#NotMyPresident: American Minorities Fear Trump’s Presidency

#NotMyPresident: American Minorities Fear Trump’s Presidency

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What happens when an Empire fights back? What happens when those who have been subjugated for centuries rise up and fight for their rights? What happens when those who have unused ammunition in their armoury are provoked beyond breaking point?

Hopefully, revolutions are born.

Minorities in Fear

Dawn Ennis. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Dawn Ennis. (Photo: The Quint)

Dawn Ennis, a transgender woman, was certain of a Clinton victory when she set out to vote on election day. Trump’s antics had primed the ground for his decimation, she thought. The results however, made her feel vulnerable. She fears her right to her gender may fall into the doldrums with this administration in power. She fears her own and her family’s safety.

Ali Rizvi. (Photo Courtesy: <b>The Quint</b>)
Ali Rizvi. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)

Ali Rizvi, a Pakistan-American filmmaker and journalist feels doubly at risk after Trump was elected President. He fears that because of his occupation and ethnicity, he will be twice-targeted.

Wardah Khalid. (Photo Courtesy: <b>The Quint</b>)
Wardah Khalid. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)

Wardah Khalid, a Pakistani-American, wants to fight for her constitutionally-guaranteed rights. Instances of violence have shot up after Trump was anointed.

Incidents like these have heightened her fears about the impending presidency.

Lauren Brownlee. (Photo Courtesy: <b>The Quint</b>)
Lauren Brownlee. (Photo Courtesy: The Quint)

“What will children emulate?”, wonders Lauren Brownlee, a secondary school teacher and a Director of Social Action. Brownlee is sceptical of the precedence that Trump will set. The already growing acts of violence have startled her. She hopes to keep the message of peace and diversity going with her students.

In Case You’ve Forgotten, Here Is Trump’s Gameplan

To build a “great” wall and “Make America Great Again”.
To build a “great” wall and “Make America Great Again”.
Blanket ban on Muslims = End of terrorism.
Blanket ban on Muslims = End of terrorism.
How to bring back jobs.
How to bring back jobs.

The prospect of his presidency is scaring the world, especially American minorities who stand to be most affected. Let’s hope he listens to establishment Republicans and drastically transforms his rhetoric, or a minority uprising may be on the cards.

(Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam)

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