Below is a link my brother sent me a few days ago. I usually try not to repurpose other people writing unless they are relevant, and man is this one of them!
If you think race isn’t a driving force in this election, please feel free to explain to me why I am wrong. I realize that gender is a factor, but I guarantee you that the roiling undercurrent of racism is a much larger force. You don’t always know it’s there, but some things can draw it out. The election of Barack Obama woke it up in a lot of people who opposed him. When anyone pointed out the racial slant to the Republican Party, they were the one who was labeled racist. It’s a dicey game that’s been going on for a long time. Now Donald Trump’s non-specific comments and laissez faire attitude toward some of his Congress has carried the torch for them ever since. supporters is allowing them to come out of hiding. Here is quote from, and a link to, the story. It’s well worth the read.
“You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
- Lee Atwater, adviser to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush
Story link: I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump