The Berlin Wall separated Western and Eastern Germany until its demise on the 9th of November 1989. The wall was erected in 1961 and was seen as a true symbolisation of hate and intimidation. Around 139 people lost their lives attempting to cross it and fight the suppression that it represented. The 9th of November 1989 was a joyous day for the people of West Berlin when the wall was demolished to rubble, representing hope and freedom. The most terrifying aspect to those who remained a separated society for 27 years was the ease of losing freedom. A meaningful message found graffitied on its remains stated 'None but those who have lived it can understand the real meaning of this wall. What really scares us is how easy it is to lose our freedom'.
27 years later, we are faced with another symbol of hate with the election of Donald Trump who plans to build a wall of a similar nature. Trump wishes to construct a wall on the border of Mexico to separate Mexico from the United States. Trump's bigoted views towards not only Mexicans, but also the Muslim community have been hateful and fascist. He was recently quoted saying the following statement about Mexico 'They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists.'.
With Trump's views and influence over his supporters, a repeat of the division seen by the Berlin Wall is almost inevitable. He has recently encouraged those who support his ideas to behave violently towards those who do not agree with his viewpoint, even stating that supporters should 'beat the crap out of 'em'. With the election of Trump and the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, another anniversary coincidentally fell on the 9th of November, the anniversary of the Kristallnacht. Famously known as the 'Night Of Broken Glass' it is the day on which the Nazi regime carried out attacks targeting the Jewish in 1938. During this night of terror 100 Jewish people were killed following attacks on homes, businesses and synagogues.
The night was a significant turning point for Nazi Germany as it was this night that the fear and suspicion fed by the Nazis to the people of Germany was truly expressed, leading to the years of war, violence, and segregation that were to come.
Trump's election shows similarities to the events that took place 78 years ago and highlight the need to be wary and, in a sense, possibly terrified by what is to come. With the surprising result of the U.S Presidential Election and the views supported by a huge number of American citizens, the future of America is scarily unpredictable.
Trump's idea to build a wall on the Mexican border and the lead up to this is frightfully similar to those that led to the building of the Berlin Wall not so long ago. Although, globally we seem to be moving forward in terms of technology, wealth, and in some ways, equality, it would appear that in America, at least politically, has taken a huge step backwards. The frightful fate of the United States is in the hands of one man with extremist and prejudiced views..what will happen next?