Donald – since you were elected on Nov. 9, the number of racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ incidents has soared. Now, it’s time to be presidential and demand that your misguided followers cease the hate and instead show American tolerance for others.
Donald Trump, do you really want to be known as the president who inspired students at York, Pennsylvania’s School of Technology, to walk through their school shouting “White Power,” while holding up a Trump/Pence election poster?
Or the inspiration for students at Royal Oak Middle School in Michigan who chanted ,”Build a Wall”, at students from Mexican-American backgrounds, in their cafeteria at lunchtime?
Donald Trump – are you proud that a Baylor University sophomore was walking to class when she was bumped off the sidewalk by another student, who sneered at her with the words, “no n****rs allowed on the sidewalk… I’m just trying to make America great again.”
Do you really think that vicious racist chanting and insults make America great? Do swastikas and “Go Trump” graffiti that were scrawled over a children’s playground in Brooklyn, named after Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch, make you proud?
New York City's Adam Yauch park vandalized with swastikas. Until kids replaced them with hearts https://t.co/HE4b6msPWg
— TIME (@TIME) November 19, 2016
If not, then you need to take time out from mean tweeting to the Hamilton cast, to make a major public statement deploring the hate and harassment that is sweeping the country in your name. These are not just a few anecdotal incidents. Sadly hate crimes are up throughout the country.
“I can tell you unequivocally that reported hate crimes are on the uptick. Reports have been coming in to all of our 27 regional offices,” Debra Lauter, SVP of Policy and Programs at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tells HollywoodLife.com. “We are hearing particularly about swastikas incidents. Actually my own son’s friend found a swastika on her elevator, here in New York City.”
The Trevor Project, an organization providing support and services for LGBTQ reports to Hollywoodlife.com that they’ve seen a 116% increase in calls from young people who are frightened since Donald Trump was elected as the next president.
Donald Trump, so far you have only made one public statement about the hate and harassment that has been unleashed in your name. In fact, you claimed at first in a recent TV interview that you hadn’t heard about any of the reports of racial, anti-Semitic or sexist slurs or threats committed since your election.
“I’m very surprised to hear that,” you responded to journalist Lesley Stahl, in a 60 Minutes interview on Nov. 13. “I hate to hear that.” Then, you insisted that it must be “a very small amount of instances”.
When Stahl asked you to send a message to the haters, you replied, “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, cause I’m gonna bring the country together. I am so saddened to hear that. And I say ‘stop it.’ If it helps. I will say this, and I will say it right to the cameras, ‘Stop it.'”
That’s a good start, Donald, but it’s not enough. You need to say more and in a stronger, more dramatic way. Take a cue from New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke out with a “heavy heart”, after learning that hate crimes had spiked 31% in NYC in the past year.
“The ugly political discourse did not end on Election Day,” he said.”In many ways, it has gotten worse, into a social crisis, that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” Cuomo told the congregation at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on November 20. “We will fight sexism and racism and bigotry wherever we see it. We will stand up for the rights of immigrants because we believe our diversity is a strength, not a weakness… let me be clear. This is the state of New York, not a state of fear. We will not tolerate hate or racism.”
Now, Donald Trump, those are the kind of powerful and reassuring words of tolerance and togetherness, that we need to hear from you.
No one should be afraid to go to school or college or to go out on the street or to a playground in this country because they fear they will be bullied because of their background, gender identity, religion or color of their skin.
‘”Stop It” was a good start, but he (Donald Trump) needs to speak out to continue the message in his acceptance speech, we must come together,” points out the ADL’s Debra Lauter. She also urges all Americans to say “Stop it.” “We need people of good will to stand up. If we don’t, it will give green light to the haters or the hate will be normalized.”
That’s exactly what the Baylor University community did to support Natasha Nkama, the sophomore who was pushed off the sidewalk by a racist Trump supporter. Following the incident, 300 Baylor students, teachers and school administrators gathered two days later to walk her safely to class in an overwhelming show of love and support.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 13, 2016
Donald Trump — as our future president, that’s what we need from you. Leaders lead. We’re waiting.
How To Fight Hate
If you witness a hate incident, let the victim or victims know that you saw what happened and that you support them. Contribute to a group that fights hate crimes and incidents, and provides support to the victims:
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
The Anti-Defamation League: 1-212-885-7700
The American Civil Liberties Union: 212-549-2500
The Southern Poverty Law Center: 334-956-8200