I’m going to keep spotlighting these kinds of stories, because of all the things I don’t want “normalized” by the Trump Administration, the ability to disrupt communities in order to remove people of color from our midst is pretty high on the list.
I don’t know a better way to describe the deportation of Al Adi Othman, a longtime businessman in Youngstown, Ohio.
You know who thought Othman was worthy of staying? Congress, which for years passed “private bills” keeping him off-limits to deportation. But times have changed.
“The Flight 93 Election,” the Trumpist manifesto, rails against “the ceaseless importation of Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in liberty.” The suggestion? We shouldn’t allow in folks who aren’t committed to the “American idea.”
Othman’s deportation shows that ideal to be a lie, and suggests again — as if we didn’t know already — that color is the big issue here. He was an employer in a community with a desperate need for jobs. There’s no suggestion that he was anything other than a leading light in his community. He was American in the sense that usually matters most to Republicans: He was a business owner.
The needs of the community, however, are outweighed by Trumpist disgust for outsiders. And so we all suffer a little more. Needlessly.