Wake up and smell the feces!

We are sliding headlong into a moral wasteland filled with hate.  If Charlottesville didn’t make it abundantly clear to you that the president of the United States is a hate-filled white supremacist, with his statement that there were “very fine people” amongst violent crowds chanting antisemitic slogans in unison while carrying lit Tiki Torches through American streets, then I don’t know that anything I say here will.

Hate Pyramid

But I will say it anyway.  I must.  Because I believe there are more people like me, who are frightened and appalled at the growing normalization of hate and “othering,” than people like the New Zealand shooter who killed 49 Islamic people (including children) praying in mosques, or Anders Breivik who killed 77 people (mostly children) in Norway to protest Europe’s openness to non-white immigration, or Alexandre Bissonnette who killed six people in a mosque in Canada, or Robert Bowers who walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 Jewish worshipers after posting on social media that the Jewish refugee resettlement agency HIAS “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people” and “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” or Congressman Steve King from Iowa who regularly and shamelessly promotes “the great replacement” conspiracy theory that suggests Jews, blacks, and Muslims will replace white people and eventually subordinate them, or Jeanine Pirro using her Fox News television program to stoke fear of Muslims and Sharia Law because a Muslim member of Congress wears the religious headgear of her religion which she is entitled to do by the US Constitution, or Tucker Carlson, another Fox News television personality shown to be harboring deep-seated hatred for gays, and Muslims, and women after audio surfaced of an interview he did with a radio “shock-jock,” or Donald Trump who can’t bring himself to even acknowledge, let alone condemn, a growing trend toward white nationalism at home and abroad but can encourage Fox News to, and I quote his Twitter feed, “Be strong & prosper, be weak & die,” and not bow to public pressure to remove the racist bigots in its broadcast lineup. 

Hate speech and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump was mentioned — by name — in a lengthy manifesto published by the admitted New Zealand murderer, a white man from Australia, who described our president as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” echoing Trump’s racist greatest hits on immigration that describe immigrants as “invaders within our lands;” an American need only look as far as this faux southern border national emergency declaration and the Stephen Miller-inspired racist tropes of the invading caravan(s) of Mexican and Central American immigrants the president regularly uses to justify it, or Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former chief adviser and former head of Breitbart News, recommending everyone read the 1973 racist novel Camp of the Saints by a French writer named Jean Raspail in which feces-eating, brown immigrants invade and take over “white” France.  Yah, really.  Hey all you Americans who voted for Donald Trump:  this is what you voted for, a man being advised by someone who likes a novel about — wait for it — “shit-eating immigrants.”

Wake up and smell the   shit   er, coffee!

Hate speech

No tax cut benefitting a small group of people who have more money than most Americans will make after a lifetime of work is worth betraying human decency.  These racist, murderous manifestations of hate may not be caused by Donald Trump, but he is an avid consumer of the ideology at its root and he is emboldened by the mainstream politicians and media personalities who promote and, worse, excuse it; he is lending the imprimatur of the Oval Office to it, an office which symbolizes who we are as Americans.  Are you comfortable with being associated with the New Zealand murderer's actions and views thoughtful reader?  If you support Donald Trump, your answer is yes!

I believe I must speak out against this president and his supporters, because I am unwilling as a human being to accept even the slightest hint that I in any way accept or condone who he/they are or what they are doing.  And I firmly believe that if we all followed or consciences and spoke our minds we would greatly outnumber these purveyors of hate, intolerance, and violence.

Say it at the PTA meeting, at the pancake breakfast, in line at the DMV, when picking up your dry cleaning or getting your car washed; challenge those people in the next booth at Denny’s.  Hate must not be normalized, and every time you let it slide, thoughtful reader, you become just as hateful as the hater.  Hate speech today; bullets tomorrow.

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