Racism, a factor in the election of a President

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FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC

FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC

The election of a president in a free democracy is one of the most important political exercises that can be done by the electorate. What has motivated the electorate of the United States to put into the most powerful position a man who has spoken openly, repeatedly and disparagingly of women, mimicked disabled people, criticized journalists calling them corrupt and has shown himself to be thuggish, racist, and Islamophobic?

As a self-admitted women-groping candidate many years ago, now president-elect Donald Trump, real estate developer, plans to build walls and fences to shut out migrants and to deport hundreds of thousands from the United States.

Why and how could they elect a billionaire who pays no taxes, as alleged, and has never been elected to any post, even as a dog catcher, and says he will save America? Filipinos, Irish, Mexicans, British and other undocumented migrants in America will be deported, he says. America is for Americans. He will pull out of the Paris climate agreement on controlling global warming. He will not support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) fully and will cancel or renegotiate free trade agreements seen to be unfavorable to the United States.

He has fomented hate and division in America. Thousands have taken to the streets across America protesting his election crying, “Not My President.” It has never happened before. He says he will overhaul the historic health care legislation known as Obamacare that has given another 20 million Americans health insurance. He and his advisors will undo much of the good that President Barack Obama has done during the last eight years. He succeeded in many things despite a hostile congress and a vitriolic opposition to bring him down and prove that the first black man to be elected President to be a failure. He has been one of the best.


The election of Trump shocked the world and himself, too. The appointment by Trump of Steve Bannon, 62, an avowed white supremacist, accused of anti-Semitism and of being racist, women-hating and xenophobic, to the most powerful position has caused unrest. The job as chief strategist and counsel to Trump has caused outrage in America and concern across the world. John Weaver, the consultant to the Republican Party sent a “tweet” message, “The racist, fascist extreme right is represented, footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America.”

Why is this man, Steve Bannon, more dangerous than the unpredictable, malleable and ignorant president-elect Trump, you may ask. It is because he is smart, manipulative and predictable in his extremist right-wing views. He helped manage the nationalistic Breitbart News Network and expressed white supremacy nationalist views and then became the chief operating officer of the Trump election campaign.

Behind Bannon is big money of the extreme right. Another billionaire financial investor is Robert Mercer whose daughter Rebekah is a member of the Trump transition team. These are powers behind the throne and will steer the views and policies of the know-nothing President-elect Trump. Is this the way to make “America Great Again” as Trump declared in his campaign slogan? He meant, “Make White America Great Again.”

To answer the question why such a man was elected, we have to admit that America is a divided nation along racial lines. Trump favored white supremacy and welcomed the support of the head of the white supremacy clan leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Since the days when blacks were hanged on a whim or suspicion, laws have given much equality to Americans of color- African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians including Filipinos and overall they have prospered. They will outnumber white people by 2050. This has created fear, envy and hatred among poor whites. That’s why deporting millions is the plan of Trump, they have big families.

These racist sentiments stoked by racist radio and right wing TV and social media including Facebook promoted the lie that people of color were taking the jobs of white people.

Fifty-three percent of women voted for Trump and that was because they sought power and security from those who had a chance to get it, a white man, Donald Trump. Not a woman, Hillary Clinton. The majority of women that supported Trump were non-college educated women. Likewise the white male voters were 72 percent of the electorate and without college degree.

As one commentator, Clare Malone, said, “The pattern of white women choosing white men over women of color underscores some of the more insidious machinations of patriarchy and the racism ingrained in the feminist movement. Four out of five white evangelical Christians voted for Trump. They compromised their faith and beliefs closed their eyes and ears to the racist language and other violations of Christian principles, ignored his disregard for respect and the dignity of non-white people.

As the writers Ed Stetzer and Laurie Nichols said in Christianity Today, “Our biblical mandate is to care for the marginalized, to walk alongside those who have been victims of prejudice and abuse, to embrace those who are different than us in background and belief.” Yet four out five evangelicals voted for Trump.

On a national scale 79 percent of Latinos voted for Clinton while 18 percent voted for Trump. The 18 percent may have been deceived by the promises of “greatness” and more jobs and a false sense of what great meant.

But whatever the future will hold, it’s not looking good for the people of color in America and in the world as a whole.

shaycullen@preda.org

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4 Comments

  1. mabait na pinoy on

    I voted Democrat but I respected the outcome of the election. We may never know if Trump can deliver the jobs he promised to the American people during the campaign. Donald Trump, Jr. have said publicly during the campaign that David Duke, a known Klansman from Louisiana, deserves a bullet in his head or something to that effect. This means that Trump does not embrace racism and I think majority of the Americans in general want changes in the government, its foreign policies, and maybe the way the government conduct its business.

    To Father Cullen, Thank You for what you are doing in the Philippines, helping the helpless, especially underage prostitutions.

  2. The biggest factor why Hillary lost was COMPLACANCY” There were only 51 percent that voted. Everybody misread the signs. Polls say that Hillary is 85 percent winning so why will ordinary Americans voting for Hillay go out and vote if she is the sure winner ?
    Second, zhillay must have concentrated on the battleground states such as Florida and Ohio. . Remember, US elects via electoral college not by popular vote which she won if is is by popular vote. Hillary did not put in time on the black voters were Obama got the majority of the votes. There are reason why Hillary lost.

  3. you are insulting the silent majority voting ordinary u.s.citizen. their loyalties to the country is far beyond the party way of electing our leaders .it was even beyond a holy miracle but it was the outcome from the hard working independent middle american states that make the difference the majority of the ellite are licking their loss.

  4. You completely missed the most destructive force in American politics: FOX NEWS and FAUX NEWS.

    These organizations have motivated the Republican party to orchestrated a 30+ year campaign of hatred against Hillary Clinton based on outright false or trumped up allegations. Trump was the loudest cheerleader in this chorus of hatred and people that get news from right wing sources will vote for SATAN before HILLARY, in fact that is exactly what they did.

    Another factor was Republican operatives within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that planted a bunch of Hillary emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer and made a deceitful announcement days before the election that Trump exaggerated into a national security crisis.

    Republicans do NOT have any good ideas for fixing America’s problems and the idiots that voted for Trump will find themselves much worse off than they are now. Some manufacturing jobs were lost to global trade, but many more were lost to robotics and the superior productivity of automation. Trump cannot bring those jobs back because business knows that it must compete for the world markets, not just the 5% population in USA. Trump will try to impose tariffs on offshore products that will drive up inflation in the USA and hurt citizens even more. Trump will cut taxes to help himself and accelerate America’s race from democracy to oligarchy.

    America will NOT be “Great Again” until Trump and his minions are eliminated and we can only hope that the damage is reversible.