The Trump Effect: Overt racism is becoming much more common


This is what happens when a President gives people a license to hate:

"There are still pockets of deep racism in this country," Neal said, "pockets, even here, even in 2019, in which people are still very comfortable using that kind of language to describe African-Americans." Goodman's attempt to control the women's behavior is indicative of a recent trend nationwide, he said.

"We’re in a moment where there are a lot of random white citizens that have been attempting to police black behavior, whether it’s in a restaurant or a swimming pool or a Starbucks," he said.

This trend is undoubtedly racist, but it also may be a narcissistic "bleedover" from Trump. His constant self-aggrandizement is leading many people to believe that they too are infallible, and that they are operating from a position of authority over minority populations. And it's not just the South where this is occurring:

The man who berated employees and customers for speaking Spanish in a New York City cafe has a history of aggressively confronting strangers on their identity. Aaron Schlossberg, an attorney in New York, was identified as the man in a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan who angrily told employees and customers to speak English because "This is America!"

"If they have the balls to come here and live off my money, I pay for their welfare," he says, incorrectly asserting that undocumented immigrants are eligible for federal public benefits. "I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do ... is speak English."

Willie Morris said Schlossberg bumped into him on the sidewalk and called him an "ugly f***ing foreigner" (Morris is from Massachusetts). Isaac Saul described Schlossberg angrily yelling at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who was participating in a protest, accusing him of being a fake Jew. Both encounters were caught on video.

And it's not just the East Coast where this is happening:

A Thursday afternoon doctor’s visit inside San Bernardino’s Pulse Cardiology resulted a heated confrontation -- an argument between a doctor and his patient’s family.

The patient's family said the cardiologist lashed out at them for speaking Spanish. “I was shocked. Yeah. I couldn’t believe it,” Yuset Galura said.

Galura and her daughter accompanied Galura’s 67-year-old mother, Maria Ramirez, to her heart appointment. She said she never imagined what would happen next after her mom greeted that physician, Paul Ryan.

“As soon as the doctor walked in the room, she asked him if he spoke Spanish and that was all it took for him to snap and start insulting her about speaking Spanish, being in this country and not knowing his language,” Galura said.

And if you were paying attention to the details of the above stories, you'll see it's not just the poorly-educated who are pulling these stunts. Attorneys and cardiologists are also prone to extreme prejudicial leanings, and these are people our society counts on to shield us from legal and medical threats. But I guess that depends on which "society" you are part of.