by Lisa Shin
Recently, sour grapes Mitt Romney bashed Donald Trump once again, saying that his rhetoric would cause “trickle down racism.” In 2012, Mitt had nothing but praise for him. “Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works to create jobs for the American people.” But that was then, and this is now. Friends have become enemies in the most remarkable presidential campaign in American history.
Let’s be clear: We will never have a racist-free utopia. It is human nature to make initial judgements of others, based on physical appearance. Thankfully, attitudes have shifted, in a positive direction, over the past 50 years. Minorities from every ethnic background are represented and flourishing, in all walks of American life. Truth be told, America is the most diverse and inclusive country in the world. Not to mention the fact that America has had a black Commander-in-Chief for the past 7 years.
Let’s look at the sobering reality:
It is not Trump’s comments, but the failed policies of the Left that have divided us. It is our trade deals, foreign policies, and immigration stance, that have pitted us, one against another. They have created a toxic environment, perfect for racism to fester and grow. This reality was present, decades before Trump came on the scene.
Think Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat. His father Jacob makes the mistake of blatant favoritism. He flaunts a beautiful coat for Joseph before his older brothers. This causes deep resentment, jealousy, and hatred that eventually result in an act of cruelty. His brothers forcibly send Joseph away to a life of slavery, and tell their father that his precious one is dead. We do not condone, but we understand the feelings of Joseph’s brothers. We must learn from the mistake of Jacob.
Consider American trade policies, such NAFTA, that result in millions of jobs being shipped overseas. What happens to race relations, when Americans lose their livelihood? In an op-ed in the Huffington Post in May 2015, Bernie Sanders explained:
“Since 2001, nearly 60,000 manufacturing plants in this country have been shut down and we have lost over 4.7 million decent paying manufacturing jobs. NAFTA has led to the loss of nearly 700,000 jobs. PNTR with China has led to the loss of 2.7 million jobs. Our trade agreement with South Korea has led to the loss of about 75,000 jobs. While bad trade agreements are not the only reason why manufacturing jobs in the U.S. have declined, they are an important factor.”
There’s no doubt that such trade agreements, have a negative impact on attitudes towards Chinese and Korean communities in the U.S. Think about the humiliation an American citizen must feel, in training their foreign job replacement . When American companies hire foreign workers with H1-B visas for lower wages, is this the condition for more or less racism? Of course, there will always be people who are uneasy about “multiculturalism.”
When you enforce a policy that strongly favors one ethnic group above another, it definitively moves this uneasiness towards hostility.
Even Bernie said in 2015, that mass illegal immigration hurts jobs and wages. If this were not true, we would have not seen the extraordinary rise of a political outsider with immigration and borders as his central message. If it were true that illegal immigration was only beneficial, and not in the least bit, harmful, Americans would have laughed off the idea of a wall. However, Americans are tired of the false song of globalism and the open border flood of cheap labor. They know and they see the truth. Illegal immigration has a negative impact on national security, personal safety, jobs, wages, education, healthcare, and our welfare system. And massive, unrestrained levels of illegal immigration have a devastating effect on race relations.
Trump merely verbalizes pre-existing sentiments:
“Why is my government favoring non-citizens over its own citizens? What is my American citizenship actually worth?”
Let me revise Romney’s statements more accurately: “It is Hillary’s policies that will make racist sentiments far worse. I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things that change the character of the generations of Americans to follow. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation. Hillary’s stance on the border and immigration will cause trickle down racism and trickle down bigotry. These policies are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America. They do not bring us together, but divide us even more. They bring out the racist tendency that exists in some people and I think that’s dangerous.”
Only Donald Trump can begin the process of reconciliation. His proposals for mutually beneficial trade agreements. His plans to bring jobs back to America. A more fair and equitable approach to immigration. His goal to create economic opportunities for more American families. All of these will undoubtedly strengthen race relations and improve attitudes towards immigrants in America. “Make America Great Again.”