The Times writes about the word ‘Trump’ being used as a bludgeon.
Across the country, students have used the president’s name to mock or goad minority opponents at sporting events. In March, white fans at suburban Canton High School in Connecticut shouted “Trump! Trump! Trump!” as players from Hartford’s Classical Magnet School, which is predominantly black and Latino, took foul shots during a basketball playoff game… As if Donald J. Trump was the president of here, in white suburbia, and not there, in the diverse inner city.
It’s not planned, it’s spontaneous. Schools full of white kids see colored students walking into their gyms and start chanting ‘Trump’ at the enemy.
…it was not confined to high schools like Dallas Center-Grimes in Iowa, where students mocked a basketball team from the more diverse community of Perry with chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump” in February 2016. Colleges and universities were experiencing similar moments.
Nor was it confined to places of learning. In March 2016, for example, video surveillance at a Kwik Shop in Wichita, Kan., showed a white motorcyclist arguing with two college students — one Hispanic, one Muslim — then assaulting one of them before driving off. The victims later said that the man interspersed his racist epithets with: “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
Donald is not responsible for any of this. Any more than he’s responsible for anything else you might complain about. That’s not your Gift from God. Trump is a firebrand who rouses the confidence fairies and market forces, so shut up and be thankful for it. That’s our President™.
…the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes, published a report called “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Election on Our Nation’s Schools.” Based on a survey of more than 10,000 educators, it detailed an increase in incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags.
“Kids saying, ‘Trump won, you’re going back to Mexico,’” wrote a teacher from Kansas. “A black student was blocked from entering his classroom by two white students chanting, ‘Trump, Trump,’” wrote a teacher from Tennessee. “Seventh-grade white boys yelling, ‘Heil Trump!’” wrote a teacher from Colorado.
And when his biggest fans get even more inflamed, to an extent that their knuckles end up battered and caked in blood? Don’t blame Donald. It’s not like he told them to do anything, right? Who knows what any of these people are thinking…