#EmboldenedRacists After Election of Donald Trump

Graffiti defacing the Muslim prayer room at NYU, found on November 9th. (Photo credit: Twitter / via Instagram and Thank You Donald)
Graffiti defacing the Muslim prayer room at NYU, found on November 9th. (Photo credit: Twitter / via Instagram and Thank You Donald)

Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans “rapists” and “killers”. On the campaign trail, he has advocated a national registry for Muslims and has implied that the Black Lives Matter movement is comprised of violent criminals; he has even gone so far to condone violence against those protesters at his rallies. He has deployed racism against East and South Asians and suggested that he would restrict immigration from Pakistan and the Phillippines which he declared to among the world’s “terrorist” nations. He has insulted women, gays, and the disabled. He is the voice of the #Whitelash against globalism and America’s growing diversification.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that one of only a handful of newspapers to endorse Trump was the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan. One of Trump’s most avid supporters is former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke.

These details should have been enough for America to push Trump’s candidacy to the fringes of American politics. Instead, America elected Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday. With that victory, a brand of American racism some might have believed was left behind with the 1960’s has been emboldened and has resurfaced. Of course, the sort of unabashed hatred that rationalized redlining in the northern United States and Jim Crow laws in the South never really disappeared; after all, we are only fifty years — within a person’s lifetime — from integration.

In the last few decades, the modest victories of race activism has managed to (at the very least) push overt racism out of the mainstream. Of course, racism did not disappear; but acts of overt racism no longer had broad social sanction.

All of that work has been undone in a single day.

Within 24 hours of Trump’s election, stories of microaggressive and macroaggressive racism have swept through social media. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said today that Trump’s victory has “emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.” Reports CNN:

“White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear — especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans,” Reid continued. “Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.”

At New York University, a prayer room for Muslim students was defaced with graffiti reading “Trump!”.

Video has been shared of people of colour finding racial slurs written on their belongings, or being the target of racist chants in cafeterias and classrooms. In San Diego, a hijabi woman was harassed for wearing her articles of faith in public, one of several similar stories being shared through social media. Children are terrified that their immigrant parents will be deported by a Trump administration.

Within one day of Trump’s election, Black, Muslim, Latinx, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI), and other marginalized people have plummeted to second-class citizenship status, and we have become targets of the kind of hatred that threaten physical — not to mention psychological — safety. President-elect Trump has thus far said nothing to condemn the acts of harassment and violence being carried out against people of colour and other marginalized people in his name.

One Instagram has emerged to consolidate those reports. Thank You, Donald is asking folks to tag posts and images to #SubmitToHate so that we may shine a spotlight on how the #Whitelash has made life less safe for Americans of colour.

I invite you to follow and submit to Thank You, Donald. We must bear witness to the work of these #EmboldenedRacists, so that we may begin the work of fighting their hatred and protecting their victims.

And to all marginalized people: please stay safe out there.  For the next four years, we must take care of one another. I stand with you.

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  • pzed

    Didn’t vote for Trump. Never would. But, why is it that you think the polls were wrong? Perhaps it’s because the left has made it so socially unacceptable to express an opinion that whites were afraid to tell pollsters how they were really going to vote. Maybe we Asians would find their opinions rather odious. Deplorable even. But by pushing political correctness to the point where every cis-white male was responsible for every awful thing in society, the left made it easy for them to say fuck you to the world. The first guy that comes along and says whatever he wants without fear or embarrassment is the guy they take to be a hero. Now that the shackles have come off, they feel drunk on the freedom and spew all the hate and anger that’s been bottled up for decades.

    The worst of all possible results is that this vote isn’t just a rejection of identity politics. It’s the possibility that cis-white males have been made into an aggrieved minority group. It’s almost like we’re watching the Dark Knight in real life. The left imagined themselves as Batman fighting for justice against the organized crime syndicate of the evil whites. The left squeezed whites to the point of desperation. And in their desperation, whites turned to a man they didn’t fully understand. Now we all have to live with that decision for 4 years.

  • trer24

    Or maybe, these cis-white males have been feeling “aggrieved” ever since POC had the audacity to demand things like the right to vote or even to sit at the lunch counter. “How dare they demand to sit at the front of the bus” is what they used to say. To paint these people as reactionary victims is, in my opinion, ridiculous.

    It’s a shame that Asking to be treated like a human being is “political correctness”. Hey guess what, the white majority never felt bad when they freely hurled racist insults at PoC, dressed up white people to look like PoC, openly mocked our features on TV and movies… And now we should feel bad and reign in “political correctness” because they now feel like there’s too much? Excuse me while I go look for my tiny violin.

    And they are Free to backlash with the “SJW” and “safe space” name calling. It just reinforces how hypocritical and what jerks these people are.

  • Trump2016

    If one trump supporter does something, are all trump supporters responsible?