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America has been witnessing a spate of racist attacks and hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the US. These perpetrators of hate crimes apparently have found the liberty knowing that the new administration (read Trump) harbours similar ideologies and has promised to enforce laws legalising discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The two may not be directly linked, but it is evident that after one of the most Xenophobic and Homophobic Presidential campaigns in modern American history, the aggressive uneducated white supremacists and orthodox catholics have a newfound strength to drive out immigrants, homosexuals, muslims, blacks and pretty much anyone who is non-white to achieve their goal of majoritarianism.
States across the US saw huge graffitis and billboards plastered with messages like ‘Make America White Again’ and ‘Build the Wall, Keep em out’. Nazi messages turned up on several public places with symbols of swastikas invoking the Nazi ideology that advocated ‘racial cleansing’ by genocide.
For ages, the US had been the promised land with millions of people migrating to it in search of the American dream. Americans were known to be the people with large hearts who could share that dream with others. However, this election has revealed the dark underbelly of the US society.
The average non-white or immigrant faces a massive amount of racism, aggression and is regularly typecasted. The poor white population is also not left untouched from the vile aggression with the term “trailer trash’’ popular in undereducated Americans’ discourse. While denial over decades has only hidden the issue, Trump’s election has opened a pandora’s box. Millions of visiting students, immigrants, tourists remain in fear of the upcoming days as Trump comes to power. His orthodox, feudal, sexist, misogynist and chauvinistic ideology has resonated with tens of millions of American men and to a large extent, even more alarming, women.
Trump tapped into the collective phobia of this population and rode on that tide to the oval office. He promised to undo all executive orders passed by President Barack Obama to protect the rights of African Americans, immigrants and their children, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ community and other minorities. Exploiting the phobia of this conservative class meant that all of Trump’s antics, outbursts, outrageous statements, embarrassing revelations and intellectual bankruptcies didn’t mean anything to the voters as he promised to make America great (white) again.