Trump’s America: Of the Whites, By the Whites, For the Whites

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

White supremacist Richard Spencer indicated that Trump policies will favor whites in America because the country is founded by the whites who do not gain anything from other groups.

By Rakesh Raman

In his Gettysburg speech of 1863, the-then U.S. President Abraham Lincoln introduced America’s representative democracy as the “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Now, US President Donald Trump is trying to give a new definition to the American democratic system by creating an America which will be of the whites, by the whites, for the whites.

Trump has demonstrated his pro-white stance with his subtle support for white supremacists who were responsible for last week’s violence that consumed at least 3 innocent lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

While defending white supremacists, Trump said last Saturday that “many sides” are responsible for hate crimes. He meant that white supremacists cannot be blamed entirely for the violence.

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Although Trump later criticized the white supremacists and local Nazis while reading out a statement from prepared notes, he retracted Wednesday to reiterate that “both sides” must be blamed.

Trump is supporting white hate groups because whites (along with Trump-Russia ties) were mainly responsible for Trump’s victory in 2016 presidential election.

In fact, American white nationalist David Duke said clearly on Saturday that whites had elected Trump because he had promised to take America back from other communities.

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Earlier, white supremacist Richard Spencer had hailed Trump presidency. In his speech at the National Policy Institute in Washington, Spencer indicated that Trump policies will favor whites in America because the country is founded by the whites who do not gain anything from other groups.

However, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reacted sharply to the tense situation in America. Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, Guterres reiterated Wednesday his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity.

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“Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies,” the Secretary-General told journalists Wednesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. “It is absolutely essential for us all to stand up against them everywhere and every time.”

Addressing questions from a journalist about the situation in the US, where a weekend protest and counter-protest over the removal of a Civil War statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked discussions about race, Mr. Guterres said “these demons are appearing a little bit everywhere.”

A Portuguese national, Mr. Guterres said that as a European, he is proud that Europe created the values of Enlightenment: tolerance, the respect for the other, and the importance of recognition of diversity.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist. He had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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