The scapegoating of minority communities is a tried and tested means by which the ruling-class attempts to deflect attention away from their own predatory and abusive relationship with the rest of us, the 99%. In the United States this is a dangerous strategy of division that both the Democrats and the Republicans have down to a tee.
Donald Trump, the current international hatemonger-in-residence at the Whitehouse, however, has plans to take such vicious acts of misdirection to a whole other level. This can be seen by his latest Executive Order (made on Friday) that bars residents from seven Muslim majority countries from even entering the United States!
Outrageously, Theresa May, who has just spent some time in the US with the orange predator-in-chief, didn’t care too much about Trump’s vile affront on democracy. But fortunately the same passivity does not hold true for the majority of the British public.
Earlier this morning an online petition was set up to “Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.” Now, at the time of publishing this post just over 400,000 people had signed the petition, with more still signing-up at a rate of 1,000 per minute!
Longstanding anti-racism campaigner and present leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has also made his opposition to Trump’s anti-democratic agenda clear:
“Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees’ and women’s rights. Theresa May would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump’s actions in the clearest terms. That’s what Britain expects and deserves.”
The Muslim Council of Britain likewise condemned Trump’s Executive Order, noting that the Council:
“…calls on our British government to speak out much more forcefully and stand up for the British values it supposedly seeks from others. For all intents and purposes this is a Muslim ban designed not to confront terrorism but to placate the most hateful sections of American society.”
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said:
“This ban on Muslims is not only an inconvenience, it is downright dangerous to our values of equality and non-discrimination. We are told that British values include the rule of law and ‘mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.’”
In response to this latest incidence of bigotry on Trump’s part and spinelessness on May’s part, protests are taking place across Britain to show solidarity with the massive anti-Trump protests that are already ongoing in the United States.
On Monday a huge protest will be taking place in London (outside Downing Street from 6pm), while here in Leicester another large anti-Trump protest will begin at 5.30pm (in town by the Clock Tower). This is an important time to unite and come together to oppose racism and help build a mass alternative to the billionaire-classes politics of division.
As Socialist Alternative’s Seattle City Councillor, Kshama Sawant, puts it:
“To answer Trump’s vicious attacks will require for us to build up a determined, fighting movement; one that seeks to mobilise millions from below in collective struggle, building grassroots democratic structures and our own independent organisations. Symbolic resistance will not be enough. We need to build mass nonviolent civil disobedience. We need disruption of business as usual!”