Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Telegraph: Donald Trump's campaign is based on fear of anyone who looks different

The Telegraph: Donald Trump's campaign is based on fear of anyone who looks different

Article by J. Singh-Sohal

'At a rally in Muscatine, Iowa, a Sikh protester in a turban was escorted out for unfurling a large “stop hate” banner. “He wasn’t wearing one of those hats, was he?” jibed the billionaire, in reference to the Trump baseball cap worn by supporters. "And he never will!" Mr Trump had been speaking about President Obama’s anti-terrorism policies at the time.

News outlets and social media activists have been quick to accuse Mr Trump of mocking the Sikh. That’s because not only are race relations highly politicised in the US (especially so during an election year) but because the perceived ignorance about the appearance of religious Sikhs only heightens tensions further. Such comments are dangerous because of the sheer amount of hate violence Sikhs experience in modern America.'

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