US President Donald Trump got in a fair share of quarrels in the past few weeks, but it is probably quite safe to say that he has been causing controversy since he entered the White House. In fact, he’s been causing controversy long before that, but that’s not our focus here. Namely, this time it is the National Indian Gaming Association that accused President Trump of racism.
While Trump’s statement has little to do with gambling and NIGA directly, since this organisation represents Native Indians, it is not surprising that they decided to react and condemn Trump’s words.
On this side of the pond, in the UK, the Gambling Commission re-instantiated its attitude to tackle problem gambling, following the release of a report where it is stated that a lot of risk gamblers are contemplating suicide. More on that below.
National Indian Gaming Association Criticised Trump’s Statements
You are probably familiar with the latest controversy caused by Trump. He used harsh worse against four congresswomen, all of whom are members of minority groups. Trump commented of the actions and statements of Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez od New York.
Trump said that these congresswomen all came from countries that are in a catastrophic state, ruled by the worst and most corrupt governments in the world, adding that in some of these countries there isn’t even a functioning government. Many individuals including politicians both in the US and abroad. The National Indian Gaming Association also feels that his words were discriminatory against women and certain ethnic groups.
The most offensive part of Trumps Twitter tired was his suggestion that the abovementioned congresswomen should go back where they came from. Three out of all four of them were actually born in the US, with Ilhan Omar being the only one who wasn’t born in the US, he came as a child with her family who fled war-torn Somalia.
Ernie Stevens Jr. who is the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, said that it’s not acceptable for the President to call on groups and individuals to return to their countries of origin. He added that this may have been acceptable in the US from the past, but not present-day America which should be free of injustice and intolerance.
This is not the first time for tensions between President Trump and some of the native tribes to arise and his words aren’t helping the situation.
Last year, Trump called on Massachusetts republicans not to vote in favour of a bill that was supposed to provide land to a Massachusetts tribe. What’s even worse, he used the word ‘Pocahontas’ to describe Senator Elizabeth Warren. Needless to say, the native tribes and their representatives didn’t respond positively to Trump’s message.
UKGC Remains Committed To Tackling Problem Gambling
Within the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, as part of the research programme, reports have been published. Despite the fact that research was based on data that was collected in 2007, the chief of the Gambling Commission feels that the findings are still very relevant.
The findings implied a connection between problem gambling and suicide, as it was established that 5% of problem gamblers attempted suicide. McArthur, the UKGC chief exec added the Commission will keep on working to reduce gambling harms and continue working towards that cause with other organisations.