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Minority groups accuse Trump of Bigotry: Is Trump a Racist?

Donald Trump has support from unconventional quarters including Hispanics, Hindus, Muslims and African-American communities

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, though quite infamous for his controversial remarks against the members of minority communities in the US, seems to have found some unconventional support from the same quarters.

Several Hispanic, Hindu, Muslim and African-American leaders are espousing his vision of ‘Make America Great Again’. While some are critical of his sharp rhetoric, there is little doubt about his leadership and business skills among them.

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Denouncing the accusations of bigotry and racism that have been levied against the Republican nominee, minority group leaders such as Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, American Muslim Sajid Tarar and Shalli Kumar, chairman of the Republican-Hindu Coalition are enthusiastically rallying for him, reported cbc.ca news.

Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, says his internet-based group has 20,000 members. Image source: Mark Gollom/CBC
Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, says his internet-based group has 20,000 members. Image source: Mark Gollom/CBC

Gutierrez, whose organisation boasts over 20,000 Hispanic members, believes that beyond the heated arguments over Trump’s remarks regarding deportation of illegal immigrants, maintaining a healthy balance of Republican and Democrats in the Hispanic community is important.

While there’s no denying that such comments have also caused anger and panic amongst the American-Muslims, Sajid Tarar, considers himself “part of the angry Americans against the traditional politicians”. “Trump is an outsider. He says whatever he feels like. He doesn’t have some staffer writing his speeches,” he told the Washington Post.

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Similarly, Shalli Kumar, chairman of the Republican-Hindu Coalition, decries the accusations against the Republican candidate as a propaganda that is being furthered by the gullible youth.

“There is not an ounce of racism in Trump,” he said to cbc.ca news. “There are a lot of people who have come out and told me before we got on the Trump bandwagon, that ‘Shalli, make sure you’re for Trump.’ That’s from the Hindu-American community, a lot of businessmen, told me that.”

 C.J. Jordan, deputy director of political and community affairs for the Republican National Convention said to cbc.ca news, people must learn to differentiate between political oratory and one’s personal views.

“I’m an entrepreneur, I’m a black female, I’m a Republican and I’m proud.”

– prepared by Ashee Sharma of NewsGram Team

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Brown: The colour of toil but non-acceptance across the West? (Book Review)

"This is now our destiny as brown people. Our labour is needed, but citizenship is denied."

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  • Kamal Al Solaylee’s book Brown highlights the problems of ‘brown’ people in Trump’s rule
  • Donald trump is often accused of malingering the image of brown people
  • this book cites many examples of discrimination which brown people go through

Title: Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone); Author: Kamal Al Solaylee

All our social development and our technological advancements don’t seem enough to eradicate our long-persisting atavistic sense of difference based on appearance, which though long-suppressed is now emerging free from its restraints — as proved by the recent intemperate comments by US President Donald Trump on immigrants from a certain set of countries.

Trump’s thinking, as seen in his off-the-cuff remarks, underscore that the questionable classification of race, expressed by the obviously evident and inescapable feature of a person’s skin, is well alive — and extends beyond the white-black binary. What about the yellow, or rather, the (as necessary for global economy but far more exploited) brown?

Donald Trump is famous for his rude comments towards brown people. wikimedia commons
Donald Trump is famous for his rude comments towards brown people. wikimedia commons

Trump is only one leading manifestation of the malaise facing brown people — which include West Asians, Latin Americans, North Africans, and South and Southeast Asians — and far beyond the West too or from the “Whites”, says Yemeni-origin, Egypt-bred, Canadian journalist-turned-academician Al Solaylee in this book.

Trump’s victory “largely (but not exclusively)” rode on demonising Mexicans, galvanising sentiment against Muslims and championing white nationalism, the vote for Brexit was mostly pioneered by those with a restrictive view of Englishness, the record of Canada under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives — all these are obscure racial conflicts brewing in the US and Europe for decades now.

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“Examine these tensions closely and you’ll find a strong anti-brown sentiment at the core,” says Al Solaylee as he traces the response to, as well as the experiences of, the residents of Global South, who are forced to migrate to — and much needed in — the Developed North for various reasons, not least of which is the latter’s colonial record.

“Brown as the colour of cheap labour continues on a global scale… brown bodies undertake the work that white and older immigrant Americans refuse to do (and that black slaves were forced to do in previous centuries).

These are low-skill, labour-intensive jobs in unforgiving climates,” he says, but also that these are not limited to the Western nations but also in the more affluent parts of Asia itself too.

“This is now our destiny as brown people. Our labour is needed, but citizenship is denied; our presence as Muslims or religious minorities is offered as an example of the tolerant, diverse societies in which we live, but we continue to be feared,” says Al Solaylee.

And there is no difference whether this is deliberate or mistaken as he goes to cite the cases of the racist slurs on Sikh volunteers feeding the homeless in Manchester in the wake of the May 2017 terror attack, or the fatal shooting of Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the US in February 2017 by an American who thought he and his friend were Iranians and screaming at them to “get out of his country”.

Al Solaylee contends we think of brown as a “continuum, a grouping — a metaphor, even — for the millions of darker-skinned people who, in broad historical terms, have missed out on the economic and political gains of the post-mobility, equality and freedom”. They are now living, he says, among former colonial masters where they are “transforming themselves from nameless individuals with swarthy skins into neighbours, co-workers and friends”.

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And it is their story he tells — both in their homes from the Philippines to Sri Lanka and workplaces from Hong Kong to the Gulf as well as Western Europe and North America.

Al Solaylee, however, starts with first recounting his own childhood experience on learning he is brown after seeing a English movie featuring a white child and coming to terms with “brownness” in his journeys around the world and interactions with other browns (fairness creams figure largely as well as the concern that he settle down) as well as brown’s significance in nature and culture.

He then takes up the human obsession with race, despite the concept being debunked, except in politics before his exploration of the experiences and consequences of being brown around the world.

A stirring travelogue, incisive social and political comment and a passionate cry to rise above unavoidable consequences of geography and genes, this invaluable work rises in importance beyond its subject to be a seminal guide to the world today — and what it will soon be — particularly the US. IANS