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Hate spreads with post-election harassment

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 12:00 pm

 The results of the 2016 Presidential election have left many people both in shock and fear. Some of these people's greatest fears became a reality not only because someone who has no political experience just became the leader of our country, but also the fact that this man has condoned racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia. 

 Many of us refuse to call him our president and we have every right to refuse. President-elect Donald Trump has started a trail of hate and harassment through his supporters and after he has won the presidency that has only enabled his supporters to do whatever they want because they got his support.

 According to the CNN article by Holly Yan, Kristina Sgueglia and Kylie Walker titled, "'Make America White Again': Hate speech and crimes post-election" just days after the 2016 presidential election results, there have been 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation. The numbers were counted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 Many minorities in the country have been actively victimized and have been on defense because anything can happen at any moment. Harassment has been occurring everywhere. People have been targeted while they are at school, when they walk in the street, at grocery stores and while they are at work. Anywhere is fair game to become the stage of a hate crime.

 According to the aforementioned CNN article, Trump has expressed his sadness about the way his supporters have been treating minorities in this country. Well, he's a bit too late. Now that they made him president, he wants his supporters to stop harassing minorities.

 This man is unbelievable. This is a man who during his campaign has made it clear to his supporters that if they get arrested for hurting people who are against him, he will bail them out of jail. He is full of B.S. He should have thought of that before he built a campaign on xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, racism and sexism.

 Pride flags are being burned; racist graffiti has vandalized the homes and cars of African-Americans; women have been sexually assaulted; women in the Muslim community have been cornered and have had their hijabs ripped from their head, which is an assault to them because they choose not to show their hair in respect to their religious beliefs.

 Harassment and assault should not be condoned, it should be condemned.

 After Trump was elected president, many have also joked about what that meant for people within the Hispanic or Latinx community. 

According to The New York Times article by Caitlin Dickerson titled, "Post election harassment, case by case" Isabel Manu, a classmate of a Mexican girl whose parents came to the country illegally, decided to make a cruel joke of Trump's statements concerning his planned wall to keep all the Mexicans out from coming into this country. Dickerson stated that by, "Using clothing and shoes, she [Manu] built a wall in Ms. Sanchez's dorm room at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and left a note saying, 'Trump won so here is a little preview of what's to come.'"

How can anyone find that to be ok? Manu failed to see or dismissed what Sanchez was going through, having someone like Trump say hateful and spiteful things about the people in her country. Not only was her action offensive, but it was also ignorant. If Manu was a true friend, she should have known that it wasn't right for her to do that. 

In the same article, a teacher was suspended after he made a racist remark towards some African Americans students. Dickerson stated that "John Sousa, a high school teacher and golf coach in Wesley Chapel, FL., was suspended from work after students accused him of telling a group of black classmates, 'Don't make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa.'"

According to the other The New York Times article by Caitlin Dickerson and Stephanie Saul titled, "Campuses Confront Hostile Acts Against Minorities After Donald Trump's Election" in Durham, NC, "there has been walls facing a busy intersection were painted with graffiti Tuesday night with the message, "Black lives don't matter and neither does your votes."

 This baffles me, because this country is not for Trump and it certainly is not for all those Caucasians who have staked their claim to it. This is the Native American's land. And quite frankly, if they were to send people back, I guarantee you it would not be African-Americans, Hispanic- Americans or Muslim-Americans. 

 

 sgerm2@brockport.edu

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