Known for his bigotry and strong right-wing views and racist tendencies, the next US President, Donald Trump, may make life difficult for ethnic and religious minorities
KALEEM KAWAJA | Caravan Daily
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he shocking election of billionaire business tycoon, Donald Trump, as the next President of United States of America is likely to herald a new era in which ethnic and religious minorities in America will face hardships as the law enforcement and other agencies of the government and their various programs may be scaled down. Instead of following the laws and regulations, authoritarian tendencies and police high-handedness may become the norm. The super wealthy and the white supremacists may receive favorable treatment from the government at the cost of the masses of the working classes.
The major minority communities like African Americans, Hispanics. Muslims and immigrants from the third world will probably be targeted by the Trump administration at the beck and call of the right wing whites, who formed the core of the one-third Americans who supported the election campaign of Trump. In fact, since the day Trump’s election was announced massive street protests have been held in some of the largest US cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington DC. In TV shows and discussions a large number of senior leaders of the minorities and immigrants have vowed to stand up and fight the injustice from the Trump administration. I am addressing the situation from a few likely angles below:
Will Trump be a good administrator without much experience in government?
The civilian workforce of the US government is about 2.8 million. This is other than the US military personnel. And there are a large number of departments and agencies. The President has to manage them in an indirect and politically sensitive manner by considerable delegation of authority. He has no experience in making policies and by temperament he is authoritarian. He wants all of his orders implemented fully without any criticism. Having such a personality may result in much turmoil in the upper levels of White House and US
How will it affect immigrants?
Trump is a white supremacist with strongly racist views and tendencies. Most of his supporters, like Rudy Guliani, Newt Gingrich, and David Duke etc., are also known racists and bigots and they want the US President to take the American nation and society to what it was before World War II, a white supremacist society where all colored people and third world immigrants will be treated like second class citizens. As President, Trump may impose harsh conditions on the entry of third world colored people into US. He may also stop giving immigrant visas to the brothers and sisters of colored immigrants who are US citizens.
Will racism increase in the country?
Yes, racism is likely to increase in much of the US since most of Trump’s supporters are racists and he himself has practiced racism most of his life in his social and business practices. Most likely he will appoint racists like himself as his ministers or secretaries and other senior government officials. He is also likely to make the police far more brutal towards colored citizens of US. This may lead to frequent racial riots and much turmoil in US.
If Trump targets Muslims, it may affect all religious minorities
Trump has already announced that as President he will put severe restrictions on the 4 million Muslim citizens of US, their places of worship, schools, housing subdivisions etc. He is likely to put similar restrictions on Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists etc. as most of those people are not from the Abrahamic faith. And the many white racists in US who are Trump’s supporters think of the non-Abrahamic people as deviants and evil.
Will Indians be treated with fairness in the Trump administration?
Trump’s life history shows that he is an extreme opportunist who made friends with people in order to gain something. Once that was done he dumped them. This is how he has behaved with his former business associates and partners. Since the Hindu extremist group RSS-USA supported him in the election he has made some Hindu-friendly remarks. But we cannot forget that in the past Trump ridiculed many customs and traditions of Hinduism and its pantheon of gods and goddesses as well. As President, Trump will most likely cut off most outsourcing of contacts and jobs to India and drastically slash the grant of H1-B visas to engineers from India that is presently helping a lot of them find jobs in US.