A note for my fellow New Mexicans

Cloud fluff captured by yours truly. DJT could never.

Our Health

Some may brush off his insolent remarks as nothing but words, claiming that they vote not for what the man tweets but for how he governs. If that’s the case, however, why vote for a president whose governance has only exacerbated a pandemic that has killed over 230,000 Americans? That’s a death toll greater than any other nation’s and it’s more than one-fifth of the global total, despite us accounting for just 4% of the world’s population. With each passing day since the start of this pandemic, it’s become clearer and clearer that Trump’s willful negligence has caused far too many New Mexicans to say goodbye to their loved ones for reasons entirely avoidable.

Our Land

Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic isn’t the only time that Trump has chosen to deny science at our expense. For years, as the world’s temperature has been steadily rising, thousands of farmers — many of whom hail from our very own state — have borne the brunt of climate change. Despite the hotter summers, less predictable winters, and greater scarcity of water that have all severely disrupted crop yield for farmers, Trump and his administration have continued their assault on our climate by dismantling policies put in place to curb greenhouse gas emissions, weakening rules limiting pollution, diminishing the role of science at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and flatout denying the very real existence of climate change.

The difference 11 years can make: Elephant Butte’s reservoir at an all-time low

Our People

But sadly, Trump’s disregard for our Indigenous population comes as no surprise. If the man has been consistent about anything, it’s been his racist rhetoric, ideology, and policies from Day One. It’s no coincidence that — by embracing birtherism, referring to African nations as “shithole countries,” telling congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from, and emboldening white supremacists — Trump’s normalization of this pugnacious behavior on a national stage has resulted in hate-crime violence that has reached a 16-year-high since he first took office. We’ve experienced the effects of this firsthand in our very own state, with increased rates of police brutality targeting people of color, greater violence against Latinx communities, and more acts of aggression towards immigrants.

Credit: Santa Fe New Mexican

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Zainab Feroze

Zainab Feroze

Deeply passionate about Democratic politics and sesame-flavored anything