Pretoria, South Africa
Wednesday November 16, 2016
Against all odds, Donald Trump’s bigotry against Hispanics, Latinos, Muslims and Sikhs has catapulted him to the White House.
His extremist vitriol made him quite popular among evangelical Christian Zionists, ultra-right wing White extremists and even the White middle class.
Dissatisfied with the Obama administration, with the Republican Party and with their personal economic circumstances, which saw a drastic deterioration in the 1970s, a majority of Americans was looking for change. Their feeling of helplessness accelerated in the twenty-first century and many were attracted to Trump’s bigotry.
Political commentators expected Trump’s campaign to fizzle out quickly but his ever-growing support base caught some hard-line Republicans by surprise. He never stopped making controversial statements throughout his campaign. Even claims of sexual assault could not damage him.
In effect, Trump’s popularity represents the success of bigotry and much that is wrong with mainstream politics in the United States. It has also helped re-ignite a long-discredited xenophobic feature in the country.
No one seemed able to conjure up a meaningful plan to halt Trump’s bigotry-laden train in its tracks. Strategists in the US are now scampering around to figure out how to contain the situation.
However, should Trump really be contained? Perhaps a Trump presidency is what the world needs, to re-ignite the drive for true and meaningful liberation.
The US projects itself as a bastion of democracy and capitalism, protector of the free world and the guardian of the international human rights dispensation.
The American Public Relations industry (the mainstream media, Hollywood etc.) has punted this facade for decades and it has taken the bigotry of a billionaire businessman to bring it into question.
Trump’s presidency is beginning to expose the true nature of the modern/colonial Islamophobic world order under the stewardship of the American empire.
At the commencement of the War on Terror following the 9/11 attacks, George Bush and the American establishment were at pains to argue that this was not a War on Islam.
Trump adopts no such pretence stating bluntly that under his presidency, Muslims would be banned from entering the United States and that all Syrian refugees would be sent back as they could be ISIL operatives.
The fact that his views hold so much currency after having been accepted by American voters, speaks volumes about the real nature of the US empire.
His Islamophobic rhetoric has woken up many liberals and even some conservatives from their slumber. It has conscientized oppressed populations that the world has descended into alarming disorder where the paradigm of war is increasingly going to be used as a tool for resolving political conflicts with far reaching consequences for human life.
The non-Western world has begun to realize that the empire only wants complete control, domination and subordination of non-white peoples.
The grand opera of non-racialism, multi-racialism, inclusivity and mutual respect purported by the American empire was just meant to pacify the oppressed.
It will soon begin to crumble, since a Trump presidency will expose the illusion of the international human rights regime and will reveal the myth of the American venture of spreading democracy.
Trump’s ascendency to power will help unmask, attack and obliterate these myths because it clearly demonstrates that the empire, as the global leader of the modern/colonial world, can only be sustained through a combination of violence, deception, insincerity and lies.
It will demonstrate that we live in a world governed by the idea of coloniality—the continuation of power arrangements that emerged from colonialism and continues to manifest itself long after the end of formal colonialism.
Trump will assist in making it clear that we are not free. Oppression has merely managed to change forms. It may just be the spark to conscientize the world to this fact. It is the missing ingredient to wake up the marginalized to the reality of its hellish condition.
We may begin to realize that everything we know about ourselves and the world has been constructed for us by Eurocentric thinkers to further a neo-colonial agenda of dominance and subservience.
Thank you America for voting trump into power.
Dr Ahmed Jazbhay is Executive Member at MEDIA REVIEW NETWORK, Pretoria, South Africa