Many people are scared as shit right now. And it’s because a known racist, misogynist, etc. etc. has been elected as the next President of the United States. This past Tuesday November 8th, Donald Trump won the Presidential election, and it has a lot of folks on edge, to say the least.
But some people, most of them Trump voters and supporters, think those folks are making a big deal about nothing. Of course, many of those who are worried are people of color (POC). And unless you’ve been asleep for the past year, you would be familiar of Trump’s examples of racism.
Apparently, some have been asleep. One such person is a commenter whom I’ve banned, but can’t keep himself away from this blog. Yet, he felt the need to respond to my reaction to Trump’s victory. Here’s what he wrote before I marked it as spam:
Temporarily unbanning myself:
Hahaha, a bit dramatic now Brothawolf ain’t we! Look, regain your composure, stop dreaming end-times scenarios and acting like you’re going to have a hear attack and come to the realization that your life will go one as before, more or less. Be a sport and not a drama king, whadaya say? OK, I’m out, peace Brothawolf.
Rebanning in progress.
I don’t know if this is his way of telling me that everything will be alright, or if he was just fucking with me. Either way, he’s pretty much saying that my fears – the fears of POC in America aren’t merited. And frankly, I’m too worn out by racist fuckery to care about what he thinks or feels.
He is but one of many who can’t or won’t understand why a Trump Administration would and should frighten certain people. For him and others who don’t know why and would like proof of a possible turbulent period for POC, Muslims, women and others, here are a few examples – so far:
This was tweeted by Yarden Katz who witnessed the exchanged. Although it wasn’t physical, emotional damage can be traumatizing. And no doubt, the victim is hurting inside.
This next incident was tweeted by Ahmed Koala. Though one of the suspects is a Hispanic male, it shows how powerful this madness can be.
This was tweeted by NY Daily News writer Shaun King who’s been actively monitoring incidents of hate before and after Trump’s victory. Although some will deny that this has anything to do with Trump, let’s remind you of his proclamation of building a wall to keep Illegals out.
There are more tweets of such hate-fueled incidents in Al Jazeera’s article, and like the title says, it’s on the rise.
At the University of Pennsylvania, there are reports from black freshmen receiving hateful and violent messages and images on their phones after they were added to a racist GroupMe account.
A student at a Minnesota high school was shocked when he saw racist graffiti inside a bathroom, including one that reads ‘#GoBackToAfrica, #Whitesonly’ and of course ‘Trump’ See the images below.
In Durham, North Carolina, someone spray painted, “Black lives don’t matter and neither does your votes” on a side of a wall.
A San Jose State University student was attacked by a fair-skinned male who tried to pull her head scarf causing her to lose balance choking her in the process.
Two students from Babson College drove around the campus Wellesley College harassing black female students. The two students were young white male Trump fans. They are facing charges, but it’s reported that the duo was not apologetic, to say the least. Here are their faces:
The next three images are posted by Shaun King on his Facebook page. These are a series of Facebook messages from students at York Tech High School detailing racist chants, Trump-sign waving, ‘white power’ yells, sexual assault and brutal fights:
There are reports of gay slurs, racist insults and Nazi salutes yelling in the halls at Southern Lehigh High School.
In Santa Monica, California, a gay man from Canada was brutally attacked by who was reported as Trump supporters. Here’s a graphic image of the victim after the attack as well as a description as to what happened:
These are a few incidents reported that occurred after Trump’s win with more to come. In most of these reports alone, the suspects are described as supporters of Trump.
But one thing that must be clear is that racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and the like have been here long before Trump’s rise to political power. However, his campaign has been fear-based, violence induced and hate filled. So, he’s not actually innocent. In fact, he’s far from innocent. And he has yet to so much as acknowledge these episodes.
It doesn’t matter that these are ‘isolated incidents’, done by individuals and that Trump is not directly responsible. It didn’t matter to the victims and their friends and families. They were attacked, easily swayed by hatred, the hatred constantly swept under the rug and justified for generations but found ways of escaping for all the world to see. And hearing about these events only shows that a Trump Presidency will help fuel more of the same.
And anyone else who isn’t a straight, white Christian male could be next.
Recently, Kansas’ Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been named as a part of the transition team. Daily Kos reports that Kobach is one America’s most racist politicians. He was the man behind SB 1070 which gave police a right to stop, detain and prove your citizenship if you have brown skin and an accent. He’s also connected to what the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, has been a speaker for a white nationalist workshop and is known for being dedicated for making sure minorities, women and low-income citizens can’t vote. And this is the man the President-elect wants in his circle.
So, tell me again, why shouldn’t we worry?