Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer
Hate in the United States is not a new thing. However, now with presidential candidate Donald Trump, hate is rising rapidly.
Director Catherine Tambini and Univision reporter Jorge Ramos have teamed up to shed light on the beliefs and ideologies of white supremacists around the nation and how stigmas like these lead to all the hate crimes we have had recently against minorities in their new documentary Hate Rising.
Since the birth of our nation, hate has been well and alive. Not only in our country but around the world: the enslavement of African Americans, the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, the Armenian and Jewish genocides in the 1900s, and the list goes on. Now in 2016, hate and rage are seen against African Americans and homosexuals all over the country.
“…something that I’ve learned as a father is that children listen to absolutely everything. They know everything. So we think that these eight-year-olds are not feeling the racism? They are the first ones suffering from it.” – Jorge Ramos @jorgeramosnews
In this documentary, Jorge Ramos met with and interviewed members of various radical groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan and other White supremacist groups. He also interviewed people who have been victims of hate crimes and brings their story to the public’s eye.
When I asked Mr. Ramos if he believed there was a connection to the oppression in Cuba (under the Castros) to the oppression we see in the United States and the hatred that Donald Trump is emitting within the community, he responded by explaining the so-called “Trump effect” and how it is affecting children.
“Did you see those kids? It is not only us…something that I’ve learned as a father is that children listen to absolutely everything. They know everything. So we think that these eight-year-olds are not feeling the racism? They are the first ones suffering from it. And for them, politics is personal. The fact that they are following the election is not because they care about who’s gonna be the next president. [It’s] because they think that if somebody wins, their parents might get deported and they might be separated,” he said.
“For me, that scene with the kids was one of the most difficult ones because the so-called “Trump effect” is being felt by them every single day, and they’re waiting for November 8th to see what happens.”
This documentary takes a look at White supremacists, like American White Nationalist Jared Taylor and Donald Trump, as they explain their belief to exclude certain people from this country.
In the documentary, Ramos repeatedly says “This is our country” to see what kind of responses he would get from the people he interviewed. He believes everyone has the right to decide what happens in this country because “it is our country” and it should not be controlled by one specific group.
Jorge Ramos has been in this country for 33 years and has never felt as much hate and discrimination as he did when Donald Trump ejected him from a press conference. But it wasn’t necessarily the ejection that bothered him, it was what happened afterward.
One of Trump’s followers told Ramos to “get out of my country” in addition to another Trump follower not wanting to touch him. For Ramos, that was racism and direct discrimination.
Words matter. The message Tambini and Ramos are trying to send across is that “[Trump] has allowed other people to come out and say racist things, things that weren’t politically correct in the past and that now seems to be the norm,” said Ramos.
But why is hate such a big dilemma after so many years of fighting for equality and fighting for human rights? Tambini believes that it is because “we’re in a place where the hate is being passed down, generation to generation, and it has to stop somewhere. It’s a bad cycle that we’re in and hopefully, we will be pulling ourselves out of it shortly.”
She also hopes that the healing process will begin after the November 8th elections.
“Hate Rising” airs Sunday, October 23rd at 10p.m. in English on Fusion and in Spanish on Univision.