Preamble: This blog was never meant to be political, I’ve done those before and the trolls are terrifying. Say one thing and those trolls start threatening you and wishing your house burns down. Nah, the political wasn’t for me anymore. No more twitter, no more feminist blogs- I was freeing up space in my life to allow in more happiness. This blog was suppose to be a fun and honest blog about things that don’t matter. My day job revolve(s/d) around crimes to women, homicide, rape, my PhD is all about terrorism and risks to radicalisation. It’s heavy, so I just wanted a happy outlet to talk about demolishing houses and now also about motherhood.
But then, this vulgar little twit named Trump came along and has got my mother heart pumping and my political light fuming. I think a lot of people agree with me but we are all scared to have those tough conversations in case we lose a family member, friend or colleague. I get that I totally do- but I feel that if we don’t speak up now, and have the tough conversations, we are allowing this hatred to grow. Everyday his presidency seems more and more real- and I can’t tell you how worried that makes me.
Trump is racist. You can agree on some of his policies, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that he is racist. His racism should override any other policy you agree with him on, because I promise you it does to minorities and it does to the international community. If you agree with him that Muslims should not be allowed in this country, than you too – are a racist. When people tell me, ‘they aren’t racist but the facts are the facts, Muslims are a risk to security’ well, that is just racist and wrong.
I am not an expert in terrorism, I am studying to become one. What I know about terrorism is not from the news, it is from evidence based research. If you were to write a profile for a terrorist based on evidence based research it would read something like – angry and educated white dude, politically minded and religiously affiliated, isolated from most other people and living in a shack. Also, he probably has a small penis, but somehow there has been no research done on penis size of terrorists. In terms of characteristics, they are most likely to have had a mental health issue, recent stress such as unemployment, have experienced racism or prejudice, be socially isolated, come from a privileged background, educated, be religious and politically motivated.
Do you know who is not committing terrorist attacks? Refugees. There has not been a single domestic terrorist attack on American soil from a refugee, there have been small numbers (like 3 in total) of refugees in America found guilty of terrorist attacks abroad. Donald Trump is a racist to suggest that refugees are potential terrorist.
But Trump doesn’t just say its just refugees fleeing ISIS who are potential terrorist- he also believes all Muslims are potential terrorist and should not be allowed in America (well except for the Mayor of London, he made an exception for him). Besides the stench of racism it is also just not evidence based. In fact only 2.5% of all terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1970 and 2012 were carried out by Muslims. This is a tiny proportion of all attacks. Especially when you are more likely to be killed accidentally by a toddler with a gun, than a muslim terrorist in the US.
What we fail to discuss as a nation is the fact that a large majority of domestic terrorist attacks are committed by extreme right ring and extreme left wing groups- think Timothy McVeigh (168 killed, 600 injured). Terrorist attacks are also committed by extremist Jews, Christians and Muslims, separatists Pueto Rican and Cuban exile groups. Terrorist bomb abortion clinics and churchs, they belong to hate groups and despite what the media says, terrorist groups are not just ISIS. If we keep pretending that terrorist groups are just ISIS we are ignoring the innocent lives that die every year due to terrorism. The capacity for terrorism is much larger than ISIS in America, it includes all 892 Hate Groups in America right now including 190 KKK groups. If we continue to just look at muslim extremism, we are allowing every other terrorist group to flourish in our ignorance.
Trump is just an old racist and as an angry, white, right-wing extremist, the evidence actually suggest that Trump is more of a terrorist risk than a refugee or Muslim is.
Our number one risk to our health and security, is not immigration, it is each other. From how we treat, respect, fight for and take care of each other. I think Trump supporters have forgotten how to empathise with strangers. Of course if your family was fleeing ISIS you would try to sell everything you have and flee, of course if you could not find a job in your country you would do everything you could to migrate. This does not make you a potential terrorist, rapist or freeloader. A refugee’s or migrants success in fleeing is not your failure, and for god sakes there are more important issues to tackle as a government, issues that actually do affect your health and security such as gun control, universal healthcare, contaminated water and police brutality.
Have you ever been to Auschwitz? I’m not bringing it up because of the whole Trump/ Nazi thing. I am just saying that at Auschwitz you see all of humanity in the tiniest space. You hear the stories of the people who lived there, you see the hair of people who were murdered, children’s shoes, you see their scratches on the walls of the gas chambers, you notice how incredibly small a space the gas chambers were for the influence they had on the world. Than you see pictures of people who risked their life to save a strangers. It is how we treat people that we do not know, this is how we should measure humanity and our success as a species.
Every day we wake up and make a decision, are we going to look out for each other today? Who is benefiting from my hate? Trump scares me because he wants to build walls instead of tear them down. If you support Trump, you have forgotten that people are not all bad, they do not all want to get you. Not everything is a competition, where there has to be a winner. Most people are nice people who want the same thing you do, to be healthy and secure and be with family and friends. The only way we can all be healthy and secure is if we work together.