Editorial

America after Trump

 

Speak against fear

 

The United States of America has elected a reality television star as its leader. The racist sentiments of the alt-right have smoldered since Donald Trump uttered the words “build a wall,” and have now spilled over into the American public.

There have been reports of minorities being assaulted across America in terrible ways. Social media has exploded with stories of attacks on minorities, and pictures of swastikas drawn on playgrounds, on cars and in neighborhoods coat the internet in a sickening oily film.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that forty percent of all racist incidents have occurred in educational settings. Immigrants have faced the greatest brunt of these racist attacks, followed by black communities and then LGBT communities.

Trump called for an end to these attacks. He said in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes in reference to the racist attacks, “And I will say right to the camera: ‘Stop it.’” These words, however, are not enough.

We, The Threefold Advocate, first wish to say to Mr. Donald Trump: you have been very, very irresponsible with your words. It is simply not enough to stoke a fire and then to tell it to stop burning, like when you called for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and when you called for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

What you have done, Mr. Trump, is terrifying. You have validated feelings of fear and resentment in people’s hearts. You have exacerbated and irritated a wound that has been festering for so long in our country’s history. Through fear-mongering you have won an office you do not fully understand.

We The Threefold Advocate now address those minority communities who face a complicated, yet transparent threat: We want you here. Please speak and don’t stop speaking. Let it be known until this nation collapses that refugees and immigrants founded the United States, and that God Himself created every person, nationality and culture that lives under this burning sky.

We The Threefold Advocate see you, we love you and we cannot say this world or this very community would be in any way good without you. Those oppressed groups help to make us who we are. We The Threefold Advocate stand as a mouthpiece for those who cannot speak and for those who are afraid to. We speak against that fear that would refuse a beggar our bed or a refugee our table. We speak against this ridiculous wall, this heinous ban and against anything in our own spirits that denies the God honored directive to love at the risk and threat to our own lives.