رسالة من بروفيسور عربي في جامعة امريكية .. عن الانتخابات الرئاسية الامريكية
October 18 2016 09:53
To Whom It May Concern,
Attached is an article that I wrote about the US election. I hope that you can publish it for me
My name is Jamil AL Wekhian, a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia
Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you
A message to American women, in particular to Trump’s supporters:
In this country, women had fought for decades to reach and gain their current status. Unfortunately, it was not given for them very easy, in fact, they had struggled to achieve it.
You know that, in 1769, women were not able to own property, until the 1900 women became eligible to own property. You know that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and hundreds of women activists, had fought very hard for her coming generations to gender equality? You know that the adaption of Equal Pay Act was in 1963? You know that Susan B. Anthony, a women right activist, casted her vote in 1872, just to guarantee women the right to vote and she was arrested and convicted of unlawful voting? You know that in 1874 the Supreme Court decided it is constitutional that Missouri law limiting the right to vote only for men? You know it was until 1920 the 19th amendment, which allows women to vote, was recognized? You know that it was until 1920 your ancestors, women activists, who were concerned about the future of the coming women generations started to educate women about the right to vote and how to practice it? You know that it was until 1960 when JFK brought the discrimination against women issue to the table, and he appointed Eleanor Roosevelt, because women had been subject of extreme inequality in the workplace? You know that discrimination based on sex and race, too, existed 1965? You know that it was until 1973 women could be drafted in the U.S. military?
With hard work, determination, and resilience, women have paved their way up with achievements, leaving the dark ages of inequality driving the train toward the bright side of this life. So many men stood on their way tried to reduce their speed or divert the train, yet they insisted to keep going.
Given this history, women have proven that they are capable of running a competitive, demanding jobs as men, and sometimes much better. They demonstrate excellence even in physical jobs, which was thought only meant for muscles.
Ironically, a sexist, xenophobe, misogynist, and the list goes on and on, is a white House Hopeful. He has been insulting his way to presidency normalizing the culture of rape and the culture of fear, calling women very crude things, I will mention some of them:
1. His former wife: “I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?”
2. Said about Carly Fiorina: “no one would vote for her because of here face, commenting on her physical appearance.
3. Said, "You know, it doesn't really matter what [they] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
4. Said, "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."
5. According to ABC News, Trump said: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” Who later said it was a joke
6. When he tweeted “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her satisfy America”
7. Called Megyn Kelly "bimbo."
8. The tape that was leaked and said, “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it…….”
9. And multiple allegations of sexual assault just came out accusing Trump of sexually harassing them.
After all of that, his spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, said on Fox News: “I really don’t think this is going to be a problem. A lot of those statements what Mr. Trump made as a television character, so I don’t think that some of that is going to stick.” What struck me is that although Trump has said so many crude things about women, yet there are some women not only vote for him, but also defend him.
Do they really understand the slogan “make America Great Again”? Do you really want to go back to where you were? Is this your rationality?
After a battle of approximately 100 years women had fought to win the right to vote, and now you want to waste your vote to Trump? Are you serious? It truly saddens me to see that even a single woman still wants to cast her vote for Trump.
I was wondering if Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were still among us, what their opinion would be?
You know what? As an American Immigrant came from a masculine culture- as you call it- I hoped that we say our “founding fathers and mothers” when we speak about the people who drafted this country’s constitution, also, I see this guy does not fit into the American values.
Jamil Al Wekhian