This Is Not About Politics, This Is About HUMANITY | Emily Bashforth

This Is Not About Politics, This Is About HUMANITY


What happened to America being the land of the free? What happened to compassion? Liberty? Acceptance? Tolerance? Oh yes, that's right, a misogynistic, sexist, racist, psychotic President happened, that's what.
Prior to his election, many of Trump's supporters seemed to back him purely for the fact that they didn't believe he would actually go through with half of the plans he had up his sleeve. One of the factors which contributed towards him getting elected was the fact that people thought he was all talk. "Build a wall? Oh he'll never do it!" "Punishment for abortion? It'll never happen." "Ban all Muslims from the US? Oh as if!" Yet, here we are, watching one of the most beautiful countries fall apart before our very eyes.

Well, the xenophobes got what they wanted as Trump has introduced an order to restrict Muslims from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. The order bars citizens from entering the country for a period of 90 days and it also suspends the United States' refugee system for a period of 120 days. Trump claims this new order shall help to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US." This ban impacts on refugees as it completely suspends the United States' Syrian refugee programme, which accepted 12,486 Syrians in 2016. It also gives preference to accepting Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees and reduces the cap on the total number of refugees allowed to enter the US in 2017 from 110,000 to a mere 50,000. Yes. You did just read that right. Impossible to take in, I know.

I would like to imagine that, upon reading that, your skin is crawling and your mouth is filled with vomit because that is how millions felt when they learnt of Trumps' latest scheme. If you aren't feeling that way, firstly, you clearly are not paying attention and, secondly, I'm not one to tell people what to believe, but CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS. By supporting the policies of this man, you're saying racism is okay, you're encouraging ignorance, you're giving him even more power to continue wrecking the lives of innocent people.

HOW a man like Donald Trump, an out of touch, blatant psycho of a tangerine has been given the power to cause such chaos is beyond me. It's 2017, not 1940, although, as the days pass by, the lines between the two are beginning to become more blurred and I don't think it'll be long before we start referring to this horror of a human being as 'Hitler 2.0.' Oh no wait, we already have. This buffoon is the face of America, he is representing that country and it breaks my heart to even think about his name being the first thing that comes to people's minds when they think of the US because he embodies everything that their country should not. He stands for everything that nobody should stand for and is only an example to the rest of us of how not to behave. Well, I say "the rest of us" but the most disgusting thing of all about his actions, isn't his beliefs. Yes, he's racist, sexist and all the rest of it but, alone, he's just one man but the fact that he has an army of supporters is the terrifying thing. And these supporters are wrapped around his very little finger so tightly that they cannot see the chaos their leader is causing is unacceptable. A politician campaigning to become President cannot get far very without followers, however, this idiot does have followers and they're willing to back whatever he comes out with because it'll "make America great again." Many seem to be regretting voting for Trump because, as previously mentioned, they thought he'd talk the talk but never walk the walk. They didn't think it was possible for him to act upon his beliefs. Well, they were wrong. And its too little too late to say "I'm sorry, I didn't think he'd actually do it." Thankfully, as you'll know, the majority are not like Trump or his followers and they aren't ashamed of it. 

Since the controversial Muslim Ban was announced, millions have been expressing their sheer disgust at the fact that a group of people can be denied access from a country simply as a result of their religion, myself included. Petitions have been signed and marches have been held, the photos of which are truly inspiring. Seeing people come together in the way that they have over the past few weeks is incredible, especially when half of these people will not be directly affected by things such as the Muslim Ban. Protesters are proving that they are not their President, something which is extremely comforting to witness. Seeing these people refuse to be silenced and refuse to live in a dictatorship as oppose to a democracy is beautiful. They aren't scared of this man and, even if they are, they are using their fear to motivate them to make a change. Just take a look at the photos from the protests outside JFK Airport at terminal 4 recently. THIS is America.
 

The Muslim Ban is absurd and you know it's atrocious when even Piers Morgan writes a column condemning it. When your friends tell you you've made a wrong move, you've made a wrong move. To say this ban is ludicrous would be an understatement. It makes me want to scream so loudly until no sound actually comes out of my mouth at all. Trump claims that this ban shall solve the issue of radical Islamic terrorism in the US but I fail to see that. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all terrorists are Muslim. It has no religion and, I don't know about you but I am SICK of saying it. To tar everyone with the same brush in this way is callous and just shows how little Trump seems to understand his country as the majority of terrorist attacks actually come from white males, the group who seem to follow the President so devoutly. Banning all Muslims from the US is futile. Trump, it will not result in peace, but only more suffering for innocent people and protests in public places against your heartless acts. Everyone deserves to be able to feel comfortable practicing their religion and no one should live in fear of the person who is supposed to be leading their country towards a happy and successful future. No one should feel ashamed of their religion and to want to ban those who follow a select religion from your country is barbaric. Try all you like, Trump, but Muslims account for a quarter of the world's population so, no matter how many walls you build or how many policies you put into place, you cannot ignore them and you cannot silence them, just like you cannot silence the rest of us who will stand by them, Honestly, if you want to "make America great again," Mr. President, might I suggest you sort out your corrupt gun laws before attacking innocent people who just want to live a normal life? Gun violence kills more people in the US than terrorism, in fact, last year, twenty one TODDLERS killed Americans using guns and, if that doesn't send a shiver down your spine, I don't know what will. Actually, whilst we're on the topic of things that kill more Americans than terrorism, allow me to point out the fact that 69 people are killed annually by lawn mowers, 264 when hit by a bus, 737 from falling out of bed, 31 by lightning and 11,737 when shot by another American. How about comparing this with the following statistics: Annually, Islamic jihadist immigrants kill 2 Americans, far right wing terrorists kill 5 and all Islamic jihadist terrorists, including US citizens, kill 9. Don't let the media brainwash you, folks. I mean, don't quote me on it, but you are probably more likely to be killed by an elephant than a terrorist.

This ban is nothing other than a pure violation of freedom. The fact that is was introduced on Holocaust Memorial Day is even more sickening and proof that, despite what we thought, we are not advancing, we are repeating history in unimaginable ways. America is a country, like all, that is beautiful because of its diversity. It is made up of people from all different backgrounds, ways of life and religion and it is strong because of those who live and work there. America will not be made great by getting rid of immigrants and Muslims, they are the people who MAKE it great already. By removing them from the US, you shall only decrease the value of the place. Oh and I would also just like to point out that Muslims banned from the US will be from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen which, coincidentally, are all places which are not linked with Trump's businesses. Plus, incidents such as the 9/11 attacks were not caused by people from these countries. Even green card holders, permanent US residents, have been denied access to the country. I am starting to lose the ability to articulate how ill all of this makes me feel. I cry when I imagine parents telling their children they may not be able to go home, when I picture people living in an unsafe environment because they're unable to seek shelter in the US, when I think of the millions of Muslims feeling heartbroken at the fact that one human being can ruin their lives just by signing a piece of paper. 

Refugees are some of the world's most vulnerable people, seeking just that, refugee and safety. These people don't want conflict yet Trump is the one creating it by attempting to ban them. You can't place a ban on people. It's insane. Trumps mother was an immigrant, his wife is an immigrant, clearly showing that his issue is not with issue, he's just a straight up racist tool. He says we need to open our eyes to what is happening all over Europe and that their country needs extreme borders well, let me tell you Trump that what's happening all over Europe is people are shuddering is disgust at your heartlessness. How dare you, how dare anybody, propose such an outrageous rule which only completely shatters the futures of so many people? Many are now in limbo, it's a waiting game, they don't know what to do and they don't feel safe, which is no life for anybody. People were detained in airports within hours of the Ban being in action. How is the President not seeing how barbaric this is? You cannot just make a human being illegal, it's beyond a breach of human rights, it's dehumanising full stop. Personally, America has always been the one place in the world I truly want to visit and, whilst I stand by the fact that the people in it make it amazing, I cannot think of anywhere I'd rather be LESS right now and I refuse to visit until all of my brothers and sisters feel safe there. 

How anybody can condone this behaviour is beyond belief to me. Personally, I don't think there has ever been such a clear line between right and wrong and Trump is no subtle evil. What he is doing here is pure, cold, hard evil. Those who voted for him cannot take a back seat now, this is their doing and I'm sure many deaths will come from this new ban, so, Trumpets (or whatever you like to call yourselves) you have blood on your hands. Trump is a disgrace to humanity. Even using the words 'Trump' and 'humanity' in the same sentence seems criminal. And his supporters are the same. They're sheep who ought to be ashamed of what they are doing to, not only America, but the rest of the world. 
Speaking of the impact this ban shall have on the world, to all those feeling oppressed right now, we stand by you. I am not American, most of you reading this we probably not American, but that's beside point. Whether you're American or not, each country is your neighbour and you have a responsibility to show up for them so, I'm telling you, you who are hurting or feel threatened right now, we are all here. We will use our voices to protect your rights and you are human beings. We appreciate you and we want you to live the fulfilled life that you so very deserve to. Your lives matter and you should never allow one man who wears an ill fitting suit and has hair like straw to tell you otherwise. His beliefs are not those of the rest of the world. Quite the opposite.
I feel so helpless in this whole situation. I want to change the world but I feel so powerless, as I know many of you do too. So, what can we do? Well, we fight. In whatever way we can. Never underestimate your own power and influence and never stop yourself from doing something because you don't think it'll make a difference. Together, we can. Get out in the streets, make signs and March and chant peacefully. If you aren't able to physically put yourself out there, join me in utilising your social media platforms, write to your MP asking them to condemn the Muslim Ban, sign petitions, join groups, even just message people feeling scared online and let them know that it's going to be okay. 

This issue is so much bigger than all of us and it is not just a problem for the government to solve because, if it was left to them, we would see no real change. WE have to be the change. I have no issue with saying that I'm ashamed to have Theresa May as my Prime Minister. I'm ashamed that my leader has been so quick to cosy up to such an abomination of a human being because she's too weak to tell him that he's in the wrong. This isn't about politics, it's about HUMANITY. So, if you can get out in the streets and March, then March, but remember that this isn't going to be just one March, this is a four year long March and we must remain united in order to make a difference. We must embody all the things we want the world to be. Tolerant. Accepting. Loving. Generous. Kind. Understanding. Appreciative. This is everyone's. battle. I would always sit in my history lessons at school, thinking "If I was alive at that time, what would I have done?" Well, we're all alive now and what we're doing now is what we would've done. 

Emily. 

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  1. Wow, what an amazing post. Love love love.

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    1. Thank you ever so much for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed and agree! :) xx

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