Rising racism in the US parallels Trump’s ascendency

By Wang Wenwen Source:Global Times Published: 2017/2/14 0:10:04

Some recent incidents in the US may raise fears of rising racism. The student newspaper of Columbia University reported that door tags of students who have non-Western - specifically East Asian names in several residential halls had been ripped off, epitomizing the growing climate of racism and social division in US universities and across the country.

This sentiment parallels the ascendancy of Donald Trump. Even after Trump demonstrated a questionable attitude toward minorities during the campaign, he still won the election. As Daniel Engber, a columnist for Slate magazine, noted, that's because Americans live in a racist, sexist country.

The issue of racism has long existed. It is disturbing in the US as its people take pride in a country which was conceived as a nation of immigrants and an embodiment of diverse cultures.

There has never been a shortage of racism toward Asian Americans in the US. Last October, Michael Luo, a Chinese-American editor of the New York Times, was told to "go back to China" by a woman at a New York City street. After he published this experience, thousands of Asian Americans came forward to share their own experiences of racial prejudice.

When the US excelled in business, science, thought and innovation, Asian Americans kept their heads down and worked hard. They received selective assistance and sympathy from the whites, who subtly delivered a sense of supremacy. But white supremacy turned into disgruntlement when some white American's status is declining.

Especially along with the emergence of China and declining influence of the US, many Americans feel insecure and uncertain that they may lose to a country so alien and foreign to their own. As a result, racist words and deeds have become a cheap means of venting their discomfort. This indicates a spiritual decline in the US, proving that its people have become less tolerant of things they used to accept. This racist sentiment is also echoed by some anti-globalization voices.

Asian students at Columbia University consider the name tag vandalism unacceptable and made a video to explain what their names mean. When the people of a country have no respect for other cultures and resort to an isolationist mentality, it will be difficult to make that country great again.



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