Sunday, December 11, 2016

My Fellow-Americans, We Must Not Let the Race-Baiters Divide Us

We are at a critical juncture in American history.

This past July, a Rasmussen poll indicated that, “For the first time in his presidency, a majority of Americans believe race relations have gotten worse under President Obama.” That was five long months ago, and today, racial tensions are even higher in the aftermath of the Trump election.

On the one hand, white supremacists, who represent the tiniest, fringe minority of white Americans, have been thrust into the mainstream spotlight as they celebrate Trump’s victory as their own (despite being denounced by the Trump campaign). Not only so, but The Intercept noted that, “Trump’s election has led to an explosion in anti-black, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim, intimidation and violence. Swastika graffiti has been reported on billboards, and in parks, public transit, and schools all across the country.”

Even if some of this data is exaggerated or inaccurate – one must read reports by the SPLC, which is one of the sources referenced here, with great care – the celebratory mood of white supremacists cannot be denied.

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