As Jim Dean says, ‘you just can’t make this stuff up.” Today, Trump tweeted a complaint of kinds that a Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue in New York was a problem for him.
He didn’t say it was inappropriate or wrong. He didn’t say it was ugly. What he said was this…
“a big, expensive Black Lives Matter sign of Fifth Avenue (by Trump Tower)…denigrating this luxury Avenue”
What does “denigrating” mean? Sounds to us like “Niggerizing.” Is this what Trump really meant, expressed as a wiseguy code word? Let’s see what the dictionary says:
- From the Urban Dictionary:
If you “denigrate” someone, you attempt to blacken their reputation. It makes sense, therefore, that “denigrate” can be traced back to the Latin verb denigrare, meaning “to blacken.” When “denigrate” was first used in English in the 16th century, it meant to cast aspersions on someone’s character or reputation. Eventually, it developed a second sense of “to make black” (“factory smoke denigrated the sky”), but this sense is somewhat rare in modern usage.
NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
A street can’t be ‘denigrated’ as far as reputation goes. Fifth Avenue is high binder stores, office buildings and a sidewalk to stinks of piss and vomit. It doesn’t have a reputation, not one that Lysol and Clorox can’t fix, perhaps with some Pine-sol added. (expecting a product placement kickback for this one).
No, Trump mean “do darken,” from Merriam-Webster. He meant “to make black,” with a mural depicting victimized African Americans in their struggle against…Trump.
And his complaint? He doesn’t want them “Niggerizing” his “luxury” avenue. This is where his Russian mobster friends and former Slovenian “not-so-super” model lives in his ungepatchket palace with its real gold toilets and Louis XIV reproduction decor.