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Equality campaigners express fear following Trump victory

ANGER: Race equality campaigners fear the effects of a Trump presidency

AFTER A divisive presidential campaign, billionaire businessman Donald Trump last week became the 45th US President-elect after succeeding in getting the 270 electoral votes needed to secure an election victory.

But campaigners here in the UK concerned about the impact his victory will have on race equality worldwide.

Last week saw thousands of demonstrators in the US take to the streets of several US cities to protest against Trump’s election.

Protesters chanted slogans such as: "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA" and "Not my president!"

Omar Khan, Director of the Runneymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank told The Voice: “People of colour will be decidedly anxious about their place in Donald Trump's America. After Barack Obama's eight years in the White House they will be disappointed that the 2016 election will overturn progress on race. The President-elect will need to reach out quickly to bridge the divide but he will need to go further and implement policies that actually reduce rather than increase racial inequalities.”

He added: “The U.K. Government must also consider how a Trump presidency will affect rising racism across Europe and how to respond to any racially discriminatory treatment of British people living in or travelling to the U.S.”

Simon Woolley, Director of campaign group OBV agreed with Khan that Trump’s victory was a negative one for race relations.

He said: “If there’s one overriding message to be learnt from this shocking political result, it’s that democratic engagement really matters. Those who turn their backs on politics in some kind of protest, actually open the door for the scary demagogues such as Trump and Farage to prevail. They in turn proudly boast, ‘the people of spoken’, before unleashing the politics of hate and fear.”

In addressing those who were unhappy at the result, Streatham MP Chuka Umunna said: “We must not give up but realise we will have to fight even harder for the values we believe in –respect, openness, and a solidarity that cuts across races, religions and classes to bring people together.

“We have to be careful in making broad generalisations but I think it's fair to say the Presidential election result, like Brexit, is a rejection of globalisation given its failure to deliver for the majority in advance economies. The challenge is to prove that we can make our countries greater still, not great again."

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