Red Larrivee wrote:coldfish wrote:musiqsoulchild wrote:
The policy direction that Trump is promising is inherently anti-immigrant and anti-minority.
Systemic racism is also racism.
OK, let's discuss his general policy discussions.
Immigration: He is clearly against illegal immigrants. He hasn't outlined much of a policy at all for legal immigrants. Illegal immigration creates a supply of cheap labor which suppresses wages for low skilled workers. Given that in many cases these are also minorities, this is not inherently racist. All of that being said, immigration on its whole is beneficial to the greater economy. Personally, I have a huge issue with ILLEGAL immigration on two fronts:
- It creates a second class group of people without the full rights and benefits of being a citizen who can be exploited.
- When presidents pick and choose which laws they enforce, then they become dictators. Its a really slippery slope.
Trade reform: The intent is to get more jobs for poor and middle class people who again are minorities. Not racist. Beneficial to the greater economy? Interesting debate.
Banning muslims: An immigrant from Afghanistan is far more likely to carry out a domestic terror attack than one from, say, Denmark. With that said, this policy is inherently racist as it is using statistics to paint an entire ethnic group. Beyond that, immigrants from Afghanistan are still pretty unlikely to carry out an attack.
Infrastructure spending: Not racist. Technically disproportionately benefits poor and middle class. Again, actually helps minorities more than white people statistically. Is it worth the additional debt though?
Repeal and replace obamacare: This hurts the working poor getting heavily subsidized health care from the government. Helps small business owners. A lot depends on what the "replace" is. Given the statistical distribution of minorities, this likely is not pro-minority.
Global isolationism: Not racist. Again, would technically free up money used for defense for domestic programs which disproportionately benefit minorities. Would this really be a good idea though?
I'm sure I am missing something. With that said, Trump's policies overall seem to benefit poor african americans more than anyone. . . . if they work. A lot of these things are aimed at helping poor and middle class people get jobs. With that said, if implemented poorly this could send the whole world economy in the toilet.
I just wish we could have a little deeper conversation about this than shutting down every discussion by shouting "racism".
As a side note, the biggest issue here is that Trump is blatantly anti-non American. He isn't trying to hide that. He is putting america and americans first and if he is successful, non americans will not benefit. A lot of the global angst is based around that. Not ever really discussed but important is just how much areas like Western Europe, Australia, Canada, etc. benefit from the global economic system that the US subsidizes. Trump is threatening to take those subsidies away.
Racism wouldn't be apart of the conversation if Trump didn't blatantly target those types of people. Minorities aren't fearing for the future of this country for no reason. Look around and read the stories and reactions that have developed since his win. You can't possibly just look the other way on that stuff. Are there some good things that can come from Trump during his term? Sure, but his actions, words and campaign hardly resemble a president-elect that we should give the benefit of the doubt and look on the bright side.
"But, there were minorities that voted for Trump, so how can he be racist!" The political equivalent of, "I'm not racist, I have a black friend and an Asian friend."
Many Trump voters and supporters/sympathizers/tolerators might not be racist but have to be very conscious of the impact of his words. Most minorities/immigrants in the US are already less aggressive because they have to face a new culture/approval for expression. They do not have the so called "white privilege" of past generations for wealth either. And, when some white people develop mob mentality, it is scary. But, when a president and his powerful supporters start giving a nod to this, it becomes worse.
Anecdotally, there are a lot of Asian/Muslim/Hispanic kids and girls who feel different today than what they felt last year at this time. There is no doubt that this has set the country back. Again, Trump might not do anything but he has empowered the right wing/racist people to bring their hidden views into the public/reality.
I am praying for the reverse impact. Hopefully, these racists/nutcases do not feel they are under siege anymore and show some empathy/tolerance towards minorities/muslims because they have their candidate as the leader.