A new social media video “challenge” has students of color all over the country running from the idea of interacting with the president-elect of the United States.
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“Me and my friends are Mexican but we were born here and everyone is scared by what Trump said about sending Mexicans back home and all the other racist things, as well,” 16-year-old Emi Chavez, who claims to have started the hashtag, told BBC News.
“The whole idea was to have some fun, but Trump is a very scary guy to kids of our age because we don’t want our families to get split up. So we were just thinking about how we would just run away from him if he came near.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been over 700 reported incidents of “hateful harassment” since Trump was elected, the majority of which have been anti-immigrant. In his first interview after the election, Trump reaffirmed his campaign promises to immediately deport or jail two to three million people.