By Will Bunch, STAFF COLUMNIST @will_bunch | email@example.com |
It’s kind of a cliché to say that sometimes you can see a disaster coming from miles and miles away. But that was the reality with Hurricane Maria last month, when the National Hurricane Center issued 17 consecutive forecasts that the deadly major hurricane was going to make a direct hit on the densely populated island of Puerto Rico and the 3.4 million American citizens who live there.
In the days before Maria’s landfall on Sept. 20, the anxiety was palpable — not just from the storm but over the question of whether Trump would marshal the massive response the hurricane would require, when the island’s residents are primarily black and brown, and when they can’t cast a single ballot in the 2020 election. It didn’t seem possible, but the White House response — both logistically and morally — to the growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been even worse than many of us dared to imagine. And it’s been fueled by something else that America saw coming from miles and miles away, from that day in June 2015 when the short-fingered vulgarian descended an escalator in Trump Tower to announce his divisive candidacy — and that is the racism of Donald Trump.
Source: The Inquirer