After the results of 2016 presidential elections, many people seem to be nervous of what the future holds. Some group of people fear that they will be deported, some fear that their culture and/or religion will be targeted, and some fear their skin color will become even more of a bigly “issue” than before. Keeping this in mind, and relating this situation to Douglas Bayton’s article. One can argue that Trump’s victory has disabled or is going to disable variety of minority groups in the United States.
In Douglas Bayton’s article “Disability and Justification of Inequality in American History”, Bayton explains how variety of minority groups, through out America’s history, have been disabled and have been treated unequally. By disabled, I do not mean someone who can’t walk or can’t talk because even he/she isn’t really disabled. The way an environment is built, treats, and sets laws and regulations is what actually causes one to be disabled. Douglas mentions several minority groups such as African Americans and how they were kept and treated as slaves rather human beings. They were disabled, not because of a physical or mental issue, but because of how the majority viewed their skin color and the set of rules and laws that were put in place to prevent them from any freedom and rights.
That article brings me back to Trump’s victory. With his victory, and with the people he has selected to support him through out his presidential journey, it is easy to predict that there will be many issues that will occur and will, one way or another, disable many minority groups. A perfect example can be Trump’s selection of Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Jeff Session has a long track record of being racist and opposing the LGBT community. Jeff Sessions has been known to call NAACP “un-American” and was also against the Defense of Marriage Act in 2011. With this track record, one can only imagine the possible issues that are yet to occur.
Going back to Trump, he has made statements on banning Muslims from entering the United States and deporting millions of illegal immigrants. With these views many have been disabled not physically, yet, but emotionally. From his obnoxious statements and views, people are living in constant fear of possibly being separated from their families and/or not being able to practice their religion. Every year millions of Muslims travel overseas to perform Hajj and if Trump enforces some traveling restrictions on Muslims, then it can possibly disable them from performing the Hajj. Also if Trump decides to gather up and deport tax paying, non-criminal, law abiding illegal immigrants then that can possibly disable them from being with their loved ones and lose everything they have. Overall, America has had a hidden history of disabling and treating, variety of minority groups, unequally. For a bit it seemed as though we were slowly progressing and breaking those barriers that cause us to be disabled. But now it seems like we may face another setback in making America great again.