Hate crimes committed in Donald Trump's name or in the service of "Making America Great Again," have become an undeniable problem. Trump may have feebly asked racists to "stop it," but the request comes too late, after a year of Trump campaigning on a message of exclusion and racism.
Twitter user Jaileene Maite shared a video of her friend, identified only as "Natasha," recounting her experience of being verbally attacked by a racist Trump supporter on her way to class at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
The young woman haltingly explains,"On my way to class, this guy went out of his way to bump into me and sort of shoved me off the sidewalk and he said, 'No n****rs allowed on the sidewalk.'"
When a bystander called the man out for his disgusting behavior, her assailant reportedly said, "I'm just trying to make America great again," repeating the campaign slogan that has been used by countless racists in the past months.
Natasha quietly but firmly tells her viewers, "If you voted for Donald Trump, I hope you understand what that means from someone else's point of view."
Natasha's fellow students would not stand for the racist "whitelash" that has descended upon America since Trump was nominated president-elect, so they decided to do something about it.
Thronging to the steps of the university by the hundreds, Natasha's classmates showed up in solidarity with her, rallying using the hashtag 'I Walk With Natasha.' A video of the gesture shows Natasha clinging to her friends as she bursts into tears at the outpouring of support, managing to say "thank you," through her tears.
Students around the country have been taking it upon themselves to stand up to the bigotry being promoted by Trump and his supporters. We can all learn from the example of these young leaders of the future.
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