Here I go again, but I’m not sorry. This is a subject which symbolizes the demise of my America more than any other.
The United States has always lagged behind the rest of the developed world with solving its problems related to racism and bigotry. Great strides were made in the 70’s and 80’s, but they all appear to be forgotten just four months and eleven days after Trump’s inauguration.
The truth is that beginning in June 2015 when Trump declared his candidacy, hate crimes began to rise in America. The television media simply ignored the beginnings of the ‘Trump Effect.’
Only three percent of all hate crimes are reported according to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Therefore an accurate governmental database does not exist. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center, attempts to keep tabs of the rise in hate crime which is now the greatest danger to minorities and others in America.
The media could not cover-up the horrific attack on three men who were attempting to protect two young women on a train in Portland Oregon last weekend. Two of the men died. But unreported were other incidents including Anthony Hammond.
Hammond was screaming obscenities outside of a California apartment building. He was wielding a machete and stabbed an African American until he died.
Also last weekend a white man intentionally drove his pick-up over a Native American; killing him.
A Republican lawmaker threatened to shoot his colleague over an immigration battle.
The list goes on as African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Homosexuals, and Jews live in rising fear of a white supremacist uprising.
These groups have been in the shadows, but with a leader in the White House they have become emboldened.
“Trump supporters are now feeling legitimized in their hatred and wanting to act out further,” said Ryan Lenz, senior investigative writer with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has tracked a rise in hate groups and incidentsduring Trump’s campaign and since his inauguration. “It speaks to a climate of hate and intolerance across the country. These three are not isolated.”
During his vile rallies, Trump encouraged hatred and violence; his supporters were listening. Some estimates claim that hate crimes have increased 800 percent since November 8th, 2016. Black churches, mosques, and synagogues have been damaged, and some destroyed. Having color in your skin or wearing a hijab makes you a target. This is not my America; this is not what our founding fathers foresaw when they signed the Constitution.
Why isn’t the television news reporting the truth? Follow the money. Real news is not sensational enough to sell advertising. Of course FOX Noise would never report anything which might expose the real Donald J. Trump.
I no longer watch any of the major networks. They either lie to us with incomplete stories, or they lie by omission. They must be forced to report the truth. America under Trump’s fascist rule has no opportunity to become great. We are in a decline which will destroy all democracy in our once beloved nation.
Politicians such as Trump, Steve Bannon, Steve King, Jeff Sessions, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Alex Jones, and others are responsible for encouraging hatred and violence in America. The FOX Noise network has intentionally divided our nation for more than 20 years.
I believe that it is up to people like myself to bring the facts to the light of day. America has its first openly white supremacist president. He is hurriedly making efforts to destroy all of the American people other than wealthy, white, Christian men. The latter is untrue, but they claim to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, while in fact they are spitting on his very commands.
America deserves better. We cannot tolerate a leader who represents the worst of our country. He must be removed at all costs; and his hypocritical party along with him.
By James Turnage
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