Show real leadership, Donald Trump—the hate and fear is real
Felicia Persaud | 11/24/2016, midnight
For those, including Donald Trump, who believe the fear rising in Black and Brown America is unjustified—think again!
Friday, Nov. 18, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a second report that said 701 incidents of hateful harassments have been reported to them in just one week, between Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Wednesday, Nov. 16.
That number had originally been reported at more than 200. Of the new 701 number, the SPLC, which is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, said 206 of those incidents reported were anti-immigrant.
The anti-immigrant incidents reported are varied. In Spokane, Wash., for instance, police were called to investigate a swastika and message referencing Trump that was spray-painted on a Mexican family’s garage in the Logan neighborhood.
The graffiti read, “Can’t stump the Trump, Mexicans.”
The family said they had never before been targeted for being Mexican or experienced racism in Spokane.
In Denver, an immigration law firm got a voicemail from a white woman who stated: “Get your [expletive] together and get out of our country, you [expletive] Spick.”
In Tennessee, two Asian-Hispanic children born in America were told by some white kids that they will be getting a ticket out of the U.S. soon.
In Massachusetts, a Muslim woman wearing a scarf on her head was told at a subway stop that Trump is going to kick her out of the country.
In New York City, an immigrant woman who works for a largely white real estate office, shared with me how some of her co-workers sent her an email with photo shopped images showing President Barack Obama and his wife in a trash can.
Another colleague shared how a Black Jamaican attorney carrying an armful of files entered an elevator filled with whites. He politely asked someone to press the button for his floor but he was ignored, and then they laughed out loud when he had to scurry out before the door closed on him.
The SPLC says so far, anti-immigrant incidents remain the top type of harassment reported to them. Nearly 40 percent of all incidents occurred in an educational (K-12 schools and university/college) setting.
The president-elect, who spent his campaign spewing anti-immigrant vitriol and was endorsed by the KKK, has failed to address this fear and the rising incidents of hate. Not even a tweet to his millions of followers!
In fact, he indicated in a “60 Minutes” interview that he had no idea of these incidents and when asked what his message to the haters would be, offered up a weak “Stop it.”
To make matters worse, Trump insists he will be deporting as many as 3 million immigrants out of the U.S. and turning back Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order that will leave some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants exposed to deportation.
Trump’s cabinet picks to date has done little to assuage the rising fear. When David Duke, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, expressed his approval of Trump’s recent cabinet appointments, you know we are in big trouble.