If the first month following the election of Donald Trump is any indication of what’s to come, Blacks and minorities will face a heightened level of hatred and racism. In the latest edition of “racist acts by Trump supporters,” an NFL player has become the latest victim of a racial wrath.
According to reports, New York Giants player, Nikita Whitlock, left his Moonachie, New Jersey home with his family shortly after Thanksgiving. But when he returned, he noticed that his home had been vandalized. The suspects wrote the words “Trump,” “KKK,” “F–g N—r,” and “Go Back to Africa” on the walls. They also stole jewelry and several game consoles.
The incident took place in a town that is nearly 80 percent White and only 1 percent Black, according to the Census. Before the incident, Whitlock told reporters that he didn’t have any issues within the community. But he did recall an older White woman making a racist joke about him not being violent because of his NFL salary.
Whitlock’s incident is just the latest form of overt racism exhibited by Trump supporters. Since the election, over 1,000 hate crimes have been reported across the country. Moreover, several Trump supporters have been fired for making racist statements.
Pamela Ramsey Taylor, a director at Clay County Development Corporation in West Virginia, made a disparaging Facebook post aimed at Michelle Obama. In the racist post, Taylor wrote, “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.” The post was then liked by the mayor of Clay, Beverly Whaling, who wrote, “Just made my day Pam” in the comments section.
Trump has done very little to calm his followers who have reacted with racist speech and violence. Instead, he has spent more time insulting people, businesses, and SNL on Twitter. Trump’s reign as president will likely further the racial divide that has always served as a major issue in this country.