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Do Not Be Complacent In The Face Of Hate

Op/Ed By Marc Morial


marcmoriall( – “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” — President Abraham Lincoln, “House Divided” Speech, June 16, 1858

The day after Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States of America, a group of middle school students in Royal Oak, Michigan chanted, “build the wall” in their school cafeteria during lunchtime—a core Trump campaign slogan and promise to secure our nation’s border with Mexico. On November 9, Minnesota high school officials discovered racist graffiti and Trump rhetoric scrawled in a boy’s bathroom. The graffiti included #Gobacktoafrica, #Whitesonly and the Trump campaign’s rallying cry to “Make America Great Again.” Only a day after Trump became our country’s President-elect, a woman in New York City, who was wearing a hijab, was told by a man on the subway, “Your time is up, girlie.” The President-elect’s campaign was no stranger to stirring anti-Muslim sentiment. As a candidate, Trump repeatedly called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.

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