George Duncan

Marketing copywriter/consultant, author

Who will speak for the children?

From Just sayin’…by George Duncan

Who will speak for the children?

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonpartisan civil rights organization dedicated to exposing and fighting hate and bigotry in America. They have just released a report, The Trump Effect/ The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools. It’s an eye-opening survey of 2000 K-12 teachers that reveals much startling information on the fears that are now gripping our kids as they try to understand what they’re seeing on TV. Perhaps it is summed up most simply by one teacher’s comment, “My students have one thing in common. Apparently America hates them.”

Typical is the remark of teacher from a middle school with a large population of African-American Muslims. “My students are terrified of Donald Trump. They think that if he’s elected, all black people will be sent back to Africa.” A Virginia teacher describes her kids as “crying in the classroom and having melt-downs at home.” In North Carolina, a high school teacher reports that she has “Latino students who carry their birth certificates and Social Security cards to school because they are afraid they will be deported.” States the report:

Fears are pervasive. Students tell teachers that they are worried about deportation, having their families split, being put in jail or attacked by police, losing their homes, seeing their places of worship closed, going into hiding and being sent to detention camps. Some Muslim students think that, if Trump becomes president, they will have microchips implanted under their skin.

The report also addresses the impact of Trump’s candidacy on teachers. Traditionally nonpartisan, teachers surveyed are distressed to see the effects of the election on their students. Many are torn between avoiding any mention of the election at all – often due to school policy – adding discussions of civics, history, behavior, etc. to their curricula, or going all in at some risk to their employment and discuss their personal views of the candidates. The full report is available at splcenter.org.

Electoral whiplash

Donald Trump can try to look normal by mouthing Republican scripts and bullet points in a pathetic attempt to reverse his more provocative positions, but he can’t change his DNA. John “Mac” Stipanovich is a prominent Republican lawyer and lobbyist who says of Trump:

On a personal level, Trump is a boor, a bully, a carnival barker and an embarrassment. Politically, by intent or instinct, he is a neo-fascist — a nativist, an ultranationalist, a racist, a misogynist, an anti-intellectual, a demagogue and a palingenetic (sorry) authoritarian to whom clings the odor of the political violence he encourages. He appeals to our fears, preys on our anxieties and exploits our ignorance. A worse candidate to sit in the Oval Office for the next four years cannot be imagined.

To that we can add; he also terrorizes the kids.

 

Just sayin’…

 

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