Donald Trump’s reluctance to acknowledge American hate crimes as terrorism is a telling symptom of his white nationalist doctrine.

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If the ruling American Conservatives are to be believed, then racism no longer exists. According to various powers that be, discrimination, prejudice and especially white crimes against all others is a thing died in a distant, alternative past.

In their version of 2017, the only terrorism still in existence is seeded and cultivated only in the vast desert-nations if Islam; wherein a pure and evil hatred of freedom and Judeo-Christian American values permeates the culture like ink in water.  

But last week, racism and cultural intolerance in America proved itself alive and thriving, specifically of the white-nationalism variety.

In a bar in Kansas City, an awful thing happened: a 51-year-old white man named Adam Purinton opened fire on a group of young Indian men (whom he allegedly mistakenly identified as Middle Eastern, a detail which makes the story itself no more acceptable), killing one and injuring two.

Evidently unprovoked, Purinton was witnessed as shouting “Get out of my country!” before firing shots that would kill 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wound two others, including the victim’s companion, Alok Madasani and a fellow patron, Ian Grillot.

Although the president has routinely been quite vocal via all mediums when it comes to violence committed by or involving non-whites, he has as of yet remained utterly silent on this particularly tragedy and others like it since his election.

Adam Purinton allegedly opened fire on a group of Indian men while shouting "Get out of my country!"
Adam Purinton allegedly opened fire on a group of Indian men while shouting “Get out of my country!”

When asked whether or not the was an apparent link between racist-white violence and Trump’s white nationalist rhetoric, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied the connection.

“Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd,” he said. “So I’m not going to go any further than that.”

The common interpretation by anti-Trump resistance is that the new president is by far largely biased against non-white Americans and non-Americans alike, as his and his administration’s outright reluctance to openly condemn the attack in Kansas (while simultaneously taking to Twitter and press conferences to derail “fake news” and promote pro-white nationalism propaganda) coupled with his troubling choices for an ethnically one-sided cabinet demonstrate ad nauseum.

Evidently unprovoked, Purinton was witnessed as shouting “Get out of my country!” before firing shots that would kill 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wound two others, including the victim’s companion, Alok Madasani and a fellow patron, Ian Grillot.

“If the situation in Kansas were reversed, if two Indian immigrants attacked a group of white patrons to intimidate the larger community, there’s little question that Trump would respond with anger and condemnation,” wrote Slate.com’s Jamelle Bouie.

Tracking hate under Trump

According to an article by progressive journalism leader ThinkProgress, 261 separate counts of white-on-non-white hate crimes have occurred since Trump’s election so far, not counting the recent incident in Kansas City. Nearly half of these are documented as being directly connected to the new president’s victory.

Statistics of hate crime in American since Donald Trump's election as of February 2017. Image credit: ThinkProgress.org.
Statistics of hate crime in American since Donald Trump’s election as of February 2017. Image credit: ThinkProgress.org.

This number is only a fraction of the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s 867 reported post-election hate crime incidents. ThinkProgress’ tracker only included acts of hate violence toward individuals and communities rather than public and private places, such as vandalized mosques or –  most recently – overturned tombstones of a Jewish cemetery. Their numbers also do not include external acts of violence, such as the Quebec mosque attack last month.

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An avid film and literature buff, Raymond is currently an undergraduate student at NYU Tisch School. He maintains that the best of American culture, art and science are ahead of us. His writing tends to focus on Culture, Art and Civil Rights.