If Donald Trump really means what he said in his victory speech, that “it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together.” If he really wants Republicans, Democrats and independents to “come together as one united people,” he needs to recognize one sad reality.
There are a not-insignificant number of hateful, evil racists who support him. The so-called “alt-right,” which has become a fetid hive of anti-Semites, white supremacists, American “Nativists” and other social dysfunctionals, seeks to become legitimized through the most powerful office in the world. They must not be.
In Wellsville, N.Y., a massive swastika is scrawled on a park wall: “Make America White Again.”
In Maple Grove, Minn., messages in a high school bathroom include “#gobacktoafrica,” “#whitesonly” and “#whiteamerica” — along with “Trump Train.”
At the University of Vermont, students found a Donald Trump campaign sign painted with a swastika three doors down from the campus Hillel.
Experts and educators say an alarming succession of racist behavior, graffiti and crime since Election Day can be linked to Trump’s victory. And they say the Republican president-elect could play a crucial role in curbing the disquieting conduct.
Trump must reject them.
President Obama sat under a racist pastor for 20 years, and invited known race-baiters like Al Sharpton to the White House on many occasions. But he abandoned Jeremiah Wright once he became president. Obama, in his public comments, does not stand up and concur with the methods used by Black Lives Matter and other extremist racist groups.
Obama did much to create this witches brew of racial division in the last eight years, and now if Trump really wants to be a healer, he has to take the step of renouncing the “alt-right.” Appointing Stephen Bannon to the powerful chief of staff position is, in my opinion, the wrong move. Breitbart News has curried favor and encouraged the worst of Trump’s supporters for over a year. Bannon sends the wrong signal.
Trump should publicly and unequivocally say that racism is not welcome in the America he wants to govern and lead. Otherwise, this will not get better. It will in fact get much, much worse.