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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton pens open letter to Donald Trump...and it's gone viral!

Humans of New York creator and blogger Brandon Stanton who usually lets his subjects do the talking has written an open letter to Donald Trump. In the letter posted to social media on Monday, 32-year-old Stanton summed up the many issues he has with the Republican presidential frontrunner, notably his controversial remarks about Muslims, immigrants and refugees. 
 
The post has since gone viral garnering over a million Likes and thousands of Shares. Stanton said he has tried to stay away from politics but he could no longer stand by and not take a stand against "violence and prejudice" 


"An Open Letter to Donald Trump:
Mr. Trump,
I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.
I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.
Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.
Sincerely,
Brandon Stanton

88 comments:

Chris Aimakhu said...

Nice one

Abosede Ojuade said...

Na dem sabi....

Charles Okafor said...

Like play like play.
Dis Trump wil win..
But doesnt hez behavior haff an effect on his children or family..

Like if me and Trump daughter dy go d same school.. Oboi, we wil beat her oo.. I wil hate her ehn



















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Achi Izuegbunem said...

You Certainly have my support

gentle said...

He will still win...and it will do y'all like film trick. Donald cannot make or break america. The POTUS is not the real one with power in america, he's just the figurehead. So dnt worry, America will still be great.

Uju Phil said...

And i say...Epic! I just love this guy,xo

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

ILove Trump!

Obi Tega said...

DONALD TRUMP in trouble if he wins, the USA will turn against him Wallahi

Anonymous said...

True talk,i jst pray e doesn't win

Bonita Bislam said...

Apt! This letter isn't only for Trump and any Nigerian who believes exterminating Muslims from the surface of the earth or banning them from certain parts of the country, or calling them names is a BLOODY RACIST.
Where is the luv that Christ preached?,If God didn't want us all to co-exist, Abraham wouldn't have had a child with Hagar. People think their religion is a superior religion forgetting the fact that Only One God exist & he gave us freewill to choose religion.
Trump belongs in the trash.He can never win.Luv is the way

BONARIO NNAGS said...

I trust Americans to make the right choice when the time comes.


. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Vivian Reginalds said...

True
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

NWIGWE VICTOR ANAYO said...

Story for d gods... @ at Brandon, how u fell about triumph is very important, but what is morally right is more important. My questions; the kind of violences that's going on or happening at Muslims communities across the globe, is it morally right????

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Even before he started his campaign, he has always been this way,the bigger question is why and how he got votes to represent the republican party! It's baffling

Anonymous said...

Well said Mr Stanton

Saheed Oluwasegun said...

Simple, concise and brief. I have never seen anybody speaking from the heart in a long time. This man letter should be enshrined in the book of history and record. I don talk my own o

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Noticed.

#king KingOfKings #6God said...

Waste of keypad or words. Trump is an asshole and will win. It's shameful dude is still loved by most. I see Kanye west (Dad) replacing him 2020. White house here we come. Very sure he will still drop an album even as president. Yeezus.

Anonymous said...

Nice one Brandon

Dapo Drims said...

Awesome piece! I couldn't agree less

Teemah Salau said...

👏👏👏👏👏

Psalmuelle aka Samstone. said...

Thank you. Nice letter. The funny thing is this letter does not hit him at all cos he'll still behave like an asshole.

#LIB ADDICT#

Demmy said...

True talk.

Anonymous said...

The idiotic man, himself! Thumbs up, Brad!

tee 23 said...

Who's dis guy kisses 4 u well said #iconcur

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Deir headache


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chommy said...

Nice one. Linda observe!

Anthony Adeyemi said...

I love Brandon he's indeed a good journalist I could remember wen he traveled to 50 countries in less than 3-4 months including Africa collecting people's story on the streeth he came to Kenya,Congo,Mali and some other African country buh nvr visited Nigeria n I could remember during his interview in Iran & Iraq it was then I knew that Islam is indeed a religion of peace buh av been given to wrong people who 've had wrong interpretation of it ....I love " Humansofnewyork ",.God bless him for this one .

piko said...

Ok oh. Lets wait,watch,and see what happens it's just a few months from now.

KASHIET M. ISSAH said...

Ask how it strated first

Anonymous said...

I wish all Muslims where like you.

Luciana Chinda said...

Well said

Juliet Iwuno said...

Wetin come concern Agbero with overload??? Linda take note!

KASHIET M. ISSAH said...

Ask how it strated first

Anonymous said...

An average American is racist

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Chinedu Mgbemena said...

I wonder who are those supporting this trump guy

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Anonymous said...

beautifully written Brandon...Someone needed to tell him the home truth. Donald Trump is a disaster waiting to happen and surprisingly he is garnering many followers by the day, regardless...

Anonymous said...

He has a point though, but if Trump wins, i will never be surprised cos,despite his flaws, he still has popularity.

Onah Godwin said...

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Ben Ibeh said...

Block duns head lyk U wannabe 1st commenter saying 'na dem sabi' wen U don't knw dat American politics dirctly or not affcts all D economies in d world includin Nigeria and Ur Duns head Naija Delta.

Ben Ibeh said...

Dust brains like U..what is na dem sabi? Is dat how critical ur brains can go?

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

Epic one from Stanton! Now this are youths with active voices. This deserves over hundred million likes.

Sidi Ali said...

Dude think before you write, the same can be said about America, where they have the highest rate of violence and trust me in this war torn countries most of the casualties are Muslims, so think about that. You might like the religion but think as a human being, advocating for violence will never solve the issue, trust me it's more socio-economic problem and education

Charles Okafor said...

But how did hw win votes to represent d Republican party.. Choi

ProudlyDeltan15 said...

Ok seen...ProudlyDeltan

gentle said...

I hope when Ur family is wiped out from one of the muslim crisis, you'l still be able to practise the tolerance you preach. It's super easy to act noble when you dnt know shit about the sufferings people are going through. You think people wanting to ban them are devils? That they are happy about it?Lol..anyways...

Jamila Shaibu said...

I support this guy! That old man is piece of work!!



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SUNSET☀️ said...

You love a racist? Someone that hates your skin color? Stupid girl!

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Hembafan Tilley-Gyado said...

You love an open racist? Who says he would depot Nigerians? And has hate filled messages for other races other than whites?
The only thing that I agree with him is on matters of gay/lesbians.

femmedy said...

Simple brov. It has only shown that there are lots of white racist in America who are in support of trump whose got racist tendencies

Bonita Bislam said...

@Gentle, since when has the word of God becomes conditional?, The path to luv isn't easy but that's what makes us Christians. And to answer your question, Yes I've lost relatives to religious crisis in my area.That doesn't make me hate all Muslims but the ones who hurt me

Hyacinth Agomuo said...

In my opinion, should this Trump win the election, another world war will brew quickly. He is not diplomatic at all and violence violence everywhere he supports. Americans, please shine your eyes.

Sampson Ayantoye said...

Nice piece of letter I hope he doesn't get the nomination

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Waiting be my own?

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Waiting be my own?

Anonymous said...

She must av lost her sense wen been in haste for first commenter. Look at her face like French shit.

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Well written..


#FINEST

jenny ajukwu said...

Same question I asked when people supported GEJ. It's just wrong!

Anonymox said...

Nice one

DawnDew said...

smh

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Anthony Adeyemi said...

U love someone who's way is against the will of God .Why u dey fall moi hand now .

Oshios Baba said...

Okay cool

mr padua said...

@bonita wat 're u two arguing on .

Anonymous said...

In as much as muslims deserve all these things Trump said and even worse, i don't want him as America's president.

gentle said...

How do you seperate the ones who hurt you from the ones you dint hurt you.. If i remember God's word clearly, he preaches love for your enemies too. So if you claim to follow the word of God verbatim, Ur nt allowed to hate those who hurt your family too. You dnt have to be "societally" correct everytime...isn't it overwhelming always saying what's "supposed" to be right even if you dnt really feel the same.

Abass Rasheed said...

u are very articulate. dis is a nice piece, so concise and precise.

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Well explained

Anonymous said...

I see Donald Trump winning the election because he is the voice of 98% of Americans.Most of them are racist deep down.To see someone advocating what they want but cant voice.He will be voted for by lots.Lets see how it goes..God is still on the throne.

Anonymous said...

@Juliet Iwuno, I don't think you have anything doing on this blog, you just make useless comments so Linda can notice you, I don't think it's what this blog is about, you need common sense my dear...

Edward Obi said...

What we see and hear in Donald Trump is the true sentiment of many White males in America. But let no one be shaken, because Trump will lose hands down to the first Female President of the USA!

Anonymous said...

Bravo Braondon, I can't shout no more. Perfectly said. We all taking notes on this not just Linda.......

Haryor Ajayi said...

okay

Blackky said...

Short and on point...not like the movie script one Mr writes all the time

Yetty k said...

Dt s american politics

Holysaint said...

Americans will choose who their President will be when the time comes.

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Vulcan Moore said...

...and Bonita, Christ enjoins us to love our enemies. That means that you should love even those Muslims who hurt you. I want to see how easy it is for you too. If you have lost a blood relation to Islamic fundamentalists, I'm sure your song will be different.

Anonymous said...

My brother was killed in bauchi during the riot, another one was killed in kano in the bompai bombing but dt only made me to hate the killers like boko haram and all those extremists who call themselves Muslims but are not the real Muslims. The real Muslims are more sincere thanks Christians. You can insult me for this comment but it's the truth.

Anonymous said...

You are high on weed

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CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Nail on the head, GBAM!

Lee Josh said...

God bless you Brandon Stanton for that factual letter.....Thumbs up

mark okoli said...

People can be so stupid. Trump comes out spitting hard truths and then every one labels him a racist, and take some things he said as jokes being the playful type that he is. Donald Trump is a good man, I know that for a fact. This media campaign against him is just absolutely ridiculous

Anonymous said...

That says it all anonymous your intelligent

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