Commentary by Al White
Since Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States, I have heard many people say, “I’m in a state of shock.” For me, it goes much deeper. I am disappointed and hurt. Most importantly, I am afraid not for myself, but I fear for my children.
I’m not asking you to agree with me, but I ask that you read this column with empathy and try to understand my perspective, my experience and my hopes for 2017 and beyond.
Throughout the primary and general election, Trump’s discriminatory comments excluded groups of people based on their race, gender, nationality and religion. His actions and words make one feel inferior and unequal to others.
In spite of his documented behavior, the American people elected him to the most powerful office in the nation. Seeing his behavior condoned in 2016 hurts the core of my existence. I have faced discriminatory behavior for most of my life. Since having children, my hope has been that they could live in a world free of discrimination.
Within hours of the election results, there were numerous reports of white students exhibiting bigoted and racist behaviors similar to that of President-elect Trump’s behavior on the campaign trail. I do not want my three children to experience the pain and humiliation that comes from acts of bigotry and racism. I want my children to see themselves as equal to others, not less than. I want people to look past their race and see their talents and intelligence. I want them to live their best lives. After this election, I fear my children will not have this chance.
I ask for your help—speak up against racism and bigotry, share my column with others and create an America that is an equal and safe place for all of our children.
Al White and his family have lived in Carmel since 2008. He is active in serving the Central Indiana community focusing on issues like hunger and education.