Taking a stand on hatred and Trump: Thank you for your journalism, Jorge Ramos

the number of hate groups in the country has grown immensely in the past year. the number of organizations linked to the Ku Klux Klan grew from 72 in 2014 to 190 in 2015,  the same year Trump announced his campaign. “I think that he has allowed his racist remarks to become the norm,” Ramos mused. “Many people feel that if the candidate said it, why not them.

“the Trump effect.”  and it is rhetoric that speaks to the small, radical segment of white non-Hispanics who feel as if their time as a majority is coming to an end. “When a group of white non-Hispanics, when they feel threatened and attacked and when they feel that they’re going to become a minority—which they will in 2044—they find leaders and messages that they can rely on. They found Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric,” Ramos added.

In the film, Ramos meets with an Imperial Wizard of the KKK on a dark Texas night and watches silently as a group of neo-Nazis in Ohio burn an enormous swastika. Like the Trump supporter who told him to “get out of my country,” white nationalist leader Jared Taylor tells Ramos he doesn’t belong in the . “Unless whites are prepared to exclude people, then they will be shoved aside,” Taylor says. It is a position rooted in a deep fear about losing what he views as his rightful place in the social order, and is eerily reminiscent of Trump’s desire to “Make America Great Again.”

Hate is real. Hate is something that you can actually touch. I talked to victims: a Somali immigrant whose face was smashed with a glass of beer because she was not speaking English at the time, or a Mexican immigrant who was brutally attacked by two brothers simply because he was an immigrant. So, no, I don’t think this will end with the election. The damage has been done. And I think it will take many, many years to repair the damage.

Source: Taking a stand on hatred and Trump: Thank you for your journalism, Jorge Ramos

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