Eleven Year Old Granddaughter Asks about Donald Trump

Her mom’s reply: My 11 year old asked me why people (Donald Trump) were saying we should deport all immigrants, Hispanic and Muslim, why he wanted to start a database or have people wear numbers, why he thinks we should close our borders to an entire race/culture, why he said such angry and ugly words about people. She said ‘a lot of my friends wear scarves on their heads. They are not bad people, they are nice and my friends’. I have tried to explain to her what’s going on. I have told her both sides. That bad people have done horrific things in the name of a perverted view of a religion. That those things keep on happening all over the world. She has seen some of the news coverage about it. She, in her 11 year old head, is trying to understand something none of us will ever understand. She also immediately understood something I think all of us should.
Let’s step back for a moment everyone. Step back and truly listen to what’s being said right now. Hate is rampant and being applauded. This has all gone too far. Do we not remember the holocaust? What’s happening in our country right now, is the beginning. Yes, there are people (monsters) who pervert a religion to justify killing innocents as there always have been. This is not new, nor is it confined to a disgusting perversion of the Muslim faith. Yes, we DO need to do something about it. No, we don’t need to incite fear and hatred.
My 11 year old understands this. Why can’t adults? After I explained, as impartially as possible, which I will admit was difficult for me, why Trump (and others) were saying the things that they are, she looked at me and in all her 11 year old wisdom asked quietly ‘isn’t that what Hitler did?’ She, as a babe, understands the ramification of what is being said. She has little 11 year old friends who are scared because they wear a headscarf or go to the mosque. She sees their fear and hurts for them. Isn’t about time we, as adults, took a page from her book of wisdom and say ‘this is enough! We will defend the innocent, but we will not do it by punishing the innocent!’
My heart hurts and my brain is tired. Please stop this hate. Stop applauding it and spreading it. Stop before it’s too late to bring this freight train of bigotry and racism to a halt.

About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on December 8, 2015, in B4Peace, Ethics, evolution, fear, fear for the future, historical perspective, Jesus, Love, Political, Suffering and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. She is wiser than Trump, which doesn’t, of course, say much. He’s lost the Muslim vote, and that of anyone else with any sense


  2. Amen, amen, and amen!


  3. your eleven year old granddaughter asked “isn’t that what Hitler did”? that’s amazing.


  4. A fine offering, Eileen

    Bless You!



  5. I am not a Muslim, but if I had a vote, I would rather toss it into the depths of the ocean than hand it to Mr Trump. His comments are vile!


  6. I applaud every word Eileen. If only we could all hang onto the childlike innocence of your granddaughter instead of changing as adults to bigots and haters, the world might for once see peace.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  7. Yep. Journalists on NPR have expressed great concern over the resurgence of White Supremacy via Trump.


  8. You have served your granddaughter well. Unfortunately, the reasons why people don’t understand what an 11 year old understands is a malignancy that has spread across the nation. Scapegoating as Hitler did to Jews, Poles, Blacks and others is a manipulative tool and the outcome can quickly become another Holocaust. I know that you understand and your granddaughter as well. However, if you examine the dumbing-down that has gone on in education for decades you will have one of the answers. There is much more than I would presume to tackle in this space.
    Imagine being here and trying to explain America and Americans to the French, the Dutch, The Spanish and the others living in my village! For you and your granddaughter, bonne courage!


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