In a disturbing pattern of targeted violence, two minority students in Wichita, Kansas were attacked by a man who was a clear Trump supporter.
According to The Wichita Eagle, Khondoker Usama (Wichita State University’s student body vice president) and his friend were filling up at a gas station when they encountered a man on a motorcycle who began shouting racial epithets at an African-American man in the convenience store.
The man then turned to Usama and his friend, yelling, “Brown trash, go home. Trump will win.”
He continued, telling Usama’s Hispanic friend that, “You want to live in this country, you better leave.”
Usama’s friend responded, “This is my country; who are you to tell me that?” which led to an argument, during which the man punched Usama’s friend and continued to kick him on the ground. He only stopped once he saw Usama pull out his phone and call 911; as he drove away on his motorcycle, he shouted, “Trump, Trump, Trump, we will make America great again. You losers will be thrown out of the wall.”
This white supremacist behavior has become frighteningly common in recent months—Trump’s xenophobic and racist rhetoric has made an unalterable impact on race relations in America. He has condoned and incited violence on numerous occasions, and his supporters blindly follow his orders. Just this past weekend, his supporters attacked protesters outside a rally in Chicago, and last Friday, an innocent African-American man was sucker-punched at a Trump rally.
Trump, rather than condemn these acts of violence, openly applauded them and their racist motivations.
As The Wichita Eagle reports, “When police asked whether he thought it was a hate crime, [Usama] told them: ‘When you just start a conversation with someone calling out ‘brown trash,’ there is no other motivation I see other than a hate crime.’”
Usama also elaborated on why he believed speaking about the incident was important: “This is really important in the times we are in, the challenges we are facing as minorities in this country; we better get united and we better speak up.”