ART BY MEGAN LIEN
Chauvinism and racism. Words that, over a year ago, may have never crossed the average American’s mind if prompted about the nation’s president. The contrast is now stark. The same words are blatant descriptions of our leadership today, a leadership that has placed self-service and discrimination above all.
Diplomacy is key as the leader of a country founded on diversity and his blatant racism is most unbecoming of the head of the nation.
In times like these, amidst a natural disaster that is the caliber of Hurricane Harvey, a true leader would utilize all available resources to ensure assistance for those in need, but that is not the case with our president, Donald Trump. Mexico offered to deploy troops in order to help with recovery efforts but, in the vein of inflexibility, the Trump administration refused.
When Hurricane Katrina hit back in 2012, the Mexican government generously offered help and the Bush administration gratefully accepted. As a result, Mexican soldiers delivered more than 170,000 meals, 184,000 tons of supplies and more than 500 medical consultations for the people of Louisiana and Missouri.
This contrast between the actions of these two presidents brews heavy debate over the legitimacy of Trump’s claims that he is impartial and fair, and that color is not a factor in his rulebook. However, instances such as the Muslim Ban prove otherwise. President Trump’s bias, which prohibited people from entering past the Mexican border proved that he let his opinions get in the way of what was good for the American people. With Hurricane Harvey to add to his controversial tenure, it seems the natural disaster is but one of many debatable incidents in this presidential term. Hurricane Katrina was said to be the single most catastrophic disaster in American history, but this country managed to rise from that with the help of neighbors— countries which the administration now construe as threats to national security.
To be clear, this was not the only time Trump discriminated against the Hispanic race. In June, Trump believed that a Hispanic judge was not doing his job properly for no valid reason, even insinuating that said judge’s “lack of capability” was a byproduct of his race. The U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel did nothing that threatened the American people in any way. Rather than appear objective, Trump’s comment looked rather discriminating, an apparent display of unrestrained candor and prejudice.
Some supporters may argue that President Trump’s decisions are justified, because as president, he retains the right to dictate policy. And indeed, while he does hold executive power, the role of a leader simply seems to be too diplomatic a task for him to handle.
For instance, last Tuesday President Trump announced his intention to end a program initiated by past president Barack Obama to protect undocumented immigrants from being deported. This program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, existed to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in America freely and work legally. As it is, Trump’s reasoning for the program’s removal remains that Americans are being victimized and shut out from jobs that illegal immigrants are taking instead. According to Trump, his intention for removing is for the benefit of the American people. However, his policies stand to prove that certain groups— perhaps even racial ones —hold higher priority on his list of things to do. This affects our country as a whole because discrimination is an ongoing issue and anti racism is advocated everyday to stop the discrimination. By creating policies which benefit certain groups, Trump is destroying the equal rights our founding fathers worked through blood and sweat to create.
Ultimately, our president’s leadership has prioritized certain ethnic groups while discriminating others, and despite the balanced, all-inclusive message he claims to preach, Donald Trump has done nothing but act otherwise.