Nothing like exposing who you really are.
Donald Trump has run a primary campaign where he has insulted nearly every of the many groups that combine to make up the United States. At various turns he has called for deportation of 11 million Latinos, stopping any Muslim immigration based simply on their religion; denigrated all women for various superficialities such as weight, looks and age; he spews hate and approves violence as a response. In short, Donald Trump plays to the very worst demons in our society. And Iowa’s Republican leaders have stood up to support him. To most people their support of Trump means approval of Trump’s policy and rhetoric.
This is stunning. It has to be a low point in the history of Iowa politics.
We should expect our top elected officials to put the good of the country far higher than support of their party. We owe Donald Trump a thank you for one thing: Thank you for giving Iowans a chance to learn where the true loyalties of our state elected officials lie. It is sad but very revealing that Grassley, Branstad and Ernst are more than willing to support a candidate who spews racist, misogynist and hate filled rhetoric.
Let us hope that news media does its job and exposes the harm Trump’s stances cause. Let us also hope that they shine a light on those who approve such rhetoric and action with their support.
Here is a short story on some of the effects the Trump campaign has had on school children in the US:
Marginalized students are “terrified”
Over two-thirds (67 percent) of educators reported that young people in their schools—most often immigrants, children of immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and other students of color—had expressed concern about what might happen to them or their families after the election. Close to one-third of the students in American classrooms are children of foreign-born parents. This year, they are scared, stressed and in need of reassurance and support from teachers. Muslim children are harassed and worried. Even native-born African-American children, whose families arrived here before the American Revolution, ask about being sent back to Africa. Others, especially younger students, have worries that are the stuff of nightmares, like a return to slavery or being rounded up and put into camps. Overall, these vulnerable students are disillusioned and depressed at the hatred they’re hearing from candidates, in the news, from classmates and even, sometimes, from trusted adults. They’re discouraged to find out what people really think. Teachers struggle to help them feel safe.
Undocumented students or students with undocumented family members are especially vulnerable. These students have a legal right to a public school education, but many of them come to school every day fearful that their families will be separated. Teachers, in general, are very protective of students and sensitive to their pain.
Fears are pervasive. Students tell teachers 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.
Students are stressed and anxious in a way that is threatening their health, emotional well-being and their schoolwork. We heard from dozens of educators about young students who expressed daily worries about “being sent back” or having their parents sent back. In many cases, the students are American citizens or come from families that are here legally. It doesn’t matter: Regardless of immigration status, they feel under attack. We heard about students from second grade to high school crying in class.