RNS – Mariann Edgar Budde: Have we no decency? A response to President Trump

„This week, President Trump crossed another threshold. Not only did he insult a leader in the fight for racial justice and equality for all persons; not only did he savage the nations from which immigrants to this country have come; but now he has condemned the residents of an entire American city. Where will he go from here?

Make no mistake about it, words matter. And Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous.

These words are more than a “dog whistle.”

When such violent dehumanizing words come from the president of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a subhuman “infestation” in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.

When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency, but of ours.”

Have we no decency? A response to President Trump

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