America’s Deplorables vs India’s Untouchables

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by Temerity Forthright

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a group of her supporters recently that “half” of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s supporters are “irredeemable” and “not America.” She said they fit into a basket of what she called “deplorables” that include “racists, sexists, xenophobes, homophobes, and Islamophobes.”

These comments were made after she had already told another group of her supporters that all of Trump’s supporters could be put into “two big baskets.” Some of the attendees at this Clinton fundraiser paid $50,000 to hear her speak.

In a bizarre non-apology, Hillary Clinton said she regretted saying “half.” She did not indicate what percentage of the deplorables she would actually put in the basket.

This reminded me of India’s “untouchables.” These are people who are born into the lowest level of India’s social caste system. People of India’s higher castes refuse to “touch” anything that comes in contact with the Dalits, or untouchables.

An estimated 167 million of India’s people are discriminated against for being untouchables. Despite this discrimination being outlawed by Article 17 of India’s Constitution in 1949, the wide-spread practice of committing violent acts and perpetuating social ostracism against the Dalits continues.

Article 17 reads, “Untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden. The enforcement of any disability arising out of Untouchability shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law.” India’s Parliament strengthened Article 17 several times over the last six decades, but the problem remains because the social caste system remains.

This is similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent pieces of civil rights legislation. Although discrimination has been outlawed in the United States, and incredible gains have been made, the practice continues within some segments of American society.

Then in 2016, we took a giant step backward. In a matter of minutes, Hillary relegated “half” of Americans, roughly 167 million people (the same number of India’s Dalits), into a lower social caste by labeling them as deplorables, or as it were, untouchables.

It seems Hillary has placed herself in the upper caste, along with her powerful politicians, influential lobbyists, wealthy donors, and snobbish supporters. She wants nothing to do with the deplorable American voters, and is prepared to ostracize them as social outcasts.

I find that deplorable!

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