Everyone has heard the phrase, “History repeats itself.” Now, over 1200 historians have compiled a lengthy statement that ultimately warns Americans that once Trump takes over, we better be prepared to protect our civil rights to protect us from repeating a dark spot in history.
“More than 1,200 scholars who study U.S. history and related fields have signed a statement warning American citizens of frightening parallels they see between the hateful atmosphere of Donald Trump’s election and the hysteria surrounding Joe McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch hunts in the 1950s,” reports Brad Reed of Raw Story.
Mother Jones reports the scholars are concerned with the hateful rhetoric of Trump targeting minorities and his borderline treasonous speech that ultimately would suppress the constitutional and civil rights of American citizens.
“All of us are deeply concerned about the talk of registering Muslims, breaking up immigrant families by deporting and interning undocumented parents, limiting speech on campuses and by cracking down on peaceful protest, and the damaging effects of rolling back civil rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans,” Annelise Orleck, a history professor at Dartmouth College who signed the statement, tells Mother Jones. “We are the people who know well the times in American history when there have been wholesale violations of civil and human rights, when our intelligence agencies have exceeded their constitutional mandate and conducted secret surveillance of American citizens who are simply exercising their rights. We are saying that it is naive to assume that ‘it can’t happen here.'”
“Looking back to history provides copious lessons on what is at stake when we allow hysteria and untruths to trample people’s rights,” the scholars write. “We know the consequences, and it is possible, with vigilance and a clear eye on history, to prevent tragedy before it is too late.”
The scholars note that some Trump advocates have actually cited the internment of Japanese Americans as a precedent for creating a nationwide “Muslim registry,” and Trump has publicly stated that there needs to be a Muslim registry, as well as a block on Muslim immigration.. They also note that one Trump supporter has created a “watchlist” for professors who hold what Trump supporters consider “anti-American” views.
You can read the whole statement here.
These are very real considerations and need to be taken seriously. We have to protect ourselves from the racist and anti-constitutional tendencies of Trump and his supporters.
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)