These are the people who can put Trump in the White House.
Even though America was founded by people seeking tolerance and acceptance for differences, those are traits many Americans do not think are important (if they think at all) and do not represent. The irony is inescapable.
The fact is, though, I don’t like the implications of the term tolerance, in the sense of having to endure something. I like acceptance far better. And the fact is that a sizable segment of our population does not accept differences and they are a vocal bunch.
Look closely at the nasty scowl on the woman’s face.
They do, however, take their First Amendment rights seriously, including the right to be as nasty as they can to people who are different. It’s fear that drives this behavior. Fear. And fear is what is driving politics today. Fear and discontent. There is no rational thought represented in this photograph and little rational thought among Trump supporters. To them, differences are fearful and change, any change, even if it’s not based on rational thought, is a threat.
Look at this little girl, needing guards to simply go to school.
My heart goes out to this little girl, who needed law enforcement escorts to simply attend school, just because she isn’t white. She looked “different.” What if she were your little girl? This happened in my lifetime and the horror of that still breaks my heart. But these things are still going on today. Still. All those years later. Our secret underbelly of intolerance has always lurked below the surface but at that time, and now, it’s made itself visible. The question is, are we looking? And what are we going to do about it?
These are the kind of people who were screaming at that little girl.
This is what talking heads on TV look like. This is what today’s political protesters act like. This uncivilized behavior toward people who think differently is fast becoming the norm. I looked at these women’s faces for a really long time today. Such ugliness. Is this really what America is about? I’m afraid it is. It’s not how all of us are, but there are far too many who either look like this or would if they could.
This is the sentiment that can put Trump in the White House.
If you do not see the connection between these people and Trump supporters, look more closely and then think some more.
Because Trump can win and this is how.
I’m ashamed and embarrassed that these attitudes can still be found in our populace. But I can not deny it. And I will not close my eyes to it.
Because this is how Trump can win.
Don’t let it happen.