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To folks who finally care about Trump

I think it’s absolutely bomb (unapologetically using my favorite circa 2003 adjective despite being Muslim) that so many feminists I’ve never or rarely seen say something about Islamophobia are now saying something about Islamophobia

I just think it’s also absolutely terrifying that it took Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. for so many people to reach this breaking point. If Trump is what made you realize that “enough is enough,” I say better late than never. I just hope you know that we reached enough long ago. I hope you’ll make sure to point out that what we’ve had enough of can’t just be Trump and his well-supported idea of banning Muslims from the country.

It has to include a White House which thinks “Trump should be disqualified,” but said little about mass shootings on Sunday and lots about scary brown terrorism and people (i.e. my relatives who the White House will continue to bomb overseas).

It has to include a Dick Cheney who thinks “Trump goes against what we believe in” but that water-boarding and sexual violence as torture, the murder of millions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Gitmo do not.

It has to include a J.K Rowling who thinks “Trump is worse than Voldemort” but Israel’s occupation and theft of Palestinian life and land? Less so.

It has to include a Hillary Clinton who thinks “Trump is prejudiced and hateful” but the surveillance, detention, and deportation of Muslim Americans after the Patriot Act she still defends is super race-neutral and loving.

It has to include a media empire which thinks we shouldn’t be banned from the country per say, we should just be routinely dehumanized and exclusively called terrorist.

It has to include the feminists that think Trump’s comments are despicable, but celebrated women being able to enter combat positions last week (to kill Muslims as effectively as men can).

If Trump is what made you realize that we’ve crossed a line, I say better late than never. I just hope you know that we crossed that line long ago.

Mahroh Jahangiri is the former Executive Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor- and youth-led organization working to end gender violence in schools. She cares about the ways in which American militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact communities of color transnationally. You can say hi to her at @mahrohj.

Mahroh Jahangiri is the former Executive Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor- and youth-led organization working to end gender violence in schools.

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