Hate Crimes Are All Around U.S.: Where Is Trump?
His silence is deafening.
AlterNet June 1, 2017
On Wednesday, a noose was found at an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Visitors to the museum alerted staffers and park police shut down the exhibit, which focused on segregation, for three hours while the noose was removed.
This is the second noose found on museum grounds in less than a week.
Nooses are potent symbols of anti-black racial hatred and violence. They reference the years of American history—that is, the majority of this country’s existence—when African Americans were regularly lynched by white mobs, who often made a day of it, picnicking nearby and then posing with the bodies in photos that became postcards. The infractions for which black folks were lynched included bumping into a white person, or wearing their military uniforms after World War I, or not using the appropriate title when addressing a white person. This was terrorism against African Americans, sanctioned and not infrequently carried out by the state.
These are not isolated incidents. Racist aggression has been a part of America’s character since its founding, but Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidency have emboldened racial terrorists like few things in recent memory. The Southern Poverty Law Center documented more than 1,300 hate crimes “between the 2016 election and February 2017.
These ominous reminders of America’s dark history with lynching have appeared around the country.
More recently, three people were killed by white supremacists in a week’s span: black college student and Army officer Richard W. Collins III in Maryland, and two men who were attempting to defend teen girls from a racist attacker in Portland.
It’s a myth that things have calmed down since the days following Trump’s inauguration, when hate crimes spiked around the country. The racism Trump exploited and exacerbated hasn’t gone away. Far from it.
With a president whose silence speaks volumes, angry Trump supporters are not shutting up or backing down, and this president is certainly not pretending he’s asked them to. They are still making violent threats and carrying them out.
In a courtroom Tuesday, Jeremy Joseph Christian, the suspect in the Portland stabbing, called the murders an act of “patriotism.” We have a president who will not contradict that idea.
А здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМИ продолжают нахваливать псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США.
О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс США, фашистские ФБР и ЦРУ, лживые американские СМИ…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США