What we can Learn from US President Donald Trump?

It was a pure coincidence that my previous blog was about Community Cohesion and this one is about how the new US President is presenting himself to us. Many people would argue that his policies and ideas to date are the exact opposite of bringing people together. I am not advocating following any political parties but as an external observer and campaigner of equality and community cohesion his tone and rhetoric is very disturbing.

Dialogue is a key Component for Resolving Issues

The banning of people from a particular faith or country, doesn’t require physical walls, its very act builds invisible walls which divide communities and people of different backgrounds and cultures.

Trump quote:

[Mexico] are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists,

Is he right, is this what he really means, does he mean all Mexicans? Or only those who bring in problems?

29% of Hispanics appear to agree with him. What do you think?

“It has been widely reported that the 29% of Hispanic voters who supported Mr Trump was greater than the 27% who voted for the Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, despite Mr Trump’s comments about Mexicans and plans to build a wall on the US’s southern border” Source: BBC News

Creating walls (physical or invisible), singling out and blaming communities for the actions of the few is not conducive to achieving cohesion. It’s creating division rather than paving the way for dialogue and is completely opposite to what EMAG believes in…

to promote equality of opportunity, and good relations, between persons of different racial groups

Creating Division and Inciting Hate?

We live in era where many countries, regions and cities are made up of a very diverse group of people. The US is no different so there must be many people that are feeling threatened and cast adrift. This includes US citizens, people that work for the Government and who have served in the military. Providing fuel to people that discriminate and object to people that are different can lead to violence, physical and mental damage. This again is opposite to what EMAG work is all about…

to work towards the elimination of racial discrimination

What does Donald Trump have to do with Emag?

At EMAG we stand for unity and for celebrating diversity in Richmond upon Thames. We are here to help BME refuges, asylum seekers and other BME people from tortured backgrounds to adapt and flourish in their new home. We also support isolated BME communities to participate and succeed in British Society. This isn’t always easy of course and we work hard with our partners such as the Police, NHS and other bodies to make this process as fluid as possible. At the heart of this collaboration is dialogue and ensuring there are as few barriers as possible from the outset. Our mission is to help people in need, help them understand other cultures and customs and bring them together. I hope in time the US President comes round to a new world view and sees benefits of breaking down barriers rather than building new ones.

Open the Dialogue

EMAG encourages dialogue, debate and openness on the issues that affect us all.

What do you think on the issues presented in this article? Share your thoughts and comments, it’s time to talk.

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