Written by Jenn Sadai
In the last month or so, many people have compared President Trump’s actions with the most heinous leader of all time, Adolf Hitler. The comparison comes from the fact that Hitler blamed the Jews for the loss of World War I and Trump is blaming terrorism on specific Muslim-majority countries.
Although there are some similarities, it’s not really fair to compare Trump’s intentions with Hitler. I’m pretty confident Trump is not planning on slaughtering every Muslim or Jewish person in America. If that ever was the case, I’m certain the other world leaders would never let it happen. Or at least, that’s what I would like to believe.
However there are reasons for concerns that go beyond Trump himself. Many Americans seem to be turning against those who don’t share their same background or beliefs. Whether it is Muslims, Mexicans, Blacks or Transgender people, there is growing discrimination and hatred based on religion, nationality, skin color or gender identity.
This level of unjustified anger and prejudice is not new to America. The country was founded by ignorant slave owners who felt their white skin made them superior. Women were also viewed as property and weren’t given the right to vote until 1920. One hundred years ago, white men ruled America and dictated how the country should be run.
Are we going back in time?
There is a legitimate belief that America’s 45th President is contributing to the country’s current rise in bigotry. Trump blaming specific nationalities and religious groups for the violence, crime, and terrorism in America has spread to his supporters. I’ve personally seen an alarming increase in the number of social media posts attacking various religious groups or nationalities since he was elected on November 8th.
On Feb. 23rd, an Indian National was murdered and two other people were shot in Olathe, a city just southwest of Kansas City. The Washington Post has reported that the shooter shouted racial slurs, including “get out of my country,” before opening fire (please note, the victims were not illegal immigrants). There have also been several recent reports of anti-sematic vandalism throughout the United States.
These are the bigger problems that surface when you have a leader spreading fear by targeting specific ethnic or religious groups. That is the real correlation between Hitler and Trump. Both amplify existing xenophobia and prejudices to push their political agendas.
Even if one or two terrorist attacks in America were committed by Muslims, there are also several that were committed by Christians and Atheists. There’s a little evil in everywhere, fortunately there’s a whole lot more good people to offset the bad.
We must learn from the horrors of the Holocaust and the shame of slavery. We cannot let fear and hate win. Every human being has the right to be treated as an individual regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.
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Jenn Sadai is a Canadian author and advocate who’s just crazy enough to think she can change the world. Jenn shares her stories of surviving domestic violence, depression, and workplace bullying in hopes that it will help others cope and heal. She is the author of Dark Confession of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman, Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee, and Cottage Cheese Thighs. Website