Members of the Hofstra Community say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are"

As a member of the Hofstra community, I invite all members to stand together against the racial, religious and other intolerance that Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric promotes. It is putting our Latino, Muslim-American, those with disabilities, and other community members directly at risk.

There is no place for this kind of discrimination at Hofstra or in America.

As a community, we affirm the values that make us who we are: diversity, openness and compassion.

Join me in saying: Donald Trump is not who America is, and he is not who Hofstra is.

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Why is this important?

As members of the Hofstra community, we strongly stand against Donald J Trump’s divisive and damaging rhetoric.

In modern history, there has never been a serious presidential candidate as reckless and divisive as Donald J Trump. No modern presidential candidate has done more to increase tensions domestically and cause unease with our allies abroad. Mr. Trump has praised dictators and has damned our own president. He degrades women, claimed that an entire racial group were rapists and murderers, claimed a federal judge couldn’t do his job because of his ethnic background, made fun of a disabled reporter who was critical of him, attacked a gold star family, and insulted strong women who stood up to his brand of schoolyard bullying. Mr. Trump claims to have a plan to defeat ISIS but has not told us what that plan would entail. He has openly advocated for committing war crimes, the torture of prisoners and has openly admired Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump’s rhetoric has sent shock waves through our NATO allies and has caused our allies in the Baltic to worry that if Russia was to invade their territory President Trump would just leave them on their own. In addition, Mr. Trump’s rhetoric has damaged our fragile relationships in the Middle East and has given our enemies plenty of material to use in their recruitment process.

A Trump presidency would reverse all the progress our nation has made and bring us back to the times of racial segregation and gender discrimination. Mr. Trump’s rhetoric has done nothing but inflamed racial prejudices. He has taken every tragedy that has happened domestically and abroad and made it about himself to inflate his ego even more.

As a community, Hofstra has worked to root out racism, sexism, and xenophobia, the very ideas Mr. Trump has used to get where he is today. His hateful rhetoric and complete disrespect for his fellow citizens are why we, as members of the Hofstra community, stand up against Donald J Trump’s run for president.

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, United States

Updates

2016-09-23 12:55:09 -0400

25 signatures reached

2016-09-22 16:06:56 -0400

10 signatures reached

The views expressed in this letter are solely those of the individual author. They do not express the views or endorsement of any named organization