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The only people who will be convinced that Trump is not a racist are racists. But that may be the whole point.

But the more important point is that Trump is making it ok to be racist in America, and this is extremely dangerous. As a must-read article in Rolling Stone puts it:

To live in modern-day America is to live in a country undeniably affected by racism – mysteriously, without any racists.

With breathtaking doublespeak, Trump attacks Clinton as being a bigot because she is intolerant of the racist “alt-right” movement. But is it bigoted to be intolerant of intolerance?

The Alt-right crowd believes in and endorses a racist ideology, and they have a presidential nominee who does the same. Calling these people anything less than vile racists would be morally reprehensible and intellectually fraudulent.

The bottom line is that we ignore the increasing drumbeat of racism in America at our peril. We risk losing the most fundamental values of our country, that all people “are created equal” and have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

If we don’t stand up to racism, then who and what are we?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Southern Poverty has tracked the increase in hate groups during the Obama administration. I feel with Obama in the white House, the increase can be attributed empowerment of the minorities which is long overdue. Those less educated Trump followers counter with white empowerment that Trump encourage. “Make America White Again.”

    Before I retired as a tax preparer, I thought to myself one day that I had no People of color as clients. The phone rang at that moment. When they came, they started with the “yes, Mam and no Mam.” I hope that has now gone by the wayside. And in 2008, I asked “What do you think of Obama?” “Who is he?” At which point, this descendant of abolitionists handed out another copy of Obama’s autobiography.

    Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:34 am | Permalink
  2. Sam Foster wrote:

    I like how Trump is drawn to look like a caricature of a Chinese person.

    Monday, August 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm | Permalink