The chaos in Charlotte earlier this weekend is noteworthy. It seems like everybody and their brother wants to criticize President Trump for his indirect and weak condemnation of the violence and hate in our national spotlight last week.
Trump’s Tweet from Saturday received the most criticism:
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
What did everyone expect? This is a man who has a mile-long list of offensive things he has said. And a large part of that list was dedicated to racist or prejudiced comments. Our representatives, acting in their typical politician way, did not expect much criticizing President Trump. They just acted in their own self-interest hoping to appease their base and get a soundbite or have their Tweet featured on CNN.
If you think or wish there is a chance Trump will condemn the alt-right, you are a fool. These are the people that came out in droves to vote for their champion. Trump would be insane to throw that support away, especially because his approval is dwindling. Trump and his White House are loosely complicit when it comes to the horrible ideology and actions of the far-right.
If we wish to remedy the fractures in our society, we must use our words wisely. Screaming Donald Trump is a racist is not helpful. Shouting that his supporters are filled with hate does not fix our racist institutions. And broad statements about conservatives being ignorant only divide us more. Everyone becomes more entrenched in their positions when a claim is made like, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist.” Many who support him recognize his flaws but are turned off by such extreme claims.
The more we label each other, the more we fractionalize our society. Granted some people’s beliefs are abhorrent and deserve to be labeled that way, do not write people off completely. Let’s address the concerns of all Americans. There is a reason people feel the way they do. I do not know the perfect solution, but dialogue is a good first step.
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