If White Supremacy and Racism Don’t Matter to You, I Question Your Empathy

Your compassion, too.

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Protesters at a Rise and Resist Against White Supremacy demonstration inside Grand Central Station

2016

During the 2016 election, when Donald Trump called Mexicans rapists, a colleague said to me, “Oh, he’s done.” Not only was he not done, but he also became our 45th president. I remember wondering why racism was overlooked. I rationalized that people didn’t think he was serious, that he was pandering to his base.

Repeated support of racism

Donald Trump proved how serious he was over and over again. After Charlottesville, he called people brandishing torches, screaming, “Jews will not replace us!” “fine people.” He topped that with putting Mexican and other brown children in cages. Before the debate, he put a stop to Federal racial sensitivity training calling it “anti-American.”

What voters care about

In Pew research studies conducted in 2016 and 2020, racial injustice ranked towards the bottom of the list regarding voters’ issues.

Systemic injustice continues

The righteous indignation was short-lived. Justice in America went back to the status quo in the case of Breonna Taylor.

Choosing humanity

If our white supremacist president and the continued systemic injustices against black people and other people of color aren’t even on your radar than I have to wonder where your humanity is.

Former teacher who retired early to pursue a passion for writing. Personal development content writer and fiction author. Dog mom. www.sameenakmughal.com

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