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Thursday, June 09, 2016

 
Playground Bully for president

by digby

























Here's more of awful evidence that Trump is having a pernicious influence on the nation's kids.  It's very depressing:

Tracey Iglehart, a teacher at Rosa Parks elementary school in Berkeley, California, did not expect Donald Trump to show up on the playground.

This was, after all, a school named after a civil rights hero in a progressive California enclave, with a melting pot of white, African American, Latino and Muslim students.

That has not stopped some children from channeling and adopting the Republican presumptive nominee’s xenophobic rhetoric in playground spats and classroom exchanges.

“They said things like ‘you’ll get deported’, ‘you weren’t born here’ and ‘you were born in a Taco Bell’,” said Iglehart, 49. “They may not know exactly what it means, but they know it’s powerful language.”

Hearing it in Rosa Parks elementary, of all places, came as a shock. “Berkeley is not an area where there are Trump supporters. This is not the land of Trump.”

Yet the spirit of the GOP presidential candidate has surfaced here and, according to one study, in schools across the country.

An online survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center found toxic political rhetoric invading elementary, middle and high schools, emboldening children to make racist taunts that leave others bewildered and anxious.

“We mapped it out. There was no state or region that jumped out. It was everywhere,” said Maureen Costello, the study’s author. “Marginalized students are feeling very frightened, especially Muslims and Mexicans. Many teachers use the word terrified.” The children who did the taunting were echoing Trump’s rhetoric, she said. “Bad behavior has been normalized. They think it’s OK.”

More than two-thirds of the teachers in the survey reported that students – especially immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed worries about what might happen to them or their families after the November election. More than half reported an increase in uncivil political discourse, and more than a third observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.
They reported kids bringing their birth certificates to school because they're afraid of being hauled off an deported because kids are taunting them. One kindergartner believes he's going to be deported and trapped behind a wall.
At a basketball game in Iowa, students from Dallas Center-Grimes chanted “Trump, Trump, Trump” at Perry high school, which is nearly half Latino.

“It’s a hate word,” said Joe Enriquez Henry, Iowa chapter president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “Those in the white community with a racist slant are now jumping on the bandwagon using the name Trump and the phrase Make America Great Again to tell people of color, especially Latinos, you are not welcome here.”

Salvatore Callesano, a graduate student in Hispanic linguistics at the University of Texas, said such rhetoric transmitted coded messages. “The phrase ‘build the wall’ indexes Donald Trump and his ideology. It’s been repeated so much it has been picked up by the kids. It’s a covert way of being anti-Hispanic. The people who use it are highly aware of what it means.”
If you watch a Trump rally you see a ritual of them chanting "build that wall!" and when Trump says "who's going to pay for it?" they all yell back "Mexico!" Every rally. They are rapturous.

This observation strikes me as very astute:
A father of four children in the Palisades, a wealthy neighborhood in west Los Angeles, was taken aback when he accompanied his 12-year-old son on a camping trip with scouts. “They were all supporting Trump, saying he was great, repeating his lines.” The father, who asked not to be named, inferred rebellion, not racism. “I think they did it to annoy the parents.”

Costello, the survey author, said Trump seemed a perfect candidate for seventh-grade boys. “They like his loudness, rudeness and brashness..

Phillip Carter, who researches sociolinguistics at Florida International University, and has a chapter on Trump and Hillary Clinton in a forthcoming book, said Trump’s iconoclasm, New York accent and inappropriate language could seem rebellious to white, monolingual boys.
I think that describes the average Trump voter quite well. They have the temperament of seventh-grade boys.

And yes, the kids are getting it from their parents. Millions of them.
According to Carter, the children who repeat the real estate mogul’s taunts tend to be from families and communities that share and mediate such sentiments. “Trumpism is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a much larger problem beneath.”
This is just creepy. And it's going to get worse. President Obama is going to be on the trail and yet another level of disgusting rhetoric is going to bubble up.


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