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Epic Rise in Hate Crimes Under a Culturally Insensitive and Deranged POTUS

Mon 12 Jun, 2017

 Epic Rise in Hate Crimes Under a Culturally Insensitive and Deranged POTUS

I am troubled and sickened by the amount of African American blood that was spilled during the month of May 2017. The most recent victim was Richard W. Collins III, who was just days away from his college graduation. This highly decorated man of service, who was about to dedicate his life to the protection of this country, was brutally stabbed in public by a young white man who runs an Alt-Right, Nazi loving Facebook page. (And officials had the nerve to investigate if it was hate crime.)

That’s just one of four racially motivated African American U.S. deaths in May that I know of. The other three were 15-year-old unarmed children who were slain by cops. Not only am I angry, I am heartbroken. I am raising sons in this cultural climate. As a parent I am at a loss for words and in an overflow of emotion…

Yet how surprised can we be when the Leader of this Country employs openly racist and culturally insensitive individuals and even takes money from them? He exhibits behavior that can only lead one to believe he shares their beliefs. The Leader of our Country displays erratic, narcissistic, destructive behavior and he got himself into office by stirring the pot and invigorating a segment of the population that is blatantly showing their asses in a fatal fashion.

But are we really surprised when these hateful individuals are simply following the tone set by President Trump?

My opinion on Trump’s character and personality are unfortunately not just my own. His mental health has been called into question by hundreds of credentialed psychological professionals who assert his mental health is questionable and that he must be removed from office. They fear for the future of this country, the world and all its citizens. They are literally risking their careers to publicly speak out on a subject that their profession prohibits them from doing.

Would someone risk their life, their profession, their reputation and their family’s very livelihood for something as trifling as a political potshot? These brave men and women are passionately speaking out because their consciences demand that they do so.

Critics think “this is about politics. This has nothing to do with politics,” says Dr. Lance Dodes, a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a signator to an open letter calling Trump “incapable of serving safely as president.” Instead, it’s about Trump’s behavior and what Dodes sees as a threat to the American people and the world. — Citation: Susan Milligan | Senior Writer | USNews.com

Andrea Germanos, a staff writer for the Progressive news website CommonDreams.org wrote in an article published April 21, 2017:

A group of mental health professionals gathered at Yale University recently to discuss what they believe is their duty to warn the public of the “danger” posed by President Donald Trump. The “Duty to Warn” event was attended by roughly two dozen people and was organized Dr. Bandy Lee, assistant clinical professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry… Lee called the mental health of the president “the elephant in the room,” and said: “Colleagues are concerned about the repercussions of speaking.”

Dr. John Gartner, a psychologist who taught at Johns Hopkins University, argued: “We do believe that Donald Trump’s mental illness is putting the entire country, and indeed the entire world, in danger. As health professionals we have an ethical duty to warn the public about that danger.”

“Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and [exhibits] grandiose thinking… he proved that to the country the first day he was President. If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional,” Gartner added.

Gartner founded Duty to Warn and also started a Change.org petition which states, “Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States” and should therefore be removed from office. As of this writing, the petition has gathered over 55,000 signatures.

Mr. Gartner is just one of the many mental health professionals, congressmen and congresswomen who are doing their best to organize and speak out against someone they see as certifiably unfit to lead this country. But again, what troubles me the most is the climate he creates in our culture, a climate that incites the dangerous, hateful and racist people who walk among us.

Trump makes this volatile group of individuals feel entitled and unafraid to practice racially motivated hate crimes with impunity. His loose speech, racist travel bans, and crass, uncouth diplomatic style on the global stage encourages a culture of ignorance, intolerance and deadly division.



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  • Amenti Sujai, Ph.D.

    Thank you for your post, Mr. Griffin. I agree, and in my opinion, Trump also displays periods of dementia which is just as dangerous. Although his ideology and beliefs are a reflection of his mental health, that same ideology is the foundation of a historically entrenched system that has consistently devalued and dehumanized African Americans. We have also been taught to participate in that same system through religion, education, law, medicine, social mores, and morality. The system, itself, is a virus or a mental illness of a society that is in deep denial of its existence. Since Trump has no redeeming qualities that can heal his lack of moral reasoning, he sanctions and helps the spread of America’s disease for this time in history and this generation. It is partly the reason I made a choice to teach at an HBCU. I do not have the economic or political power to eradicate an illness deeply embedded in the soil of this country’s roots, but I can raise awareness so that my students will learn to be aware, and learn to live creative, productive lives– regardless. Taking care of our mental, physical and spiritual health while staying aware of American’s social conditioning toward illness is a powerful, political response.

    • Lisa Steele

      Thanks for your contribution to this discussion Dr. Sujai. Much appreciated!

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