Jorge Ramos Stares Hate in the Face on his Documentary "Hate Rising"
Jorge Ramos traveled the country to interview Neo-Nazis, hate groups and KKK members for his documentary, "Hate Rising" that aired on Univision/Fusion (both in English and Spanish). When Donald Trump decided to run for President he did so by blaming immigrants for all of United States' problems. He called Mexicans, in specific, criminals and rapists. He also created the slogan, "Make America Great Again" that many interpret it as "Make America White Again." This rhetoric isn't only offensive, but also dangerous. Ramos tells The Daily Beast, "I think hate is contagious," which prompted him to do the documentary. He follows:
I was checking the numbers for the Southern Poverty Law Center and from 2014 to 2015, the number of chapters of organizations affiliated with the KKK grew from 72 to 190. And that’s really concerning. Last year, 20 people were killed by supremacist groups. Last year, 63 mosques were attacked. So clearly something is going on in the country. And I think that what’s happening is that hate groups and neo-Nazis and white supremacists used to live only on the internet; they used to have secret gatherings. That’s not the case anymore. They’re out in the open. They feel emboldened by the rhetoric of Donald Trump. It’s like he has given them permission to speak.
In the film, Ramos interviews an Imperial Wizard of the KKK from Texas who refuses to shake his hand as he feels because he's white, he is superior to a Latino. Ramos travels to Ohio, and meets with white supremacists there who allow him to attend one of their meetings where they gave the Nazi salute and shouted, "White Power!" as they burned a swastika. Ramos was given special instructions, he wasn't allowed to speak. Ramos admits that throughout the interviews he feared for his safety as he was being hated not for anything he's done, but just for who he is. Ramos goes on to reveal the damage Trump has caused. Many are absorbing Trump's hateful speech. Some are "emboldened" by it as Ramos says, and in others it is instilling absolute fear, especially children.
Ramos refers to this as "The Trump effect". Make sure to watch it and let us know your thoughts.