I admit that I was naïve. Prior to Trump’s illegitimate win by the Electoral College I believed that anti-Semitism was rare in America. After Trump’s nomination by today’s Republican Party in name only, I was saddened to read about the increase in hate crimes across America. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than an 800 percent increase in violence against blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, and women after November 8, 2016.
In several states Republican politicians are suggesting that teaching children about the ‘Holocaust’ in schools be removed from their curriculum. I consider this unforgivable. To be informed about the good and the bad in the history of the world and in our own nation creates an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and cherish the accomplishments of today.
I learned from my Jewish friends that they have a long history of suffering. But why? Why persecute an entire religion whose history is filled with acts of peace and love? Christians and Muslims share a history of “holy wars,” but Judaism has no history of aggression.
Since Trump’s illegitimate election the worst of America crawled from under rocks, stepped out of the shadows, and slithered from the slime in cesspools. Racism and bigotry have always existed in America, and with a leader in the White House they have been emboldened. Verbal and even physical attacks have become the norm against minorities, non-Christians, the LGBTQ community, and women of all races.
Mosques have been vandalized and even burned. Synagogues have been vandalized in ways unimaginable to caring and intelligent Americans, including the desecration of cemeteries.
Trump and his circle of sinners are responsible for change in America, and not the good kind. Our nation is less than it was prior to November 8, 2016. Anger and hatred have replaced understanding and compassion. America is no longer respected by nations around the world, and the reason is solely the result of the man who unfittingly wears the label of President of the United States.
Prejudice is a synonym for ignorance. There will always be men and women who choose ignorance, but their numbers can be reduced. This is just one of many reasons why the orange man-child must be removed from the White House.
I loved my country before Trump was gifted the presidency. I was proud to be an American. I would like to feel that way again.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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