In the previous article, we stated that “Christian Zionism,” “white supremacism” and “Catholic conservatism” met on a “Trumpist” line. This meeting is worrying for the Latin American “Hispanics” and “black Americans.” Trump’s promise of strict immigration policies during the presidential campaign in 2016 deepened these worries. The increasing population of American citizens, who are of Latin American, African, and Asian origin and mostly vote for the Democrats, was weakening the traditional American identity, according to the white American conservatives who mostly constitute the party alignments of the Republicans. The politics in the U.S. is stuck between these two sides. After Trump’s election, this dilemma brought the American society on the verge of a division. This rift also triggered the “culture wars” between the two sides.
Jews are also on one of the sides of this division in the U.S. Seventy percent of American Jews vote for Democrats. One hundred and forty-six workers died in a Shirtwaist factory fire in New York in 1911. The victims were newly-migrated Jewish women who were between the ages of 16 and 23. Around that time, there were discussions regarding the policies to limit the number of immigrants, especially the Jews. After the fire, New York City witnessed wide-scale demonstrations. Democrats’ leading role in the movements to defend the rights of immigrant workers affected the political preferences of the Jews. The reactions resulted in the victory of the Democrats in the next elections. The fire was one of the most important reasons the Jews supported the Democrats. Trump being declared as the “the most pro-Israel president there ever was” did not change this reality too much. The “1911-Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” is still one of the most important symbols both for Jews and for the American workers’ movement.
The support given to Trump by white supremacist groups has even worried mainstream Republicans. The incidents in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, which brought the racist and anti-racist groups face to face, increased these worries. A woman named Heather Heyer lost her life after a white supremacist fanatic plowed into the crowd with his car. Trump’s statement which treated both sides equally got strong reactions, even within his own cabinet. For instance, when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asked about Trump’s statements, he said: “The president speaks for himself.” Although Trump tried to correct his mistake by criticizing racism, he did not lose the votes of the far-right groups.
The fact that the person who was responsible for the pipe bombs sent to the Democrats and figures critical of the president was a Republican fanatic who supports Trump poisoned the air even more. On top of that, an anti-Semitist white American killed 11 people after attacking a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The synagogue attack has become the hottest topic in the U.S. and world media. Another attack conducted within the same week, however, went unnoticed. As far as I know, it was not mentioned even once in our media as well.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, a white American fanatic, attempted to attack a church in the Jeffersontown county of Kentucky, where “black Americans” attend regularly. The staff of the church locked the doors and prevented the attacker from coming inside. This time, the attacker opened fire at black people who were shopping at a supermarket. In the attack, Maurice Stallard lost his life at the age of 69. Afterward, the attacker also killed a 67-year-old black woman, whom he ran into at the parking lot of the supermarket. Pipe bombs… Jeffersontown…Pittsburgh… All of this happened within 72 hours. It does not seem possible to say that these incidents which occurred two weeks before the elections in November are unrelated.