Why Trump Needs to start Tackling White Supremacism
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Two weeks ago, over a period of 72 hours, numerous hate crimes (some attempted, some successful) were carried out against the Jewish population, the African American population, and those with different political views to the President within America. Although these attacks have been directed at certain ethnicities or beliefs, their impact is far greater. This is an attack on everything America claims to stand for. Of course I am not accusing Donald Trump of directly causing or approving of these attacks, however it is his outspoken and oppressive views- along with his silence on some events- that has stoked the environment in which America now resides. Trump has changed the identity of the racist and the white supremacist. In past years, these people would hide behind hoods and slurs. Now, a white supremacist takes the form of a lawyer, a politician, senators. Trump has made it acceptable for these people to step out of the dark. These crimes are being committed in the name of the ‘Greater Good’, in a bid to ‘Make America Great Again’. The thing that struck me most about those 72 hours was the President’s presence on his twitter page. He was quick to condemn the attack on the synagogue as well as the packages being sent to his political opponents.
However, scrolling down Trump’s feed I cannot fail to notice the absence of a single tweet or retweet regarding the shooting of the two African Americans who were shot by a white gunman in a grocery store in Kentucky. The man had originally tried to force entry into an ‘historically black church’ but had turned to the store when he failed to enter the place of worship. In April, a white man entered a Waffle House in Tennessee and shot three African Americans one Latino. Speaking on this, the Atlanta Black Star reported,
...This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
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This is what the President had to say in response to the shooting in the synagogue: “Look at the violence all over the world, the world has violence, the world is a violent world. And you think when you’re over it it just sort of goes away. But then it comes back in the form of a madman, a wacko, I think one thing we should do is we should stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty.” In past interviews, Trump has failed to condemn the Ku Klux Clan, has attacked muslim immigrants, as well as the populations of South America who are fleeing for their lives. After Trump was elected in 2016, the Progressive Charlestown news, Rhode Island, released an article entitled 'This HORRIFYING List Is Exactly Why We Can’t Say ‘It Will Be Okay’ Under Trump.' Amongst the list were these terrifying events:
You think that Trump would’ve tweeted something great by now about the Hero in the Waffle House shooting if the hero was the one on the right instead of being the killer? @AP pic.twitter.com/67GtJa0crQ— Mr. Reynolds (@melreynoldsU) April 23, 2018
- Students were parading with Trump signs around their school and chanting, “White power!”
- Students at a middle school in Michigan were chanting, “Build the wall!”
- The world’s premier white supremacy organization, the Ku Klux Klan, held a victory parade for Trump
Image Credit : Progressive Charlestown
- Students at Maple Grove High School found, “Fuck n*****s, #fuckallporchmonkeys, #whitesonly, #whiteamerica, and Trump Train,” with the word “blacks” inside a circle with an x through it scrawled on a classroom door
- Muslim women in three disparate locations around the country reported being attacked for wearing hijabs. One man choked his victim with her hijab
- Nazi imagery is appearing around the country, including the words, “Trump,” and “Seig Heil,” some of which appeared on the anniversary of Kristallnact, or the night in 1938 that the Nazis burned and looted Jewish businesses and synagogues.
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