There is a climate of hate in Trump’s America and due to the US being the centre of world power, this is obviously effecting the globe as a whole.
During the past week three incidents are of great concern:
- A white supremacist killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg last Saturday
- Another white supremacist murdered two Black customers in a Jeffersontown, Kentucky grocery store after failing to attack a predominantly Black church minutes before the attack
- These killings happened in the same week that 12 bombs were sent to CNN, and leading Democrats, including former United States Presidents Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
Thank God that all of the culprits were caught. Law and order is still intact. But rising hate, fear, and anger must concern us all.
America is talking about these incidents. We must join the conversation and help connect the dots. We must all work to save our democracy.
Trump supporters and opponents must both stick to civil discourse. Dehumanization of immigrants and minorities must stop. Demonization of political opponents is responsible for this violence.
All three of the terrorists in the incidents this week were hateful of the “Other”.
The synagogue attacker railed against a Jewish refugee advocacy group, saying it was bringing ‘evil Muslims’ into US.
Rhetoric against refugees and immigrants has been rising since Trump’s Muslim Ban and “Build a Wall” campaigns.
The suspect who sent 12 bombs to Democratic politicians was a Trump-supporting Republican who had demonized his political opponents, plastering pictures of his targets on his van.
Political violence is connected with political rhetoric. It can be from all sides.
In worse situations, when law and order is weak, it can lead to civil wars or genocides.
President Trump did not start this hate, even if he has made it worse. And it will not go away with him.
It will take a generation or two before America frees itself from rising fear, hate, and anger.
We must, therefore, develop coalitions with organizations we can ally with to liberate America from fear, hate, and anger.
The hate which started toward Muslims in the post-9/11 world is now finding new targets.
Synagogues are not the only houses of worship targeted for attack.
The Kentucky attacker first tried to kill people in a Black church, and white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine worshippers in a Black church in North Carolina in June 2015; in Texas alone, more than 15 mosques have been attacked in the last five years
- Jews, by and large, support policies that favor immigrants and refugees.
- Anti-Semitism thrives among white supremacists. It is rooted in fascination with Nazi Adolf Hitler’s beliefs.
- Historically, Jews have been the classic target of hate in Christian societies because of the belief that that Jews killed Jesus. Muslims do not believe that.
- Although Christian theology has moved away from blaming Jews today, this belief remains in the white supremacist fringes of America.
Remember that Islamophobia is a term that was coined in America:
- It has put a name to the kind of hate and rhetoric which wiped out all Muslims from the Central African Republic, resulted in the genocide of Rohingyas in Burma, sent three million Uyghurs to Chinese concentration camps, and led the Indian government to strip four million Indian Muslims of citizenship.
- They were all authorized and demonized, called foreigners, terrorists, and accused of trying to impose Sharia.
- We must understand that it is our responsibility to fight hate in America, as minorities in other parts of the world suffer when hate is normalized here.
- Please remember to speak out against war. The cycle of war-terror-hate teaches us to hate and dehumanize each other.
May God give comfort to the families of those who have been killed in these terrorist attacks this week.