His candidacy was questioned, his rhetoric was deprecated, but on the apocalyptic day of 9th November, 2016, the result was before us. Donald Trump, the voice of racism, was elected as the 45th President of United States of America.
He has brazenly denigrated immigrants, Muslims, Jews, women, the LGBT community and differently-abled people. His constant spewing of venom gave the white American citizens the courage to conjure acrimony and intolerance towards other communities, a ramification of which is a dramatic upsurge in the incidents of hate crimes across the country.
Donald Trump’s victory is a time travel that takes us to America’s notorious history – the 1860s, when the Ku Klux Kaln, pioneered by white Protestant US citizens, fought for a racially pure America resorting to acts of lynching, raping, arson, murder and bombing. Reports of the Southern Poverty Law Centre reveal that more than 700 cases of intimidation and harassment have taken place in US since the day of election. However, the actual number of hate crimes is probably higher because innumerable incidents go unreported. Trump’s belittling words are used as a shield by those who commit hate crimes.
Muslim Americans witnessed a big surge of assaults against them. Mosques have been vandalised. Muslim women are beleaguered in broad day-light and are forced to remove their hijab, which is a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women, and in certain cases, their hijabs were set ablaze or they were nearly choked with it.
Nicki Pancholy reported that her car windows were smashed and her purse was stolen but a note was stuck to the windshield of the car. The note was expletive and had reference to her ‘hijab’. Ironically, Pancholy isn’t a Muslim lady and didn’t wear a ‘hijab’, rather she covered her head with a bandana to protect her from the sun as she has Lupus.
This is how intolerant and ignorant the society has become.
The FBI recorded that 59% of the hate crimes were targeted towards people of different race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religious intolerance accounted for about 20% of all attacks and approximately 18% of the attacks were based on sexual orientation. In Trump’s America even students have fallen prey to xenophobic and islamophobic comments. Students in North-Western Texas were targets of ethnically demeaning comments while they were warming up for a regional volleyball tournament.
African Americans were once treated slavishly. After years of struggle, protests and campaigns they were enfranchised, but once again the dooms-days are back. Their cars and house doors and windows, as well as the city walls have been filled with graffiti or racist comments. A woman in Colorado reported that her 12 year old daughter was threatened by a boy who said, “Now that Trump is the President, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find.”
In North Carolina, a wall reads, “Black lives don’t matter and neither does your votes.” The fear of a black man superseding a white American gnaws at a white supremist’s pride and ignites the flames of vengeance which is vented by condemnable activities.
The Indian American communities and other Asian immigrants are being ostracised for not being racially pure. Trump’s victory was a clarion call for the illegal Indian immigrants in America who, without much ado, migrated to Canada.
The LGBT community and differently abled people are considered as social inferiors in Trump’s America. Hitler exterminated disabled people in Germany to achieve a superior society, however, the section of prejudiced people in America have taken the task of harassing and humiliating the disabled, the homosexuals and the transgenders upon themselves after the elections.
While Hillary Clinton was specific about policies to expand the ‘social safety net’ to people with disabilities, Trump clearly intends to deny services and legal protections to them, thereby adding pain to their already tough lives.
Chris Ball, a Canadian film producer who lives in Calgry was attacked by few people who smashed a beer bottle over his head and yelled anti-gay slurs at him. In North Carolina a note was left on a gay couple’s car reading, “Can’t wait until your marriage is overturned by a real President. Gay families = burn in hell. Trump 2016.”
It should be taken into account that supporters of Trump are not the only ones disseminating violence even anti-Trump supporters are perpetrators of violence and animosity in various instances. Few African American boys physically tortured a white American for voting Trump. The “Black Lives Matter” mob attacked a man in California for wearing a Trump hat.
The outcome of 2016 Presidential election in America has spurred widespread disharmony, thereby making lives cumbersome for all residing there. Due to lack of efficacious hate crime monitoring mechanism, it is challenging to keep track of the hate crimes committed all across the nation.
The only way it can be prevented is through realisation of the need to respect other person’s rights and being tolerant towards one another. This can only be effectuated by the inclusive policies of the Government which refrains from discriminating on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity and ancestry.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
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