It’s extremely difficult to argue that Trump’s win in 2016 was a good thing for minority groups, Muslims included. He fueled the fire by playing to his base’s fears — terrorism, socialism, the dumbing down of American rights, particularly guns, etc. None of those things were rooted in truth, but he won all the same using the scare tactics. Right now, it looks as if Trump will lose in 2020. So what happens if Joe Biden wins the presidency?
Sadly, we don’t really know for sure. There are branching paths forward for the country as a whole. If Biden wins, he will likely reimplement protections that were stripped away from minority groups during the Trump administration. He will almost certainly end the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries once COVID-19 is behind us.
These actions by the Trump administration occurred as hate crimes increased over the last four years. Should Biden win, there is a possibility that the number of hate crimes will decline again during his term. But there’s also a possibility that a Biden win actually catalyzes even more violence — especially because those on the conservative right believe that any win that doesn’t belong to Trump means widespread fraud (which is not true).
We can hope Biden would do something about civil rights violations and human rights violations around the world, such as in India and China, where Muslims have been increasingly targeted by hatred for no other reason than their religion. He could put pressure on China to end its program of “reeducation’ camps, which most see more like concentration camps.
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hadidi said he values only one issue in the current election. “In this election,” he explained, “honestly, respect and recognition. The Muslim community would like to be acknowledged as part of this great American nation, and not as an alien culture to this nation. The Muslim community would like to be treated with respect.”