Trump’s words, bullied kids, scarred schools

This the enlightened nation that tRump and his Republican thugs want for our country.    Evangelical Christians are OK with this.    Hugs

Two kindergartners in Utah told a Latino boy that President Trump would send him back to Mexico, and teenagers in Maine sneered “Ban Muslims” at a classmate wearing a hijab. In Tennessee, a group of middle-schoolers linked arms, imitating the president’s proposed border wall as they refused to let nonwhite students pass. In Ohio, another group of middle-schoolers surrounded a mixed-race sixth-grader and, as she confided to her mother, told the girl: “This is Trump country.”

Since Trump’s rise to the nation’s highest office, his inflammatory language — often condemned as racist and xenophobic — has seeped into schools across America. Many bullies now target other children differently than they used to, with kids as young as 6 mimicking the president’s insults and the cruel way he delivers them.

“It’s gotten way worse since Trump got elected,” said Ashanty Bonilla, 17, a Mexican American high school junior in Idaho who faced so much ridicule from classmates last year that she transferred. “They hear it. They think it’s okay. The president says it. . . . Why can’t they?”

However, a 2016 online survey of over 10,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade educators by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that more than 2,500 “described specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that can be directly traced to election rhetoric,” although the overwhelming majority never made the news. In 476 cases, offenders used the phrase “build the wall.” In 672, they mentioned deportation.

“Look,” the boy said, “it’s one of those f—ing Mexicans.”

She heard that school administrators — who declined to be interviewed for this article — suspended the teenager who had led the chant, but she doubts he has changed.

Reached on Instagram, the teenager refused to talk about what happened, writing in a message that he didn’t want to discuss the incident “because it is in the past and everyone has moved on from it.” At the end, he added a sign-off: “Trump 2020.”

In one of the most extreme cases of abuse, a 13-year-old in New Jersey told a Mexican American schoolmate, who was 12, that “all Mexicans should go back behind the wall.” A day later, on June 19, 2019, the 13-year-old assaulted the boy and his mother, Beronica Ruiz, punching him and beating her unconscious, said the family’s attorney, Daniel Santiago. He wonders to what extent Trump’s repeated vilification of certain minorities played a role.

More than 300 Trump-inspired harassment incidents reported by news outlets from 2016-2019

Anti-Hispanic: 45%

Anti-black: 23%

Anti-Semitic: 7%

Anti-Muslim: 8%

Anti-LGBT: 4%

Anti-Trump: 14%

“When the president goes on TV and is saying things like Mexicans are rapists, Mexicans are criminals — these children don’t have the cognitive ability to say, ‘He’s just playing the role of a politician,’ ” Santiago argued. “The language that he’s using matters.”

There is much more at the link above.   It is a rather long disgusting read of young people being trained to hate by our politicians.   Some schools have begun trying things to help but most do not have the money or extra staff to do much.   It is stunning how much hate really exists in our country.    Hugs


13 thoughts on “Trump’s words, bullied kids, scarred schools

  1. Dennis Cole February 13, 2020 / 15:18

    Hi, Scottie – you shouldn’t be stunned a bit; the hatred, racism and misogyny has always been there, but it was held in abeyance until Humpy Dumpy pants gained office, and simply by using the proper words and actions, has signalled louder and louder that crassness and bullying are what it takes to accomplish almost anything these days, and it’s become a social norm. I’m sure YOU’VE been on the receiving end of some of that behavior, and my main wish is for your skin to become too thick to be abused or harmed by hateful words. And it’s likely to take AT LEAST another generation to reverse the damages he’s wrought, if ever. Even “normal,” well-balanced people can become unhinged when provoked enough, and reveal the hate that they’ve contained & controlled all these years. I absolutely am filled with fear every time I read or hear about these occurrences. Stay safe.



    • Scottie February 13, 2020 / 15:26

      Hello Dennis. Thank you, yes I have been on the receiving end of such abuse. However it was getting better over the years. In the past as an openly gay man I have been assaulted at work, lost promotions, lost job opportunities, been openly harassed and more. But it had been getting better. By 2010 I did not hear it in the areas I lived. When I worked in the ICU of a major hospital here from 2010 to 2014 there was no issue at all with being openly gay and married to another staff member. I wonder if that has changed also. tRump and his thugs have unleashed a poisonous cult of hate and anger. You be well also. Hugs

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  2. ospreyshire February 13, 2020 / 16:15

    These words and deeds of hatred don’t surprise me at all. This bigotry has certainly been imprinted in this country, but it’s become far more overt since the last election although one could argue it can go back to when Obama was in office (not his fault, but it’s something I’ve noticed in 2008 onward).

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    • Scottie February 13, 2020 / 16:24

      Hello ospreyshire. Yes there was a huge backlash from the haters who couldn’t stand that a black man was President. They were even more incensed that he did such a damn good job as the leader of the free world. They have to pretend their impostor of a human is worthy as they know that he can never compare to a man who they hate simply because of skin tone. I wish I could do something about the abuse POC have had to put up with in the country, but I will never stop working for a fair and equal society for all. Hugs

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      • ospreyshire February 13, 2020 / 18:34

        Oh, yeah. I definitely noticed that whether it was overt or covert even before I knew what the term “dog whistle racism” was. Obama wasn’t perfect and could’ve done more in certain cases, but at least he was classy and did his job in the Oval Office. If Obama acted like 45, he would’ve been impeached the first year assuming he wouldn’t be disqualified from the 2008 elections. I’m glad you’re doing your best to raise awareness and to make sure we have an equal society.

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        • Scottie February 13, 2020 / 18:42

          Hello ospreyshire. Well said, well said. Lets both join with the others trying to make a more fair society. Best wishes. Hugs

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          • ospreyshire February 13, 2020 / 22:26

            Thank you, Scottie. I definitely agree. I do want there to be a more just society.

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  3. davidprosser February 13, 2020 / 16:24

    I’m worried about the other billionaire entrant into this race. There seem to be plenty of good policies to tempt the voters but his bigotry is well known and will he just carry on Trump’s hateful remarks against anything different as Trump has and make it a bipartisan happening. Whoever takes over power, because Trump has got to go, must ensure no bigotry, homophobia and the rest comes from the Government and that educators in schools try to teach the children how harmful bigotry is. You can’t carry on allowing the hate to build as it has for so many years.

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    • Scottie February 13, 2020 / 16:38

      Hello David. I agree. It is clear that Bloomberg is a racist. He seems to be the kind of racist who simply feels POC are inferior in all ways and need to be handled / controlled by white people. People seem to forget that Bloomberg got into the race to stop Warren and Bernie from putting a large wealth tax on his assets. He is doing this to save his money and not for the good of anyone else. As for the racism exploding recently in the US this is a backlash to a black man getting voted into the Presidency and doing a damn great job at it. He showed up a bunch of loser white guys. The racists cannot stand that. That is why tRump has tried to undo everything Obama had done. It is a sad world we live in where fascism and bigotry are again gaining power. Why does it seem to happen at least once a century? Hugs

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  4. Brendan Birth February 13, 2020 / 17:59

    Dismayed, not surprised. This falls in line with the rise in hate crimes with adults. It’s a consequence of having a bully leader that is often underestimated.

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    • Scottie February 13, 2020 / 18:11

      Hello Brendan. Yes I agree. It is a backlash in the US from having a black president. It was more than the haters could stand so they made an all out pushback. It worked for them, temporarily. I think the pendulum is swinging back and the rest of the country is not having a country of hate. Hugs

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      • Brendan Birth February 13, 2020 / 18:15

        I sure hope you’re correct that the pendulum is swinging back. And that it’s only temporary.

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        • Scottie February 13, 2020 / 18:21

          Hello Brendan. So do I. I know this hatred affects your family also. But I really have to believe our country, the people in it, are better than that. Not all of them of course, but the majority are not scared racist bigots. Keep faith my friend and keep fighting the good fight, every renaissance starts with a dark time. Hugs

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