Anti-Muslim Bigotry Again To Make Headlines From Trump White House

There is no end to the use of anti-Muslim bigotry by the Trump White House.  The latest attempt to play to the angry white men in America is underway with the administration’s intention to dramatically expand its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries.  And would anyone be shocked that the expansion would be aimed at Muslim nations?

This week a person I was in high school with posted on Facebook a most racist screed about a Somalian woman who was elected to a local office in Lewiston, Maine.   That he was ranting from central Wisconsin about a topic he knew nothing about, and in the foulest way, is proof that there are many weak-minded Trump supporters who eat up anything that is anti-Muslim.

It needs to be noted that Safiya Khalid, won her race with 70% of the vote.  Clearly, those closer to the facts, than a racist many states away, knew they should not allow for the internet trolls to sway an election.

But that post is important to consider as news breaks about the renewed efforts at the White House to again attack those of the Muslim faith.  News reports have alerted the nation that the White House document being circulated has the countries that would be affected blacked out.  It is being reported through sources that seven nations–the majority of them Muslim–are on the list.

This takes me back to the base of the Trump supporters for which this wretchedness is created.  Such as the FB post I mentioned.

It was, after all the angry under-educated white male who elected Trump.  They refuse to better themselves or take classes or make their lives richer.  Instead, they are bitter that folks from places around the globe can come here, learn a new language, take classes and start new businesses and create new jobs and become successful.  I can name many who have succeeded that way in the 30-plus years I have lived in Madison.

Meanwhile, Trump voters continue to whine about public restrooms and why coal is not King anymore and they then wonder why the rest of the nation laughs.

That Trump’s White House caters to the most low-brow in our nation, with racist and xenophobic policy ideas, is not only unconscionable but also one of the leading reasons we will kick the current occupant of the White House out in 2020.

Madison Neighborhood Assc. Board Accused Of Bullying

At a recent meeting of the Marquette Neighborhood Association Board, when replacements were named for two openings, a woman stood and asked that there be training so to deal with bullying.   MNA member Anne Walker was succinct and not deterred as the Board tired to shut her down.

“That is something that has been a long-term problem at MNA and certainly more information could be made available to the Board, should the Board choose to pursue it, which it really hasn’t.  I see the MNA Board having three problems.  One, there is bullying going on, two you are not acknowledging it, and three you are not dealing with it. So now you have put someone back on the Board…….”

It was then the Board, who protects their own, tried to shut the meeting down.  But Walker continued to speak out over the growing clamor for an adjournment to stress that  UW-Extension has some excellent classes that can help the Board.

“This is an issue that you need to pursue.”

So it does require asking, since $1,000 was placed aside for training, what actually does the Board plan to do so to understand that bullying tactics of the members can not continue?  I know one of the Board members thought an online course might suffice.  I do not want those in their skivvies glancing at the screen as they open their mail or make a meal.  The serious issue which Walker and others have raised demands that the money allocated for the training takes place in a structured manner with serious and sober Board members paying attention.

And learning.

This neighborhood association cries out for actual leadership. A genuine and meaningful conversation must take place so that those with perspectives and experiences which differ from the elected (and now appointed board) are not treated in the fashion as the emails prove to be the case.  I was more than stunned when reading the ‘c’ word was used by a Board member about a woman in an email.  Perhaps these emails will need to be made public to underscore the issue at hand.

I am proud of those who have taken the time to literally stand up to the Board and not cower when faced with their blowback.  Our neighborhood is a grand place to live as we have the best that an isthmus can provide, a robust research university in our city, along with state government.  There are so many credible places the Board can turn to for guidance on how to conduct themselves in a professional manner they are bound to find at least one to their liking.

But to do nothing substantive to curtail the bullying that Walker and others have presented is not tenable.