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UTUSN's Journal
UTUSN's Journal
May 5, 2016

This is worth it:"newly emboldened (by DRUMPF)American Racist." Cannot vote him,stay home,or spoiler

[font size=5]The Newly Emboldened American Racist[/font]

Jennifer Sabin

I have to thank Mr. Trump for opening my eyes to the American ugly I didn’t want to see. I needed a wake up call. [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]I’m not closed off in some strange, futuristic liberal world[/FONT]. I live in a diverse community with a mix of political and social viewpoints, and I consistently read newspapers and websites with differing ideologies. I know my American history and I know what racist people have been saying about President Obama for the last eight years. I’ve watched the videos of young black men shot by cops. And I’ve listened to the calls for racial justice on college campuses. I’ve worked on a college campus where I was the minority, and my students have spoken and written about their experiences. Throughout my life I’ve heard stories from my Jewish friends about the nasty comments they’ve endured. So yes, I understand how deeply racism and bigotry run through American culture — as much as any educated, white, Protestant person can really understand it — even if I don’t hear it in my home or my backyard.

But what I didn’t understand until this election, until I started paying closer attention to the voices of [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]ordinary Americans[/FONT], is how terrifying it is to read what some of them write on public forums, or [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]to hear them say out loud what they really think about other Americans[/FONT]. The racists and bigots of America have always been out there. There have always been hideous trolls on the Internet. But [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]now they are emboldened[/FONT] in a big way [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]by[/FONT] the bellicose Donald [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Trump[/FONT]. He’s opened Pandora’s box, and nobody can shut it.

Look: I’m going to write this again and again, right up until Election Day. [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]You cannot view this election solely as a choice between two platforms, two parties, or two personalities[/FONT]. This election is about much bigger issues. It’s about the way way we look at people, and talk about them, and care for them. It’s about the soul of America and its relationships to the world. If you care about that, [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]you cannot vote Trump, or stay home, or vote for a third party spoiler[/FONT].

How can this man, who has fomented so much anger and hate, represent the United States to the World, and to its own people? How will minorities feel safe in the U.S. if he is president? How can this country stand to be even further divided? The chasm is already too wide.

In his victory speech after Indiana, Trump said, “we’re going to love each other, and cherish each other.” But the hate will go on and on, If Trump is president, a possibility that moved one giant step closer to reality Tuesday night. And if that happens, none of our bubbles will be able to save us from ourselves.


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