Millennials of minority identities recently ‘came out’ in a video about their support for the incoming President Donald Trump.
“Traitors,” a brief documentary created by Portland State University (PSU) graduate student Andy Ngo, features young minorities who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The unique group of individuals featured in the video includes a homosexual man, a bisexual Middle Eastern man, an Asian woman, and a self-identified black mixed-race man. The young speakers say they received backlash from friends and family for supporting Trump; perhaps even more strongly from people within their own identity groups.
“I’ve had more Christian Republicans accept me for being gay than I’ve had left-wing people accept me for being a gay conservative,” 32-year-old Tylor says in the video.
“You get kind of excommunicated, you get harassed, your racial identity gets de-legitimized, they’ll say ‘oh, you’re not a real black person,’” 21-year-old ‘Neil,’ whose face is blurred out in the video, says. “It was like, you’re an Uncle Tom, almost as if they believe they’re on some kind of plantation.”
20-year-old Adrian told Red Alert Politics his main reason for supporting Trump was the constant blame and “phobia” labels he was given by people who did not even know him on a personal level, simply because he held different views than they did. He said being a bisexual has been a challenge for him.
“What brought me to support Trump (mainly his supporters) is that they and I have been labeled terms that hold no account on us, you know, every single ‘phobia’ in the world. Being a minority race and being expected to ‘fall in line’ with the rest of the minorities voting Democrat has been tough as well,” he said.
Andy Ngo, the film’s director and a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) alumnus, told Red Alert the idea for the film was first planted last year after a PSU Students for Donald Trump event was shut down by protesters.
“There were several students of color who came in support of Trump and they were confronted by some protesters,” Ngo said. “I recall in particular that a protester said that people of color who support Donald Trump ‘make me sad.’”
Ngo added the main obstacle for him in finding students for the video has been getting them to go on record as Trump supporters.
“Person after person said they went into the closet (as conservatives) after experiencing the backlash on campus or with their families and community,” he said.