By Will C, Franklin & Marshall College
You would either have to be living under a rock or be completely naive to not notice the common trend of racism in headlines all over the United States since President Trump’s election. Whether it’s from victory speeches at the Oscar’s denouncing Trump and his racist antics, or straight from the President’s mouth, such as when he makes foolish comments like,”You have people come in and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over, that are killers and rapists and they’re coming to this country”. Since being in the spotlight as President, and no longer just a candidate, there has been a reduction in racial dialogue from Trump, but there is still plenty left in his actions.
America has been flooded with acts of racism since President Trump placed his left hand on the Bible and uttered his oath of office. This past week there was an alarming spike of horrendously racist, “Desecration of Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis, nearly 100 bomb threats made against Jewish day schools and community centers across the nation in just two months this year, and last week’s possibly racially motivated killing of a Kansas man of Indian descent”.
Someone should take a stand you say? Maybe someone who holds a position of power? Maybe the Commander in Chief? Correct, but why hasn’t he?
Trump has made little to no remarks regarding these horrendous anti-semitic and racist acts. In fact, our fearless President has decided to take the role of a bystander instead of intervening and helping denounce such acts of racism. The citizens of the United States can only do so much, we the people have elected Trump to be the booming, overbearing voice to say no to racism. And what if these acts go by as unscathed or ignored? An exponentially increasing snowball effect that could throw the United States into a similar time period as Nazi Germany. It’s a shame Trump calls himself, “The least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life” and yet sweeps these things under the carpet as if hundreds of deceased Jews weren’t just stripped of their peace and dignity. The President must use his newly appointed pedestal, his voice could not only change most of America’s view of him for the better, but could also change what the United States thinks is ok and moral since there seems to be an abundance of hate racism throughout.
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