Trump’s vic­tory speaks to the bias against im­mi­grants

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Against all the me­dia hype and world ig­no­rance of the ‘trou­bled waters’ that is Amer­i­can so­ci­ety, Don­ald Trump won the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Bri­tain in a sur­prise turn of events ear­lier ex­ited the Euro­pean Union against the back­drop of re-emer­gence of na­tion­al­ism and pop­ulism. Race relations be­tween blacks and whites in Amer­ica are at an all time low, which is blamed on many fac­tors. Top among them the con­tin­u­ing white su­prem­a­cist ide­ol­ogy, eco­nomic tur­moil and world re-align­ments as emerg­ing pow­ers jos­tle to fill up the power vac­uum left after the fall of the great Soviet Union. Im­mi­grants are ac­cused of tak­ing away jobs from na­tives, caus­ing in­se­cu­rity by their in­volve­ment in crime and gen­er­ally clog­ging up the sys­tem with their num­bers. Amer­i­cans even ac­cuse them of im­port­ing coun­try ‘sub­stan­dard’ ways and cul­tures that are un­ac­cept­able to their sec­u­lar and lib­eral way of life.

ONYIEGO FELIX Kisii county

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