Hump Day: Metro school knows all about compassion, unlike Mr. Trump

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By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Moncton Times & Transcript

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments aimed at Mexicans struck a nerve with many. He went up in the early polls, so it’s quite obvious that a large number of Republican voters liked his vile comments.

But he also lost on a number of fronts, including being let go as host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. The Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant, which was to be aired shortly after his comments were made, was pretty much only available online after broadcast networks then backed out of deals to air the event.

“When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best… They are sending people that have lots of problems,” he said.

“They are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists, and some are good people, and I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.”

It’s always easy to criticize people who are different from us, isn’t it? There’s a certain comfort in being among people of your own kind – the same race, religion, nationality, gender, sexuality or what have you. But always being with the same people can also limit your beliefs and experiences, creating a major case of narrow mindedness.

Donald Trump. (Photo credit:  Gage Skidmore.)
Donald Trump (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Wealthy people who have more money than they’ll ever be able to spend seem to come in two types. The first is the person who takes their wealth as a responsibility and a tool for doing good through supporting charities, the arts or other causes to benefit society. Others tend to just stop caring what others think (not necessarily a bad thing) but also stop caring how their words affect others. Besides, they’re rich, right? What are you doing to do, fire them? Well, like shown with Mr. Trump, even that doesn’t do much good. It’s wealth gone wrong, as far as I’m concerned.

As you can tell, I’m not a fan of Mr. Trump, however I have to admit I did enjoy the Celebrity Apprentice television series and its predecessor, The Apprentice, for the business aspects of the two related series which featured contestants competing to win the season by working on a number of business-related challenges each week and staying out of Mr. Trump’s line of fire. No one wanted to hear, “You’re fired!”

For the rest of us, however, we can’t just run around mouthing off at everyone we want to. We can’t risk being booted out of our jobs for saying anything and everything. I think that’s a very good thing! A little bit of self-restraint never hurt anyone.

Many people say we’re all too politically correct these days. Obviously, Mr. Trump’s rise in the early Republican polls show that his bluntness is hitting a chord with many voters. But at what cost? Insulting whole groups of people? Giving intolerant people a reason to stand up and cheer? Can you imagine if he becomes president? If he continues to do what he’s doing now, he’ll definitely be putting anyone who’s not white, English and born on American soil on notice.

A few months ago, someone on Facebook went on a rant against transgender-friendly bathrooms in schools in the U.S. They loudly proclaimed that they’d ‘had enough’ and that ‘things were going too far’ (I’m paraphrasing). I wondered what possible concern could it be to that person – an upper middle-class white adult with a nice family and no financial problems? Why should they care? The only answer I could come up with was one ugly word: prejudice.

École l’Odyssée, a high school in Moncton, recently announced that it was putting aside bathrooms for transgendered students. I thought this was great. Some may scream ‘political correctness’ over the issue, but I just call it having a bit of human compassion for others. The kids at the school don’t seem to care. Why should you?

When I hear people saying political correctness has gone too far, I often wonder if they’re really more worried about blurting out their own prejudices when things touch on something that really irks them. Each one of us is a member of some minority group. You just never know when political correctness is going to show you a bit of badly needed compassion. If you want less political correctness, be careful what you wish for!

Donald Trump gives wealthy people a bad name. He seems like someone who’d cheer for Mr. Potter to close down Bailey Savings and Loan in the iconic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. A bit of political correctness would do his soul some good – if he has one.

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