I drew this comic illustration on the cover of the New York Times Magazine after watching a video of Alt-Right supporters in the US vigorously hailing Trump in genuine Nazi style on Youtube after the US Election. White Nationalism is on the rise globally and has just been given a strong voice in the incoming US Government with Donald Trump’s new cabinet member Steve Bannon. Hate fuelled graffiti towards anyone who is not white, straight, Christian and male is desecrating buildings and cars and houses across the United States, hate crimes have spiked around the world, women are being violently abused and killed and mutilated more than ever in places like the UK, Germany,Turkey and elsewhere, and it’s next to impossible to find out if the man who kicked an unsuspecting German woman down stairs in Berlin was a migrant or not. The “Patriotic” sites would have you believe he was, and the major news outlets are not reporting details. Sound familiar?
It is an ugly, ugly time to be sure, and yet there is hope because free thinking people are gathering, artists and activists are organizing, inclusive communities are being forged and encouraged, veterans are supporting Native American Tribes to save the environment from industrial destruction, and on January 21st women and their allies in the thousands will march on Washington, D.C. against Trump and his hateful cabinet screaming “Not my president! We will not live with disgusting and offensive hate-filled voices and organizations that incite violence! We will not have our freedoms curbed by religious and institutional rhetoric that limit our equal participation in society, and we will not stand by and watch corporations destroy our earth for profit! It is the time to galvanize the public into action, to work together, to respect and protect each other, our rights, our environment and our democracies!”
This Christmas, I call on White Nationalists to read the Ten Commandments one more time and reflect on what “Though shalt not bare false witness against thy neighbour” means. If you need help, it is actually saying “love thy neighbour.” Here is another biblical verse to help you:
There are six things that the LORD strongly dislikes, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
— Proverbs 6:16–19
Merry Christmas and Goodwill Towards All!
Niki Singleton is a Canadian drawer, painter, and found material sculptor based in Brooklyn. Visit her website to learn more.