So tell me, who are the haters?

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

While in the hos­pi­tal on July 18, I re­ceived a copy of the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent with a let­ter to the ed­i­tor en­ti­tled “So much hate from the left” by Ch­ester Se­aborn. Upon read­ing the let­ter, I could not be­lieve what I was read­ing. The ex­am­ples he gave of “hate” was a restau­rant owner whose em­ploy­ees chose not to serve the spokesper­son re­peat­ing the pro­nounce­ments of a con­gen­i­tal liar, and peace­ful protests of ver­bal con­fronta­tion of Kirsten Nielsen by those op­posed to the pol­icy of sep­a­rat­ing chil­dren from their par­ents. He tried to equate this le­gal, peace­ful op­po­si­tion to the vi­o­lent protests car­ried out by ul­tra left rad­i­cals like the “Weath­er­men.” I was so hor­ri­fied that as soon as I re­cov­ered, I had to re­spond.

The re­ally crazy part of this is that those he is de­fend­ing as free of hate are in fact re­spon­si­ble for more hate than I’ve seen since Selma in 1963. They are re­spon­si­ble for tear­ing chil­dren out of their mother’s arms and send­ing them away while de­port­ing the par­ents. Of­fi­cials jus­ti­fied this by stat­ing that Amer­i­cans would not care about the da­m­age to Latino chil­dren. To ef­fi­ciently im­ple­ment this pol­icy they stated ev­ery­one seek­ing asy­lum must come through a “Port of En­try,” and then closed all of the “ports of en­tries.” In ad­di­tion, they then held de­por­ta­tion hear­ings on chil­dren un­der the age of 12 months who they had sep­a­rated from their par­ents. Four months af­ter they were court-or­dered to re­turn these kids to their par­ents, there are still 1,500 chil­dren who can not be lo­cated. A per­son has to be re­ally full of hate to treat fam­i­lies this way be­cause they look dif­fer­ent.

Other ex­am­ples of the right­ist hate in­clude the mur­der and at­tempted mur­der of two Amer­i­can en­gi­neers of In­dian de­scent. The mur­derer, Adam Pur­in­ton, yelled, “Get out of my coun­try,” be­fore fa­tally shoot­ing Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla and se­verely wound­ing his co-worker on Feb. 22, 2017. A few days later an­other In­dian man was shot and in­jured out­side his home in Kent, Wash. His at­tacker yelled, “Go back to your coun­try.” The White House said noth­ing in re­sponse to these hate crimes. But when a Latino is merely sus­pected in a crime, re­gard­less of whether they are le­gal or even na­tive born Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, the White House de­nounces the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem and Democrats for “let­ting all of these Mex­i­cans in;” “they are all rapists and mur­der­ers.” In con­trast, this vic­tim’s widow, Su­nayana Du­mala, urged peo­ple to work to­gether to spread love and stand up to hate. So tell me who is filled with hate.

In Port­land, Ore., on May 26, 2017, three men were stabbed, two fa­tally, in­clud­ing a 53-year-old Army vet­eran when they came to the de­fense of two teenage girls, one of them a Mus­lim wear­ing a hi­jab, the other African-Amer­i­can, who was ver­bally as­saulted by the mur­derer, Jeremy Joseph Chris­tian. The three vic­tims, Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrd­din Namkai-Meche and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, were rec­og­nized by the city of Port­land as he­roes. Again, no com­ment from the White House.

Jan. 14, 2017, Belle­vue, Wash.: An ar­son­ist’s fire torched the Is­lamic Cen­ter of East­side near Seat­tle.

Jan. 7, 2017, Austin, Texas: The Is­lamic Cen­ter of Lake Travis was burned to the ground be­fore it was com­pleted.

Jan. 27, 2017, Vic­to­ria, Texas: An in­ten­tion­ally set fire de­stroyed the Vic­to­ria Is­lamic Cen­ter mosque.

Feb. 24 2017, Thono­to­sassa, Fla.: An ar­son­ist’s fire dam­aged the Is­lamic So­ci­ety of New Tampa.

March 11, 2017: A mosque in Yp­si­lanti, Mich., was burned to the ground.

There were 63 pub­licly re­ported in­ci­dents from Jan­uary to July 2017, where mosques were tar­gets of threats, van­dal­ism or ar­son. On av­er­age, that comes down to nine ev­ery month and at least two a week. There was no re­sponse from the White House about these ter­ror­ist acts.

On Thurs­day, Jan. 11, Pres­i­dent Trump ex­pos­tu­lated with Se­na­tors Chuck Schumer and Lind­say Gra­ham, “Why do we want all these peo­ple from ‘[ex­ple­tive]-hole coun­tries’ com­ing here?” when re­fer­ring to Haiti and African coun­tries. A White House of­fi­cial re­ported that staffers pre­dicted the com­ment would res­onate with Trump’s base.

So tell me, who are the haters? Ed­ward R. Joell,

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