Donald Trump and Racial Division in the United StatesJuly 25, 2019
Some people seem to believe that Trump is not a racist or at least question whether or not he is. This surprises me- and a lot of other people. My assumption has long been that most people who support Trump knew he was a racist and supported him- at least in part- for that reason.
Perhaps many people who support him just don’t understand why most Americans believe that he is. Perhaps attempting to educate will be more effective than ridicule and condemnation.
- Donald Trump’s Long History of Racism
- An Oral History of Trump’s Bigotry
- The Trump Administration’s Record of Racism
- Most Americans think Trump’s ‘racist’ tweets are ‘un-American’
- The History Of Trump’s “Racist Attack” Of “Go Back Where You Came From”
Possibly, some people who support him simply have not been exposed to the considerable evidence of this. Or maybe they have only been exposed to viewpoints that excuse and defend him rather than those that seek to explain both why he is a racist and why it is so dangerous to this country to continue along the path he wants to bring us.
I am likely quite naive to think that anything that I could do or write or say would have any impact on the trajectory of the country’s discourse. But I love this country too much and have spent far too much time studying and teaching about its history and political system to sit by idly and allow this man to tear this country apart without putting up a fight.
My hope is that enough well-intentioned people who really do love this country and really are not racist will come to realize that they have made a mistake in supporting Trump. My hope is that they will realize that they cannot continue to contribute to the decline of this great country by emboldening a man who seems determined- and perhaps destined- to bring it down.
I am not optimistic. Donald Trump is racist by any and every meaning of the word. The evidence of this is widely available and one would think that reasonable and fair-minded people would have already arrived at this conclusion by now. But I will keep fighting because the fight now is going to be a lot tamer if we can send this man back to where he came from sooner rather than later.
A Trump victory in 2020 will almost certainly be the most polarizing event our society has experienced since the Civil War. Our democracy is not well-equipped to survive another one of those.
Public has negative views of the country’s racial progress; more than half say Trump has made race relations worse