November 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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November 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm
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November 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm
Emboldened by the election of bigoted narcissist Donald Trump, legions of followers are taking to streets. Their form of celebration has been to unleash a wave of hatred, bigotry, homophobia, intimidation and terrorism that our country hasn’t seen this openly in a while. I do not believe it is any bit of an understatement to call all of this terrorism. One would be foolish to suggest mob violence and acts such as what I will be describing have any goal but to intimidate, scare and ultimately do harm and violence to those who it is perpetrated against. That is, after all, the definition of terrorism. Terrorists aim to create a cultural climate of fear, intimidation, confusion for their political ends. Trump and his followers have been establishing this climate of fear, hate and xenophobia throughout his campaign. With victory a wave of racial hatred and white supremacy has sprung forth emboldened by electoral success.
For those of you who continue to think this a normal election and things will normalize now, I’ve got some very bad news. Pandora’s box has opened and the demons inside will not be put back in. Our democracy and civil society has been broken. The dog whistle of racism and bigotry has called for the attack dogs. And like loyal servants the dogs are willing to oblige. The wave of hate crimes occurring now is part of the Dirty Harry vigilante fantasy/ fascist impulse that has afflicted the political right and the Republican Party in America for years. The election of Trump has given a new voice and tacit approval by not doing anything to calm or contain its followers. As we speak, the rule of law is being openly questioned by self-appointed dispensers of “racial justice” and mob rule. Formerly closeted bigotry is bursting forth in senseless act after senseless act of hatred and violence, creating a climate in which minorities in this country are afraid for their physical safety and uncertain as what the future holds for them.
For those of you who supported Trump and still cling to the notion that you are not racist becasue you don’t approve of such acts. I lay these thoughts at your feet. How can you claim this when you voted for a person who deftly and openly used racism to gain access to the Oval Office? Donald Trump was very unambiguous in his aggressive racism. He demonized anyone and everyone who isn’t part of his rich white male in-group in his quest for the oval office. This is not a secret. This is not a subtle conspiracy. This is conventional wisdom.
If you voted for Trump it is time to stop pretending you aren’t a racist. It is unethical to separate Trump’s other plans from the divisve racism that drives the hateful rhetoric he been offering his rallies. When given the choice between an open democratic society and open bigotry, you chose the latter. If you chose to ignore his seemingly endless spitting of venom, and voted for him anyway for some other reason, you too are a racist because you chose to ignore the racism and approved him anyway. Your lack of moral clarity and character has given rise and approval to a grave threat to our civil society.
This doesn’t even get into the fact that Trump was endorsed by the KKK and a number of white supremacist groups. This alone makes my point. This alone should have been enough warning that something was truly wrong. David Duke and Stormfront are no longer the face of white supremacy in America. You and your new president-elect are.
These are not normal times and this was not a normal election. I fear very much this is the beginning of the slippery slope towards the end of our open free civil society. Fear is very much the operative word here. Fear is the defining characteristic of this historical moment. Across the board, fear, not hope or a brighter future characterise this time. The unknown of how far down the rabbit hole Trump and his followers will take us is the question of the moment. Instead of asking ourselves how much better can we get, we are asking ourselves how much worse will it get.
I am an editorialist and not a journalist. I have decided to include a series of links rather than delve deeply into the details of so many despicable acts. The journalists who have written about these incidences will do a far better job of detailing them than I can in such a short space. Remember my Trump-voting country mates, whether you admit it or not, this is the America you voted for.
November 10, 2016 at 3:15 am
November 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm
My dear country mates. I thought we were better than this; better than this petty tribalism. I had hoped we were smart enough not to elect a tyrant and see the deep threat Trump holds for every single citizen of this country and to the very nature of a free society. Apparently Trump knew what Hitler did; the dog whistle of bigotry and hatred is just too tempting for small minds. How a country so dedicated to freedom can choose someone who is so blatantly a tyrant confuses and saddens me.
My dear country mates you need to look up the definitions of fascism and tyranny because make no mistake, you have just brought it America. Your small minded bigotry, hatred, and tribalism is pathetic.
Trump supporters make no mistake. You chose tyranny over democracy, racism over unity, fear over bravery, lies over truth. In doing so you have willingly chose to end 240 years of democracy by electing our first tyrant. Good work. You should really be proud of yourselves.
Today this great country disappoints me. I mourn the death of democracy today. America: 240 years. RIP
Enjoy your moment you racist fools because it won’t last. Make no mistake; justice is gonna come. Your hate will be conquered by love. Today, while dark and sad, is a beautiful day. For today is the birth of next civil rights movement.
Fuck you racists! I’ll see you in the streets.