Reader Worries About Long-Term Influence

To The Reader’s Forum:

Donald Trump has awakened the sleeping monster of racial, ethnic and religious hatred by appealing to the prejudices of ignorant people. Research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that over the last year the number of organized hate groups in our country increased to near-historic levels. The increase parallels the political rise of Trump. He has covertly encouraged a bigoted minority of Americans to express publicly what they previously had spoken only in private. However, what I worry about most is not Trump, but the long-term influence of those of his followers who condone, without criticism, his demagoguery. I worry that, in the future, they might support a dictatorship during a time of crisis.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Victor

Sociology Department, JCC, retired