Fuck this shit: Trump, Racism, Xenophobia and Politics

Fuck this shit.

How many of us sat in a high school History class, silently judging the people of Nazi Germany? Why didn’t they do something? Why did no one help? We considered them complicit. We would have acted differently; we would have been louder, or stronger, or braver. We would have done something…right?

Maybe it’s complacency. In the half century or so since the end of WWII, with the memory of the atrocities of Hitler and co still somewhat fresh in our minds, Nazi sympathisers and neo-Nazis laid low. There were people still alive who remembered the war. Holocaust survivors with crude tattoos still etched on their skin, children and grandchildren asking what the numbers meant.  People were still hurting. People still remembered. 

When Trump signed that executive order effectively banning anyone coming from Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan from entering the US for 90 days, it gave credence to bigots and racists. The same people who claim they’re “not racist, but”. The ones who will now use the excuse that their hatred is OK, because the President of the United States endorses it.

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Nationalism is the most ridiculous concept, especially from a country that was *allegedly* founded on freedom from religious persecution whilst invading, exploiting and massacring the native peoples they found there. Why is the country in which you were expelled from your mother’s vagina so significant? What exactly makes people able to hate those who just happened to come flying out of a fanny on the other side of the world? It’s baffling. It makes me angry, and sad, and bloody terrified. How can seemingly sentient people dehumanise anyone to this degree?

I am quite sick and fucking tired of hearing that same old xenophobic rhetoric, disguised as domestic nationalistic altruism. How many times have you heard someone utter the words “we need to help our own first”? Ironically but unsurprisingly, these are the same people who wouldn’t exactly go out of their way to help those in need here either. They’re not volunteering at homeless shelters or helping out at soup kitchens. They aren’t campaigning against unfair assessments of health and ability from the DWP. You won’t see them protesting for equal rights and equal pay for women, and you won’t bump into them at Pride. It’s an empty excuse, because they just do not give a shit. Do they care about the shambles our education system is in or how overworked our NHS doctors and nurses are? DO THEY FUCK. They don’t care about “their own” at all, except as a means to “other” those pesky immigrants. 

Unlike many who were anti-Trump from the beginning, I was never pro-Hilary. I was well aware that the US got a shitty deal there. I’ve read posts from Trump supporters claiming all sorts of BS, from the legitimacy of “alternative facts” to claiming there is no actual Muslim ban, because banning entry to the United States to those from predominantly Muslim countries on the basis of nationality isn’t apparently evidence enough to prove there is a Muslim ban. They pluck their information from such laughable sources of “news” as the Daily Mail, the Mirror, and of course Fox News. Bombarded by actual proof of Trump’s unstable, fraudulent and misogynistic behaviour, they resort to name calling and insults flung at anyone who doesn’t just want to accept the status quo. I’ll stick to my credible sources of news, thankyouvermuch. Fun tip – if your favourite newspaper is just a glorified platform to spew racist, xenophobic, sexist, and badly written bile? It’s probably not a great source of actual NEWS. Maybe they just need to spend less time policing womens bodies and more time doing some critical thinking. It’s all about good time management.

The reaction from activists in the US has been overwhelming. The response across the world has been humbling. Maybe, just maybe, people aren’t going to take this lying down. I went to a protest against the Muslim ban last night, and the fact there was so much support just in my city was just incredible; it was the first time I’d personally felt hopeful in days. These were people who gave a shit. The ones who stood out in the freezing cold, holding signs and placards and showing support. 

These people were tangible proof that this time, we aren’t just going to let these fascist cunts walk all over us.

 

One thought on “Fuck this shit: Trump, Racism, Xenophobia and Politics

  1. “What exactly makes people able to hate those who just happened to come flying out of a fanny on the other side of the world?”

    Fucking. Spot. On. This is absolutely my favourite “fuck Trump/Nazi/racists”. I totally agree. I wasn’t pro-Hillary either. She was an arsehole, but at least- the very least- she was a democratic arsehole.

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