Trump’s Pretermission of the American history

Trump’s Pretermission of the American history

Sadia Maryam

In 2009, after the fall of Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Markel advised the major governments of the world “to use this invaluable gift of freedom and… to overcome the walls of our time”. Ten years later, the world is witnessing many ‘Trump walls’ stating intranational or international boundaries. The expansion of Mexico-United States barrier was one example of physical implication of raising ‘walls’. Others, mere metaphoric and virtual but proved to be more efficacious in terms of serving the purpose.

Donald Trump’s attempts to save Confederate symbols was totally justified in terms of letting history keep its ‘remains’, if not as a symbol of victory or pride then as a valuable lesson or merely to show veneration. Later, he lashed out at the ban of displaying Confederate flags in some organizations, days after hailing 4th of July in front of Mouth Rushmore, an iconic sculpture but among public, considered as a racist monument. All this being witnessed in times of tumultuous social crises demanding anti-racism policies and justice after the death of George Floyd.  His tweets are enraging for the public when there is already a havoc among people of all calibers, let alone be consoling or neutral ones.

Turning back few pages of history, a massive collaboration of diverse backgrounds, immigrants, pilgrims, adventurers, tradesmen, farmers, catholics, protestants and many other groups of people settled in the American region. The settlers belonged to Asia, England, Dutch, France, Germany, Spain, Scotch-Irish, Swedes and later the Great Britain took over control of all the colonists. After a few decades under the Britain rule, the colonists realized they were not given ‘rights’ equal to Englishmen and they felt discrimination in the way British treated them as compared to the freeborn English people. The Americas underwent a pandemonium, all their people belonging to the multiple backgrounds, stood in unison and broke thorough the rule of Great Britain, hailing the ‘American Revolution’. Sermons like “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” and preachers like Jonathan Edwards paved the exigent path towards ultimate independence.

But this was the America and so it is today, an amalgamation of colorful, manifold and diverse roots, emerging out to be single grandeur and valiant lush-green branch. Trump is forgetting that this greenery will lose its lush if he artificially selects a single trait and let it breed. It will devastate the vary natural bliss of the America. To hail one race is to dissent the history and its facts that many different races fought, sacrificed and valorously struggled for an independent unified America.

The pendulum of time keeps swinging. Trump is spending the short period left in his presidency to divide the creeds of the people, engraving deeper slits among the diverse nature of the US. As Jonathan Edwards writes “Unconverted men walk over the pit of the hell on a rotten covering.  The reason why they are not fallen already and do not fall now is only that God’s appointed is not come”. But sooner or later, God’s appointed time will reach finally. But the question is “Are we fulfilling our incumbent duties and performing the tasks assigned to us rightfully?”

Obsolete as it might seem in today’s era, to be proud of a certain skin color and certain creed of human beings but the truth stands clear and more surprisingly in the hands of the stakeholders, chief commanders and leader of the whole world. There could be the other side of the picture too. There could be a positive and open heart towards this natural diversity of people God has created. There could be an intrinsic kind human reaction towards other ‘colors’ of our fellow beings. There could be a laudatory acceptance of the seemingly ‘unpleasant’ dark skins, a feature absolutely out of the reach of human power. But something in our power is to bring these ‘could be’s from utopian to our practical. To join people’s hearts instead of breaking them apart.  Justice might prevail then.

The world might become a better place. Other developing and underdeveloped countries might look up to the ‘Great America’ as a model for governance and ruling by considering to ‘use this invaluable gift of freedom’, the powers we are given to break the walls of our time.

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