Humans of New York is my favorite Facebook page. A real go-to. A vending machine spreading humanity like no other on social media.
It’s the room of the people. That room where everybody gets in. From the same door.
It does not matter who you are. You can be either rich or poor. You can be of any color. Or gender. You can be yourself and share your story. Free from any socio-cultural profiling. Yet loaded of all these profiles. But it does not matter. There is you, your story and your world, all interacting with history and the worlds of others.
Brandon Stanton, the photographer and blogger behind this page, mostly sharing the lives of New Yorkers, yesterday wrote an open letter to Donald Trump and published it on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
I had been waiting for this from him for so long. Trump is pissing everybody off. All around the world. He pisses out of the pot, everyday. Stanton’s act is an endorsement to democracy and civil rights. In favour of those who do not want to go back. In favor of the ALL OF US.
Indeed Trump is showing one side of America we did not really know about. It is also true that many have known about it for so long. From very long.
Anyway… the best part is when Brandon talks about his initial choice of not taking a political stance: “I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one”
Here is the complete text:
I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.
I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies.
I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.
Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.
Here you can find the original text, shared to now [12:50 pm] 906.254 times.
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