“You are not presidential.”
The blog ‘Humans of New York’ was created in 2010 by Brandon Stanton. He believed that there is a beautiful story in every face and that’s how he started his journey. The main purpose of the blog was to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York’s inhabitants. He started to make 10,000 photographs of New Yorkers and put it into an album. Along his journey, Humans of New York, also known as HONY, started to evolve and Brandon started to collect quotes and short stories. HONY now has a worldwide audience.
In his latest Facebook post Brandon Stanton wrote an open letter to Donald J. Trump.
The main purpose of his open letter is to show people that they should wake up. He puts all the hate speeches and racist behavior of the candidate president in the light. We have all heard about the Trump’s hate speeches. At this moment, we realize that hate is the only thing that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth. Beside his speeches, he also retweets racist images and racist lies according to Brandon. “He is everything but ‘presidential”.
His open letter became fast the most shared post on Facebook.
At the end of his letter he said: ‘those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself’. Donald Trump has said things that will always stay engraved in the brain of a lot of people, specially the minorities.
How can someone with so much hate represent one of the biggest countries in the world? What will happen if he is elected? A president that encourages violence, does that mean World War III?
You can read the full post here:
An Open Letter to Donald Trump:
I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.
I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.
Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.
This article is written by Azzeddine Marchouh