Bigotry Spreads in the Name of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the notion that he road a wave of racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia in order to secure the electoral college votes needed to win the White House. Whether Trump believes he has enabled them or not, however, there is no longer any doubt that his victory has caused many people to fully embrace their own ugly bigotry.

White supremacists were already growing bolder as Election Day approached. Now, with their champion about to swear into office, violent acts and harassment is increasing daily.

LGBTQ activists are reaching out to comfort and support community members who are afraid of the changes a Trump administration may bring, and they are right to worry. Besides the growing number of Trump cabinet picks who claim religious liberty allows them to discriminate based on sexual and gender orientation, even every day interactions are opening them up to harassment.

In Colorado, a gay man was called a “faggot that voted for Hillary” by a store employee when he was out shopping with his four year old son. In Indiana, where vice president-elect Mike Pence hails, a church was vandalized with anti-gay slurs and swastikas just a week after Election Day.

Of course the attacks are just as often racially and ideologically motivated, too. Hate crimes against Muslims have surged since Trump was declared the winner of the election contest and show no sign of abating.

In Pennsylvania, a man threatened two Muslim women with his gun and shouted at them to “Go back to Africa,” causing them to remove their headscarves and run in order to evade him.

And according to Huffington Post, a number of California mosques received identical letters praising Trump’s election and advocating for genocide. “There’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims,” they read. “He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”

The harassment isn’t just targeting Muslims, either. Just a few weeks after the previous Indiana church was tagged with homophobic graffiti, another had racial slurs spray painted on its door. In fact, churches appear to be a favorite target for white supremacists, currently. A Silver Springs, Md., church was tagged “Trump Nation. Whites Only” on November 14.

Trump backers – or just those who support bigotry, sexism and hate – are growing ever bolder, and what used to be the thoughts of anonymous commenters on the internet are now becoming everyday public rantings.

Meanwhile, as a society, we are still too shocked to know exactly how to react to this change. A viral video of a passenger on a Delta flight berating rows of flyers — telling them, “Donald Trump, baby! We got some Hillary bitches on here?… Donald Trump! It’s your president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad!” — was disturbing not just because of the man’s fervor, but the fact that no one watching appeared to have any idea how to stop him, instead ignoring him as he continued to yell. Delta later responded after a mass of publicity by apologizing and saying in the future such activities will get a passenger removed from the flight.

Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this total change in our cultural dynamic is how — despite the fact that we have seen over 800 incidents of hate crimes committed just in the weeks post-election, and schools are overwhelmingly reporting upticks in racial slurs and unrest of the type that signal a whole new generation of children believing this is not only normal but utterly acceptable — it is the Trump supporters themselves who are claiming they are the ones facing discrimination.

From complaining that they didn’t get their coffee fast enough to a customer accusing black employees of racial discrimination for encouraging her to buy a reusable bag, Trump voters are loudly invoking his name whenever they believe they are somehow being victimized.

We haven’t even officially begun the Trump administration yet, and so far it appears that the only protected class includes only those who voted for him. Who knows how many more hate crimes will be committed in his name.

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Peggy B
Peggy B11 months ago

Noted

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Sue H
Sue H11 months ago

The Vile one thrives on fomenting chaos.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R11 months ago

Thank you for posting your opinion.

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Lesa D
Past Member 11 months ago

disgraceful...

thank you Robin...

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Carole R
Carole R11 months ago

Very sad.

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Lisa M
Lisa M11 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M11 months ago

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Lisa M11 months ago

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Lisa M11 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M11 months ago

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