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Is Donald Trump Racist

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Started: 5/14/2016 Category: Politics
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Donald Trump is a candidate for the Republican party who is often called a racist by many Democrats as a form of argument why he should not be president. Donald Trump is no racist and may be the least racist candidate. Donald Trump has been endorsed and has many minority people a part of his team. He's even trusted Ben Carson to lead one of his most important jobs. Deciding a vice president. That's huge and there are many more ways he not racist.


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Racist - a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. [1]

There are quite a few examples of Trump's racism. I'll highlight a few of those examples today.

A. Racism Towards Native Americans

This is one of the many stereotypes Trump has made on certain races. Case in point:

"But before he became a TV personality of 'The Apprentice' fame, Trump sharpened his teeth with racist attacks against the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, a Native American tribe in Connecticut.

"'They don"t look like Indians to me,' Trump told the House Native American Affairs subcommittee in a 1993 inquiry about organized crime and policing in Indian casinos dug up by the Hartford Courant"s Dan Haar. 'They don"t look like Indians to Indians.'

"Trump"s remarks went on for an hour, and included unsubstantiated allegations that the mafia had infiltrated Indian casinos. Many in Congress were shocked by Trump"s irresponsibility." [2]

Why is this racist? First of all, Trump calls Native Americans "Indians", which is considered a simple minded, broad term, as Indians are actually in India. (Big shock, I know!)

"The term Indian, and later American Indian, dates back to the late fifteenth century and the mistaken initial assumption that Columbus had reached eastern Asia." [3]

His usage of the term is blatantly false.

Secondly, he stereotypes the Native Americans in question by saying they "don't look like Indians".

Here's another example of his racism against Native Americans is, arguably, worse than the last. In 2000, Trump was bankrolling an ad campaign in the hopes of stopping a casino from being built in the Catskills. This is what was said in the ad:

"'Are these the kind of neighbors we want?' the ad asked, referring to the St. Regis Mohawks Tribe at Akwesasne, which was planning to build the casino. 'The St. Regis Mohawk record of criminal activity is well-documented.'" [4]

Again, the ad stereotypes the St. Regis Mohawks Tribe by saying "their criminal activity is well-documented". In other words, it's basically saying that the whole tribe is full of criminals. And, to top it all off, the ad basically says that we don't want the tribe there in the first place.

B. Racism Towards Mexicans

"Donald Trump continues to defend his offensive comments about illegal immigration and border security, claiming in an interview published on Sunday that it was 'okay' for him to have described undocumented immigrants as 'rapists.'" [5]

This is unwarranted for Trump, as he stereotypes illegal immigrants by calling them rapists. He doesn't know their lives, backgrounds, or if they even have a criminal record. He using this insult against illegal immigrants because they're illegal immigrants.

Also, I must add one more example.

"When Trump kicked off his presidential campaign last month, he alleged that undocumented immigrants crossing the border from Mexico were 'people that have lots of problems, and they"re bringing those problems with us. They"re bringing drugs. They"re bringing crime. They"re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.'" [5]

Again, he stereotypes Mexicans by saying that they bring problems, drugs, crime, and rapists, saying that most Mexicans will bring this. But it's alright, isn't it? He says some are good people, so he can't be racist, right?

C. Racism Towards President Barack Obama

To add fuel to the fire, Trump was the one who nearly led the movement to find out if Obama was born in the United States or not.

"I am saying I want to see the birth certificate. It"s very simple. I want to see the birth c'ertificate. How come his own family doesn"t know which hospital he was born in? How come " forget about birth certificates. Let"s say there"s no birth certificate. How come in the hospital itself, okay? This is one of the hospital itself, there"s no records of his birth. In other words, it doesn"t say how much they paid, where is the doctor, here"s your room bill.

"Meredith Vieira: 'You"ve been privy to all of this, to know this?'

"Donald Trump: 'Well, I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they"re talking.'"

"Vieira: 'You have people now out there searching " I mean, in Hawaii?'

"Trump: 'Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they"re finding. And I"m serious.'" [6]

In response, Obama released his birth certificate to prove that he was born in Hawaii. [7] And the worst part? Trump still believes that he wasn't born in America! [8] He claims that he was born in Kenya and that the birth certificate is fake.

D. Racism Towards Muslims

Now let's look at my final example and possibly the worst one.

"'Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on,' a campaign press release said." [9]

What is his reasoning?

"Trump, who has previously called for surveillance against mosques and said he was open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S., made his latest controversial call in a news release. His message comes in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, by suspected ISIS sympathizers and the day after President Barack Obama asked the country not to 'turn against one another' out of fear." [9]

Remember, this was from a terrorist attack. Is he saying that all Muslims are terrorists? If not, then why propose the ban? He's basically saying that, out of the 1.6 billion Muslims, that they're dangerous. [10]

From his ads against Native Americans, to his proposed shutdown of Muslims coming to the U.S, there's almost no question that Donald Trump is a racist. Thank you. I look forward to your rebuttal.

Debate Round No. 1


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by jamccartney 2 years ago
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