Nearly 800 hate crimes have been verified since the election of a white supremacist as our president. Others who agree with Trump’s beliefs have found a voice and a leader and placed him in the Whitest House in our nation. Crimes against Muslims, blacks, Hispanics, women, and the LGBT community are on the rise, and tension has risen in our inner cities as minorities feel the repercussions of a Trump presidency.
Earlier this week, a 62-year-old white man shot and killed a 15-year-old black teenager in Charleston, West Virginia. According to witnesses, they had been engaged in an argument.
William Pulliam and the black teen bumped into each other at the entrance to a Dollar General, and exchanged words. Pulliam went into the store, while the teen and his friends crossed the street and sat on a porch. When Pulliam exited the store, and walked past the porch, they began to argue again. The teen began to walk across the street, when Pulliam pulled out a handgun and shot the boy; killing him.
“The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street,” Pulliam reportedly told police, according to a criminal complaint cited by the newspaper.
The Charleston police have asked the FBI to investigate the matter, and make a conclusion whether or not this was a hate crime.
Trump’s entire campaign was based on fear, hatred, and the incitement of violence. Are the actions of his supporters post-election a surprise? Hillary Clinton once claimed that one-half of his supporters were a “basket of deplorables.” It appears that she was telling the truth, something Republicans and the media dislike.
Trump has already surrounded himself with unqualified individuals; several of whom have a history of Constitutional violations. His chief adviser, Steve Bannon, is unquestionably a white supremacist who has offered prejudice and bigotry towards multiple other demographics. Rudy Giuliani is a well known racist who instituted a “stop and frisk” law when he was the Mayor of New York. The law was later declared unconstitutional by the Court. He is being considered for Secretary of State. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is Trump’s nominee for Attorney General. Thirty years ago he was denied a federal judgeship when it was revealed that he was overtly a racist. (What did they expect? He’s from Alabama). We must never forget the Trump family’s history of racism related to New York State housing laws. Finally, we must always remember that Mike Pence suffers from severe homophobia. He was the first governor to enact anti-gay laws in Indiana. Pence is a religious extremist who places his religious faith ahead of his nation and his party; at least that’s what he says.
I am not surprised, and the tense situation in our nation will only become more volatile. After Trump lies during the oath of office when he is inaugurated on January 20th, and he begins his fascist rule, the nation will erupt in protests and a denial of the right of Trump to be our nation’s legitimate president.
By James Turnage
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