It is in Trump’s America that a seven-year-old Muslim boy can be bullied and bruised

He was physically abused by classmates. His family had been harassed by neighbours too and called ‘terrorists’.

Mahwash Badar October 13, 2016
I still have a hard time believing it. I say this to myself every time I see Donald Trump on television as a presidential candidate.

My disbelief doubled and tripled as I watched the recent presidential debate. During one of the debates, on the issue of ‘Black Lives Matter’, Donald Trump completely subverted the issue of racism and turned it into an issue of ‘law and order’. As if that wasn’t enough, his infamous tapes of proudly harassing women have surfaced.
“This guy? Seriously, America? You want to make this guy your president?” I say that to myself every time.

Ironically, he wants to throw all immigrants out and make America great again. But the real question is – what will be left of America if the immigrants are gone?

Last Friday in North Carolina, a seven-year-old child was bullied and harassed by his classmates for being a Muslim and a Pakistani. He was physically abused and suffered from a strained arm. The family had been harassed by their neighbours too; they had been called ‘terrorists’. Dr Zeeshanul Hasan Usmani came to America as a Fulbright Scholar. He works at a data software company in Silicon Valley – he claims his son is ‘as American as you can get’.

Bullying is not new to America, or to the world. It’s a big, big problem in America’s educational institutions – hundreds of thousands of parents are choosing their children to stay at home. Movies, books, articles, discussions are under way as to how to stop this bullying behaviour at schools.

Is it self-esteem? Miss Norbury from the film Mean Girls claimed otherwise,
“They seem pretty pleased with themselves”, she said, while referring to the bullying in high school.

So clearly they have the Donald Trump syndrome: they think their entitlement gives them the right to treat anyone who they don’t like as poorly as they please. I’d call it psychopathic narcissism. And the GOP has justified that it has it by making Trump its presidential candidate.

If a child is fat or gay or Muslim or just different, in Donald Trump’s America, it is enough cause for bullying. In a post 9/11 world where there is already enough onslaught on regular, peace-loving Muslims for being ‘terrorists’ and African Americans are already suffering from police brutality, where people like Brock Turner walk free just after three months in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious woman – America cannot possibly elect or even vote for someone like Trump who hates immigrants, who hates African-Americans and who is a straight out misogynist.

I grew up in the 90s. In the era of Home Alone movies. I grew up watching American sitcoms making fun of Donald Trump. I grew up listening to people talk about him as one of those obscenely wealthy over-privileged, over-entitled people. He was a cliché.

I also grew up thinking of America as a land of opportunity, thinking that it’s a merit-based society where you could be whoever you want to be without fearing oppression or discrimination. As I grew older, I read about the history of America, how it came to be. I read about the early settlers, how it was mostly an immigrant society where men from all over the world came to find greener pastures and started living in America in the hope of finding a better future for their children.

In 2008, they made the first African American president. In 2016, they may make the first female president. But if they elect Donald Trump, they’ll make a 90s joke their president.
Mahwash Badar
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4Humanity | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend ohh don't compare 'gays or fats' with Muslims.. 'Gays' are way better than Muslims!! At least they have a heart whereas, the later doesn't. Gays are proud and open about it, whereas Muslims run away when they are told to accept that their community breed terrorists. 'Gays' are for real and should be protected at least they don't kill or bomb someone, whereas, Muslims favorite pass time is to raise fatwas, believe that universe was created in 6 days, believe in Jinns.. believe in Slavery... Believe in amputating a thief, believe in no women rights..believe in polygamy.. believe in getting married to a child is fact.. completely believing all inhumane activities. Islam is not a religion of peace.. Jihad being one of the key elements and converting every human being to Islam as their prophecy. 1.4 billion Muslims not united, killing each other, blowing themselves up, homophobic, jihadists (creators of Taliban, Al-Qaeda), killing minorities. no room for mercy for these 1.4. billion people who don't respect democracy, secularism, other religions, other ethnicity, other races.. till that time, I agree with Trump, every darn Non-Muslim country in this world who want peace should not allow them in their country and boycott them vociferously.
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