Politics

Trump’s Responsibility for Hate

Sunday, 13th November 2016

From Nov. 13, 2016

https://www.splcenter.org/tell-president-trump-take-responsibility-hate-hes-unleashed

Yes to this. And I’d go further, as I have been over the past few days. Now is a golden opportunity for many Trump supporters to live up to their claims of not being racist, sexist, and xenophobic. It’s easy – just do something to demonstrate that. They don’t get a pass on this. The onus is on them. Any time there is an attack by Muslims, all Muslims are asked, why haven’t you denounced this? Any time an African-American commits a major crime, the Black community is expected¬†to distance themselves. And yet, none of this applies to white Christians.

So, this is really easy, and in fact, for Trump Christians, they should have been doing this already. It’s fundamental to Christianity. “Who is my neighbour?” the Pharisees asked Jesus, when they were trying to wriggle out of his central commandment of loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and your neighbour as yourself. We know the answer to this.

Over 60,000,000 voters for Trump. He came in a strong second in the popular vote in this election. That’s a lot of people. So far, as I can tell, not one “Trump Voters Against Racism” protest. No one protesting the KKK parade. Nothing. Crickets.

The onus is always on non-whites to prove that they are virtuous. White Christians, on the other hand, are presumed good unless proven otherwise. The onus of proof has to be put on those who voted in someone who we all know, from his public statements and actions, to be racist, misogynist, and much else. Trump voters don’t have to be tarred with the same brush, but the onus is on them to show why not. I’m waiting and watching and hoping.

 

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