Race Relations in America
The Donald Trump election in the U.S. sparked a lot of debate on negative race relations in the humanitarian realm. Since his campaigns that were highly associated with hate, racisms, and sexism, the president has been under fire due to racism. The Donald Trump government has returned the country to where they used to be concerning the handling of blacks. Even more than 150 years after the 13th Amendment prohibited slavery in the country, many adult citizens in the country have gone on to affect the position of black people in the United States today. The Donald Trump government had been accused of promoting racial inequality and having issues of skepticism, specifically against blacks. With the state of this nation, African Americans might never have equal rights with their white counterparts (Menasce, Brown, & Cox, 2019). Despite people electing Donald Trump as president of modern America, he has taken the country back to the days of racism. Donald Trump’s election as the president of the United States has undermined race relations in the country extensively.
The election of Donald Trump in the U.S. has led to a spike of hate crimes accompanied by online harassments towards minorities. Among the explanations that hold in these unlawful acts are steered by the change in social norms (Giani & Méon, 2017). Pro-racial equality, as well as trends of attitude in the country, have spread the positive feeling of the future of relations on race in the United States (Giani & Méon, 2017). The win of Donald Trump in the previous elections sends a signal that the state of social norms in the country had changed and welcomed racists attitudes in the nation. Despite there being enough evidence concerning the United States, concerning the winning of Donald Trump and the legitimization of racist attitudes have rocked the mainstream media all over the world (Giani & Méon, 2017). For example, Al Jazeera expressed their worry on the election of Donald Trump, saying that the win acts as a wakeup call for all democratic countries to enhance their solidification on the global rights branch and condemn the politics of discrimination in Europe and America as well as other regions Cherkaoui, 2016). The media has sensed that racism and prejudice might rock the United States.
Most of the studies done in the United States show that since Trump won election in the U.S., race relations have deteriorated. Just years after the Donald Trump presidency, over 60% of Americans argue that his vote has made race relations in the country to worsen (Pew Research Center., 2017). Only 8% of the people interviewed agreed that his election has enhanced the relations of race, while only 30% say that his election has brought no difference in race relations. Just one year after Donald Trump’s election in the country, votes had few negative expectations on how his win would impact race relations in the nation (Pew Research Center., 2017). Also, in the year 2016 November, over 46% of the people said that his election would spike negative race relations. Besides, 25% of the citizens interviewed indicated that they trusted his election would have a positive impact on racism. 26% of the study population reported that they expected little change (Pew Research Center., 2017). Many of those who associate his leadership with negative race relations are the Republicans.
Additionally, an overall population estimate of 60% that participated in the interview reported that Trump’s election led the worst ever race relation to be reported in the country since it got independence. According to a study done in 2016 which focused on the people who voted in Donald Trump, reported that they had a perception that Trump would lead to the worst ever relations on race (Pew Research Center., 2017). Many of these negative views came from Republicans. 25% of the Republicans argued that Trump had made race relations to worsen (Pew Research Center., 2017). Besides, 17% of them reported that he had made these relations better, and 53% say that Trump hasn’t made any difference. Therefore, his political opponents are among those having a negative perception of his race relation handling.
Hate crimes in the United States with ethnic basis spiked after Donald Trump’s elections. According to Williams & Hauslohner (2018) of The Washington Post, just a day after the 2016 election and Trump won, hate crimes increased from 10 to 27. As per their analysis, the FBI reported that hare crime stats kept on rising. The FBI report indicated that there were no reported hate crimes in November before the elections in 2016, but the number began to spike during the election day and increased for the next ten days (Williams & Hauslohner, 2018). The New York City Police recorded one of the highest numbers of hate crime incidences in the country. However, the occurrences of the election, explains the clues on what led to the trend in the election year. For example, the Washington Post reports a case filed by the police about a 63-year-old black American lady at Queens borough of New York. The lady had found racist statements written on her door when she came home (Williams & Hauslohner, 2018). Many cases were reported on the anti-racist remarks made against blacks by the whites.
The state of race relations in the U.S. has continued to worsen year after the other. According to the Pew Research Center. (2019), many of the Americans have a negative view on the state of race relations in the country. About 7 of a group of ten, report that the situation is worsening day after the other. Over two thirds of those examined state that it has even become a regular thing for individuals to express their racist attacks openly since the election of Donald Trump, despite it not being acceptable in the United States (Pew Research Center, 2019). Opinions concerning race relations state in the country and how Trump has handled the issue and the extent of attention which his government pays to these relations across all ethnic groups is a topic of discussion. According to the study by Pew Research Center. (2019)The minorities which include Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics are more likely to attribute the Trump government to negative race relations that the whites and say that the concern given to race issues in the U.S. is little. Additionally, these minority groups say that citizens who are not seeing discrimination and its exitance is a huge challenge in the U.S than those seeing it in places where it doesn’t exist. However, whites are evenly divided on race issues (Pew Research Center, 2019). Therefore, Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians have the most negative perception of the state of race issues in the United States.
Donald Trump’s campaigns send a signal on hate, racism, and sexism in his government even before he won the election. Many of the people attribute his success to the existence of economic anxiety. However, reports show that racism., anti-immigrant sentiments, and sexism led to the massive support of Donald Trump. Trump had a lot of support from non-college learned whites who were responsible for misleading other voters. However, the education levels of the whites who participated in the 2016 elections based on the issues of racism and sexism, match with those of the 2000 elections. Trump’s campaigns were highly spearheaded by people who believed in sexism on women and those who denied that racism is prevalent in the U.S.
Trump has handled immigrants based on racism. Experts argue that the war by Trump’s government on immigrants is based on race, classism, and sexism (Jones, 2020). His administration is making bold strides that are aimed at causing suffering to immigrants of color in the U.S. The worst thing with his moves is that the policies don’t recognize the legal exitance of the immigrant in the country. Many experts argue that the systems can cut legal immigrations halfway through visa denial (Jones, 2020). The changes are expected to begin in October 2020. However, they have one goal that is made out of hate. It also has a racist vision based on a white ethnostate (Jones, 2020). The immigration policy targets mainly the immigrants of color originating from the Caribbean, South Africa, Asia, and other parts of Africa. This policy is made out of cruelty and horrendousness just for the sake of arrogance (Jones, 2020). The system might deprive the economy of the U.S. severely since many of these immigrants usually give it upward mobility.
The war on terrorism by the Trump government undermines racial relations in America to a certain extent. The war on terrorism is, in a way targeting Muslims in the U.S. Since the 911 attack in the country, and the nation has a domestic anti-terrorism unit that is deployed to watch over terrorists who wreak havoc in the society. However, the fight against terrorism has locally had become a significant threat. Many local citizens are playing a role in terrorism activities in their country (Zhen, 2019). On the base, president Trump boasts of his counter-terrorism achievements and the measures that his government has taken to combat the issue. However, the steps taken to combat terrorism are based on hate, racism, and other discriminatory aspects (Zhen, 2019). Therefore, these fights are affecting race relations in the country because they target minority groups much.
In conclusion, Donald Trump’s election as the president of the United States has undermined race relations of the U.S. through many negative aspects. Racism has spiked in the country since his election. The police force in the United States has recorded more cases of prejudice and hate of the millennium. Some of the immigration policies taken by the country to combat intruding have been spearheaded with ate against blacks who migrate into the nation. Despite the country being one of the most diplomatic nations in the world, race relations are worsening under the leadership of Donald Trump. The fight against terrorism in the United States has focused more on Muslims, leaving them under prejudice. Any Muslim is now seen as a terrorist by the police. Donald Trump needs to put change his tactics of leadership and deceit from propagating hate and racism. The U.S. should lead as an example to the world as it perceives to hold democratic principles.
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