The Color of Carnage in Trump’s America

By Shivam Dave

The concept of representation, the idea that you can be just like someone because that someone looks like you or speaks like you or grew up like you holds importance in American politics, particularly because they have so long been dominated by individuals who do not look or speak or grow up like me. But in the era of Donald Trump, representation looks like Srinivas Kuchibotla.

You see, in Donald Trump’s America, looking like me marks you as a target. It means you don’t belong. It means not only that you get gunned down in middle America just a month after Trump’s inauguration, but that the last words you hear are “get out of my country,” echoing the anti-immigrant rhetoric that Trump rode to office. It means that your widow not only has to cope with your loss, but has to then face the prospect of deportation. It means being the first casualty of a hateful presidency that would go on to be characterized by the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands more.

The Trump presidency has been deadly. This is especially so for minority communities. Starting with Kuchibotla’s murder, the past three and a half years have been punctuated by explosions of racist violence where Donald Trump’s words acted as fuel. After weeks of Trump demonizing Central American refugees for the sake of a few votes in the 2018 midterms, a gunman murdered 11 Jewish congregants in Pittsburgh. The shooter echoed Trump’s rhetoric, claimed Jews were aiding the Central American “invaders,