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Op-Ed: Why I Hung a “NO TRUMP” Sign on Interstate 10

Last Friday, a fellow activist and I hung two giant signs off of an I10 overpass in downtown El Paso. The signs read “NO TRUMP” and “NO KKK, NO FASCIST USA”.

The signs hung for about two hours before they were removed and received no news coverage from any major news station in El Paso. With that said, I decided it was my moral duty to write about what lead to our decision to hang these messages on the freeway.

As an activist, I have felt a sort of moral obligation to use my voice and different outlets in an attempt to give voice to those who don’t have one. As a Latinx university student working on my sociology degree, I have been granted many opportunities that so many others could only dream of having.

I recently spent a couple of months living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where I got to see first-hand who these people, that Donald Trump so openly puts down, really are. I got to live in the country that “sends over their criminals, rapists, and drug dealers” and attempt to understand what exactly it was about these people that offended Donald Trump so much.

My search for answers left me with more questions. In my experience, I learned that, like most Americans, Juarenses simply wanted a better life for themselves and their families.

Upon moving back to El Paso, it seems that the political climate of our country is reaching a state of unrest and division of monumental proportions.

As I settled back into life back in the states, I realized how indifferent so many people were about life outside of their own comfort zones. So many just shrugged off the cruel events across the country because it was more comfortable to ignore the reality of what our country had become.

After the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville – and I use the words white supremacy because I refuse to tip-toe around this term like many others – the ‘alt right’ doesn’t exist.  Using a different word for white supremacists and Neo-Nazis doesn’t make them any less of these things.

In any event, after Charlottesville, I expected uproar. Especially in a border city where the vast majority of people here are Hispanic; instead, I was greeted by a crippling silence from the masses in El Paso.

I didn’t understand how people were so indifferent and unaffected, and then I suddenly came to a realization.

Because the majority here is Hispanic, people are lucky enough to live in a sort of Utopian state of delusion where they believe that racism doesn’t exist here because here, there are no white cops shooting down little black and brown boys. There are no KKK rallies or neo-Nazis waving Nazi flags in your face.

And because this discomfort does not exist here, people shut their eyes to the reality that our brothers outside of this city face. But that? That is racism. That is the very foundation that systematic racism stands on and the very foundation that allows these problems to continue existing.

Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Justice only exists if it exists for us ALL.

On Friday, a fellow activist and I hung those signs on I10 to remind El Paso that we too must continue to resist. We must stand with those victims that got run over in Charlottesville. We must reject this idea that naming streets after Confederate soldiers is a part of history to be proud of.

We must reject the idea that Nazis and KKK members deserve rights in this country. And lastly, we must reject the idea that what’s happening in this country right now is normal. RESIST ideologies of hate and the perpetuation of racism and white supremacy.

Continue resisting El Paso.

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Guest Contributor: Chandelier Kahlo

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10 comments

  1. We all need to fight Trump every step of the way. Thanks for taking a courageous stand.

  2. DUMP TRUMP! IMPEACH TRUMP NOW! that fascist racist Neo Nazi White Nationalist Donald Trump! he is now threatening to shut down the government if congress won’t give him money to fund his racist border wall.

    • Alberto, first of all, there are no grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. Second, the wall isn’t racist, it’s an inanimate object that is incapable of being racist. But it IS a barrier intended to protect our borders which is something we desperately need to have done.

      • You have to realize that Alberto, also goes by High420Lonesome, Rocket and many others. He trolls the other news sites like KVIA to insult and make obscene remarks, so I classify him in the same category as this author, a radical leftist.

        • First of all, Mike Towne AKA MADMIKE272 is a racist anti Mexican American, White Nationalist Neo Nazi troll of the KVIA forum threads!
          Here on the El Paso Herald Post he post as, Mikey! sound’s childish don’t it? This is one of the basket of deplorables that Fort Bliss brought to El Paso from elsewhere and he has decided to call El Paso home! my guess is free Army perks!
          He also likes to make threats to any person that votes democrat.
          he and his buddies bash congressman Beto O’Rourke and county Judge Veronica Escobar, this guy has many other followers on the KVIA forum commenting blog! I call them cyber bullies or Richard Spencer wannabes. He knows that I like to post comments on the El Paso Herald Post so he knows where to find me!
          Oh I’m so scared of mikey! is it cold outside? should I wear a coat?
          Those reading these comments to go over to the KVIA forum and you’ll see what I’m talking about! The commenters there are like confederate treasonous traitors! they cry about the confederate statues been taken down throughout the country.
          They cry about changing the street name of Robert E. Lee to something else, and they also cry about changing the EPISD, Robert E. Lee school to something else.
          These hater rebels really don’t belong here in El Paso!

      • Skydiverr! did you forget to open your parachute? just because you say that there are no grounds to impeach Donald Trump! First:you are in the 34% minority category that support Trump! Over 60% of Americans have had enough with the Obstructionist Donald Trump! YES! it is about prime time to IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP! Robert Mueller is in HOT PURSUIT! and Donald Trump is crying to Mitch McConnell to protect him from his Russian scandal.
        Second: The border wall is RACIST! probably not to you since you might be a white person! Mexico does not pose a danger to the United States,considering the lands that the US took away from it.
        And over 60% of decent Americans oppose Donald Trump’s border wall! is that why Trump is threatening to shut down the Government?
        If congress won’t give him funding to build it! Another Trump Pathological Lie! WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL? NOT MEXICO! You are Skydiverr . Just you wait and see when he starts a huge war to deflect and try to hide from his Russian scandal!

        • Are you done with your psychotic and meaningless rant? Are you off your meds again?

          • You are the one that is PSYCHO Mickey! Mad Mike 272 is what you call yourself on the KVIA Forum Blog. You should seek mental therapy and stop using illicit drugs like crack,opioids,meth and xanax.
            That’s what’s making you become a Neo Nazi White Nationalist Supremacist since you feel that Donald Trump has your back!

  3. 1st Amendment Rights for All

    While I abhore the rhetoric of the neo-nazis. The question is who decides whose voice we stifle. Who decides what opinions we are allowed to have? Who decides who gets their rights taken away. I fought and bled, I lost friends defending ALL Americans rights to believe what they want, to say what they want to. Just because we don’t like what they have to say doesn’t mean theydon’t have the right to say it. You have a right to say what you want, to peacefully counter demonstrate, remove yourself from their presence. If we start taking away others rights today it may be our rights that are being removed tomorrow.

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