Raza: Donald Trump Will Not Define America

Raza: Donald Trump Will Not Define America

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To begin, the options in this election were evil and even greater evil. Hillary Clinton has never been a friend to the Muslim community, supporting warrantless wiretapping at home and the slaughter of innocent civilians abroad, as exemplified in Clinton’s support for the war in Iraq and Israel’s bombing and perpetual land, sea, and air blockade of the Gaza Strip.

But Donald Trump was an even greater evil than Clinton, an individual so well-versed in militarism and the violation of civil liberties. Despite her hawkish, authoritarian tendencies, Hillary Clinton never sought to antagonize Muslims by engaging in blatant xenophobia against them. On the other hand, Donald Trump did, notoriously calling for the killing of noncombatants in the Muslim world, supporting a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, and claiming that “Islam hates us.”

The central issue in Donald Trump’s statement is that it postulates that Islam is somehow not a part of “us,” referring to our nation. Anybody with even a speck of knowledge of America knows that Muslims and Islam are most definitely a part of “us.” From Muslim slaves kidnapped and brought to the Americas such as Kunte Kinte, who became the protagonist in Alex Haley’s novel Roots, to pillars of the civil rights movement such as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, to cultural icons such as DJ Khaled and Dave Chappelle, Trump’s notion that Muslims are somehow not an integral part of America is preposterous.

It is vital that we not let our fear drive us astray but that we instead use our fear to drive us towards one another.

Trump’s victory has struck fear into the hearts all of America’s most marginalized minority groups. In this time, allyship is vital. Solidarity between marginalized minority communities is no longer a choice; it is necessary to our survival. The vulnerable will suffer in the short term. But it is crucial that we see the bigger picture: that we can build an authentic anti-corporatist, anti-racist, anti-imperialist movement that ends the suffering of the vulnerable in the long term.

Instead of seeing Trump’s election as a defeat, we need to see it as a catalyst for building an authentic movement for social change. It is vital that we not let our fear drive us astray but that we instead let our fear drive us towards one another. To be an activist does not necessarily have to be a full-time job. The Civil Rights movement did not succeed because of Martin Luther King. It succeeded because of that mother of 3 children who decided that she was not going to ride the bus that day.

Let us students who may not be full-time activists take part in social movements that bring about social change. Set aside one day a month where you decide to put some dents in this oppressive system plagued by racism, militarism, and capitalism. Go tutor refugees. Attend a Black Lives Matter meeting. Go help a union organize. Help raise awareness about the ugly occupation of Palestine. Go help victims of wage theft get their wages back.

This panic after the election must be productive. Donald Trump will not define America. Those of us working to elevate the vulnerable will define America.

As Rumi wrote, “Suffering is a blessing…The wound is the place where the light enters you.” In the wound that is this upcoming Donald Trump presidency, let us organize a left-wing movement that can bring light to a nation plagued so much by hatred.

About author

Hamzah Raza

Hamzah Raza is a junior from Lawrenceville, New Jersey in the College of Arts and Science. He has been interested in politics since he could speak and has worked on campaigns for various candidates throughout the years. Raza is also fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi, and currently learning Arabic, having spent 2 and a half months learning Arabic at Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan over the summer. He also knows how to juggle.

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  • Fillvah#1

    November 24, 2016

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  • BJ Crowell#2

    November 19, 2016

    For a lot of the things that you wrote in your piece I don’t see any bit of it that is backed up by quotes or sourced material. Based on the one-sided narrative that you have decided to publish and make public let me try to set the record straight for you since you only did a fraction of the work that should have been done on this piece, because there are parts of it that you could actually be sued for [i.e. defamation] and furthermore I would implore you to retract or at least republish with corrected editorial notes.
    Where a certain majority of America believes that Donald Trump is a bigot against Islam, this majority has forgotten that there are different sects within the Islamic faith. You have your Shiite, and your Sunni. Both sides have a fundamental hatred towards each other because of each side’s beliefs in how the Quran is to be interpreted. Christianity is also this way with groups like First Day Adventist, Baptist, Methodists, Catholic and so on. There are fundamental differences in each and all believe that their interpretations are correct and others are not.
    With that being said so that we understand the clarification and separation minor differences, let’s explore where these minor differences have major implications.
    Radical Islam is a real thing. This is called Wahhabism. It is one of the most violent sub-sects of the Islamic faith. There is peaceful Islam the Quran speaks about it being a peaceful faith. But if you compare it to the Christian Old Testament there are several parallels where both religions have a very violent past. There are parts of the Quran that can be interpreted in a way to be used as a weapon of religious War. So when Donald Trump says things like he’s going to have extreme vetting of all incoming Muslims of Islamic faith, he is trying to be on the lookout for those that wish to martyr themselves in our country or to spread a dangerous ideology that could potentially start a type of Civil War inside our own borders. All you have to do it’s go back to all of his speeches that he has ever given and watch them and you will see that is exactly what he said. So the fact that people think he’s a racist bigot is a completely incorrect assumption.
    Furthermore more blacks and Hispanics voted for Donald Trump then they did for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. When president-elect Donald Trump said he wants to rebuild our inner cities with new and better schools and bring jobs back to those areas that will completely stand out the need to live off of the government and make these people independent of a system that has preyed on them over the past several Administrations.
    Again, all you have to do is go back and watch all of his speeches not necessarily any of the debates because those were just atrocious on both sides and you will see how these talking points that Donald Trump it made had been taken completely out of context and twisted around to make him look bad when in fact it had the opposite effect because there is a major majority out there that actually paid attention to what he said.
    The mainstream media has been weaponized against him since day one. Think about all the countries in the world that said we do not need a Donald Trump for president on top of all the political pundits, members of his own party, and all the negative ads put out against him as well as the rape cases that came out that turned out to be false reports and overturned.
    The fear that people have been stealing since he won the election, in my opinion, is based on nothing more than what the mainstream media has put out against them. It should also be noted that the mainstream media has an approval rating of 6% it’s probably less now because people have a tendency to see through BS when it’s being thrown in their faces.
    My advice to those who are fearful is to simply give the president-elect a chance to prove to them that he is not what they have been told. I am willing to bet within four years their minds will be made up and they will look back at this time think back to how manipulated they were. This was a propaganda War that has been waged in everybody’s face.
    If you study psychological warfare and propaganda, you will begin to see very striking parallels as to how misinformation can be used to sway the minds of the masses who are easily persuaded without a shred of Truth.

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  • Awab Farag#3

    November 12, 2016

    HI dude doing what

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