“Make America White Again”

“A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SHOULD NOT LEAVE PEOPLE IN FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE THEY LOVE” is what I read on twitter immediately after the results of the 2016 elections were final.

Honestly America, I am not that surprised because I am prescient of Trump’s base and a little something called white supremacy.

For months we have witnessed one of the most vicious and disgusting general elections in modern history. It has been filled with muckraking, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and a hell of a lot of terrible policy. I am angry, I am scared, and I find myself repeating to myself, how, how, how.

I realize now what how refers to. Don’t listen to any of that bullshit about Trump supporters “going against the establishment,” or “voting out corruption,” or “anti-elitism.” This voting effort by the Trump base is because of one reason; White nationalism. Trump effectively ran on a platform of “Make America white again.” Polls analysts say that it was the rural white vote, but really, he won the old, young, educated, affluent, and middle class white vote. The Atlantic even explains that nine out of ten Trump supporters are white. America voted to end the Age of Obama, where a coalition of people of color finally had a say and could occupy the seat of presidency, women were empowered, and black lives could matter. But as Slate’s Chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, puts it, “Trump ran for president as a nationalist fighter for white America,” in which he called for a ban on Muslims, spewed vitriol against women, threatened to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and till the end of the campaign, empowered the rhetoric of the Birther movement. He is the major party candidate who was endorsed and helped by the Ku Klux Klan themselves, the worst 
group of white terrorists in American history.

CNN’s Van Jones explains election night perfectly for many, as he says, “‘People have talked about a miracle ― I’m hearing about a nightmare… They’re afraid of, ‘How do I explain this to my children?’ I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight saying, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.”
 And this nightmare gives much insight into what needs to be done. Progressives have a long way to go; it’s an uphill battle to make sure black lives matter, for comprehensive immigration reform, for common decency. But one thing is for sure. “We are still the country that produced George Wallace. We are still the country that killed Emmett Till.” I came to this country for a better life and security. Today, because of Mr. Trump’s foul, fascist campaign and empowerment of white supremacy, I am more un secure than I have ever 
been.

Donald Trump, you are not, will never be, my president.

Mohammad Raza 3rd year Political science and literary journalism major. He can be reached at razam1@uci.edu