Were it not so frightening, Donald Trump’s campaign to be the next President of the United States of America would be hilarious. However, Trump’s humor quotient spirals to zero when one realizes that there are droves of Americans of various races, religions, creeds, and political perspectives who have seemingly pledged their allegiance to the real estate mogul. Everyone from Black Preachers’ to White Supremacist Leaders’ have found a reason to support Trump’s ridiculously xenophobic political campaign.
Indicative of his status as a charismatic demagogue that appears to be a contemporary Adolph Hitler, Trump has singled out one group, in this case Muslims, to simultaneously castigate and blame as the catalyst behind our nation’s problems.
One of the foremost problems with Trump’s juvenile political analysis as it deals with Muslims is his conscious decision to use the same super-sized paint brush that other bigots have historically used to malign those that provide them their best chance of seizing political success. When he speaks, Trump is not talking about some Muslims, he is talking about all of them; Nation of Islam, Sunni, Five-Percenters, ISIL, etc.
Trump’s ridiculousness has caused Muhammad Ali, the most recognizable face on the globe, to come forward and denounce him. After hearing the Presidential hopefuls plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States due to concerns over terrorism, Ali informed Trump that “true Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.” Ali went further to encourage American political leaders to “…use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.”
Black America should pay very close attention to Donald Trump’s unabashed Islamophobia as it is a very obvious sign of an ‘ends justify the means’ political philosophy. It would be a grievous error on our communities part to think that the super-sized paint brush that has been used to malign Muslims will not be applied to us should the need arise.
I think that it is important that we always remember that “there is no right way to do the wrong thing.” And Trump’s maligning of Muslims is as wrong as he can possibly get; however, I am certain that he will prove me wrong.
James Thomas Jones III
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015.