Protesta contra el racismo de Donald Trump. Foto: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
El día en que Estados Unidos se convierta en una nación donde la mayoría de sus habitantes no sea de raza blanca se está acercando antes de lo que muchos pueden imaginarlo. Creo que ese día se está acercando con las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, un candidato que se siente en el lado correcto de la historia estadounidense y su plataforma política promueva una nación multicultural y diversa será esencial para lograrlo. Sin embargo, Donald Trump y su ‘Campaña de miedo’ están direccionando a los estadounidenses fuera de dicho progreso. Es más, están proponiendo un retroceso; volver a una época que carezca de comprensión y compasión. Me explico.
According to a March report by the United States Census Bureau regarding the size and composition of the U.S. population, “more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020.” This fact spells bad news for Donald Trump’s view on what direction the nation needs to be headed in. In July of 2015, Trump made headlines with his degrading comments about Mexico and Mexican immigrants. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best... they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” And Trump’s racists comments didn’t stop at the Latin@ population.
Just four months later at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama. Trump was at it again, but this time his target was the Muslim community. Referencing the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Trump was adamant when he said, “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.” As opposed to empowering the American people, Trump has relied on instilling fear into them to further his agenda of tightening the U.S. border while simultaneously perpetuating an ideology of white superiority, one that the country has been trying to deconstruct.
While some people have bought into Trump’s campaign, which is evident in a joint survey conducted by CNN and ORC International that found 49% of American primary voters would choose Hillary Clinton while 47% would pick Donald Trump, Trump’s ideology cannot stand the test of time. Although, if he has this much support now, what will change the minds of the 47% in favor of him? Simply put, none of what Donald Trump has to say is rooted in any sort of fact, which was just highlighted in a recent article from Politifact that claimed Donald Trump’s campaign misstatements as the “2015 Lie of the Year.” Throughout the course of his campaign up to this point, Trump’s misstatements have been quite expansive and diverse.
Instead of apologizing or backtracking on some of his statements, Trump has instead decided that a better course of action would be to deflect accountability and retreat into a defensive corner. Is he supposed to fact check every statistic he uses publicly? Well, maybe not, but the statements that he does claim to be fact would be much easier to believe if they were anywhere close to the real statistic. For example, Trump made a colorful comment on violence in the United States where he stated that, “Whites killed by whites — 16%. Whites killed by blacks — 81%.” This statement is entirely false. For starters, most people are killed by people they know and of the same race as them. Based on numbers from 2014, the correct statistic is that 82% of Whites were killed by other Whites and 15% of Whites were killed by Blacks. Trump hasn’t stopped at degrading the people trying to come into the United States, but he’s also focused his efforts on targeting oppressed communities within the U.S. to assign blame. Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history and not who we need as our leader while we continue to try and progress in the right direction.
As stated in a June report by the Pew Research Center titled, “Multiracial in America: Proud, Diverse and Growing in Numbers,” multicultural Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S. With his ‘Campaign of Fear,’ Trump has committed himself to disregarding the positive progress that a multicultural nation would undoubtedly bring, and already has. There is evidence that immigrants are creating businesses and revitalizing the U.S. job market. On the whole, immigration bolsters the workforce and positively contributes to the nation’s overall economic activity. By throwing around ideas of building a wall to separate the United States and Mexico, not allowing members of the Muslim community into the United States, denying Syrian refugees and attacking the Black community, Trump is actively working to thwart economic productivity and social progress. Trump has decided to cling to an ideology that is outdated and archaic, and despite those in favor of him, positive progress has to prevail.
Try as he will, Trump can not deny the numbers that will soon contribute to his demise as a viable presidential candidate. In an April report by the Pew Research Center titled, “Reflecting a racial shift, 78 counties turned majority-minority since 2000,” the results found that the white share of the population is declining. “From 2000 to 2013, 78 counties in 19 states, from California to Kansas to North Carolina, flipped from majority white to counties where no single racial or ethnic group is a majority.” Trump can surely try to convince the American people that the white population holds superiority and the majority, but the direction the U.S. is headed in based on these numbers gives Trump’s claims very little fact to be rooted in. Granted there is still much work to be done, the U.S. is heading in a direction that has no room for Donald Trump and his hateful speech.
Lo más importante es darse cuenta de que hay personas que creen y apoyan a Donald Trump. Actualmente el 47% de la población de Estados Unidos está de acuerdo con los disparates de Trump. Como blanco, masculino privilegiado y que opera en una sociedad que oprime sistemáticamente a las personas de color y trabaja a mi favor, Trump sólo puede continuar y ensanchar los problemas sistemáticos que Estados Unidos enfrenta y que debiera enmendar. Este país no tiene que operar en base a la mentalidad maniquea de “nosotros contra ellos”. Para lograr un mundo inclusivo, Estados Unidos debe dejar en el pasado las ideologías viejas y derechistas como las de Donald Trump. El poder del amor y la compasión es mucho más fuerte que el amor por el poder.
A young protestor holds a sing outside a campaign event for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Laredo, Texas, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Photo: LM Otero
Parker Asmann is a 2015 graduate of DePaul University with degrees in Journalism and Spanish, along with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. He is currently residing in Chicago while focusing on issues of social justice and human rights. He is a member of El BeiSMans Editorial Board.