Five years ago, African American male Eric Garner shouted, “I can’t breathe,” as a Caucasian New York police officer choked the life out of him with an illegal hold. Although the incident was filmed via cellophane, no charges were brought against the officer for lack of evidence.
In 2009, an African American Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested for attempted burglary outside his own home by a white police Sargent.
Racism is nothing new. President Donald J. Trump didn’t invent it. However, his leadership has legitimized racism, bringing it from the shadows into the light. What was once something to be hidden and ashamed of has become an undeniable official policy.
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From seeds such as the above statement, a truly frightening forest has enveloped the country. Our government is imprisoning thousands off immigrant men, women, and children who’s only crime was seeking asylum from oppression and violence.
According to The Atlantic, one camp in El Paso, Texas, designed to house 125 people, is housing 900 freedom seekers in standing room only conditions. Among the inhumane conditions being reported are;
- extreme cold temperatures
- lights on 24 hours a day
- no adequate access to medical care
- no access to showers or soap for basic sanitation
- dark foul-smelling water
- and inadequate food.
Like I said, Donald Trump didn’t invent racism. He didn’t import it from somewhere else. The embers have always sizzled on our shores. President Trump has merely breathed upon those embers and ignited a blaze of hate across our country.