Racism in America in Trump Era

There are two wars going on in America: a civil war

and a trade war. But the first one civil war is more crucial as it is pitting citizens against citizens, neighbors against neighbors.

Last month US TV network ABC cancelled Roseanne Barr’s sitcom because she had in a tweet described Obama advisor Mrs. Valerie Jarrett as the child of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group, and the Planet of the Apes film. This was the worst kind of social and cultural hatred that has taken root since the 2016 US presidential election. While many do not agree sentiments expressed in her tweet, too many were willing to vote for a person played with and re-tweeted these kinds of hateful ideas.
Over the course of his leadership campaign, Mr. Trump proclaimed that “Islam hates us,” promised to impose a “total and complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States” and suggested that all Muslims in the U.S. should be required to register in a database.

Among the first acts of the Trump administration was an attempt to restrict entry into the US for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, a policy that is still being challenged and in the courts. Which is why, in 2017, he became the first president for more than 20 years not to host an Iftar during Ramadan or for Eid Al-Fitr. It is good to know this year the Iftar dinner for Muslim ambassadors was held on June 6th at the White House. It was as phony as a degree from Trump University. This is the most Islamophobic administration the US has ever seen.

Fact of the matter is that President Trump election to the highest office has exacerbated racial tension all across America. Right now the country is divided along racial, religious, and cultural lines. President had aligned himself with evangelicals, who provided him voter support in 2016, but Anglo evangelical churches have remained silent. For instance Rev. Franklin Graham had not condemned Mr. Trump’s comments about immigrants, and who had suggested travel ban against Muslims even before Mr. Trump.

The bigots are coming out of the closet. The President has managed to insult every ethnicity and every gender, including the handicapped, the Muslims and the Hispanics. It was the first time a sitting President called NFL players who had kneeled ‘sons of b….”. Some have called him bigoted in chief, but that is wrong, respect is due to the highest authority in land.

A Canadian journalist Andrew Coyne recently summed up the American scene in the following words: “The sheer enormity of Trump, the impossible combination of every conceivable malignant quality in one man — comprehensive ignorance, pathological dishonesty, thoroughgoing corruption, and a seeming determination to use his time in office to cause as much damage in as many ways as he possibly can — is a constant invitation to denial. The mind does not want to believe what the eyes and ears are telling it, that an emotionally disturbed man-child has control of the White House. But it’s true. The nightmare is real.” (National Post, June 1, 2018).

After Philadelphia NFL champions Eagles were disinvited to the White House, Mayor of the city Jim Kenney said: “Our president is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend”.

ZakariaVirk, Editor

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