The Chicago hate crime video, can’t we all just get along?

Certainly, one of the most talked about stories of the past week has been the shocking Facebook live video of 4 thugs beating up a mentally challenged teenager. Why was the teenager brutally tortured for several hours like that? All because he happened to be a white person who supported president-elect Donald Trump. How outrageous is that?!! Have we reached a point in our society when you fear for your safety because you happen to a person of a particular skin color or of a certain political belief? Unfortunately, this is the new America that we live in. Social media only adds fuel to the fire over these incidents. No matter what skin color you are, you have to be outrage over this uncalled incident of pure racial hate. There is no place in America for it.

The sad part about this incident is that it seems to be part of a growing trend of increased racial tensions in this country. Slowly but surely, we are seeing our society drift back to several years ago when racism was very alive and well. If you happened to a person of color, you were treated with a great deal of disrespect and lack of dignity. Segregation was the norm of the day. Now it seems that both whites and blacks are being targeted. Some colleges are teaching students about the dangers of so-called white privilege. Heavens forbid if you are a white person and a Trump supporter! You are targeted as an evil person who must confess of your sins or be thrown out of this country. The media and Hollywood has joined in this circus of hate. This video fully illustrates the increasing racial and political hate that is going on in this country and sadly, it may be just the tip of the iceberg towards more hateful incidents.

I know that racism will always exist here in the United States. That will never change. There will always be racial bigots on both sides. But my wish is this, can’t we all start getting along and show some respect towards each other? Is it that hard to do? Can start looking at a person’s heart as opposed to a person’s skin color? Furthermore, can we start respecting one another for his or her own political views? The disrespect that many Trump supporters are being shown since the election is extremely disturbing and uncalled for. I have never seen an election resulting in so much whining and sour grapes than this one. Trump supporters want this country and people in it to succeed just as much as non-Trump supporters. Why can’t people respect that?

I hope in 2017, people will start to unite together to solve some of our many problems. Just maybe, something good will happen from this video and people will realize that pointing the finger at one race is not going to solve anything. Racism and lack of tolerance for political views is a growing danger that must be stopped in this country before it is too late.

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