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This Is Not Fake News: President Trump Is A Bigot!

Whitewashing Racism Again

Bannon is not the only proud bigot placed in a ranking Trump Administration position. Trumps U.S. Attorney General is Jeff Sessions – the former U.S. Senator from Alabama who refused to fault the racist KKK until he discovered some KKK members smoked marijuana, the substance Sessions deems an evil weed.

However, a tight focus on the bigotry of Trump and his band of confederates obscures the core problem driving racism.

More pernicious than Trump’s bigotry is the persistent failure of too many Americans to decisively oppose the institutional racism that has eviscerated the so-called American ideal of equitable access to opportunity since the creation of this nation.

An ugly problem – historically – has been the practice among too many Americans of denying or justifying institutional racism.

This practice is glaringly evident in the election of Trump, who did not attempt to disguise his bigotry during his presidential campaign that garnered 62.9 million votes.

While white supremacists did vote en masse for Trump, his voter base was not composed entirely of persons who would define themselves as racists. Millions of Trump voters, who proclaim abhorrence to Neo-Nazis, the KKK and other white hate groups, still supported a candidate who blatantly burnished bigotry.

Thus, Trump voters denied, justified and/or simply ignored the bigotry that nourishes institutional racism.

That mob of white nationalists came to Charlottesville to oppose removal of a Confederate statue. The Confederacy, after all, sought to preserve slavery and rebelled against the federal government.

Many who support keeping in place Confederate monuments, ranging from statues of Confederate heroes to the Confederate battle flag, who are not card-carrying white nationalists, justify their position as ‘Heritage Not Hate.’ Yet, Southern history revolving around the Confederacy and its progeny is a heritage that is steeped in naked racial hatred. After the Civil War ended with defeat of the Confederacy, southern whites unleashed a reign of violent terror across the former Confederacy to re-subjugate blacks, a campaign that included thousands of lynchings.

In 2005, when the U.S. Senate approved a resolution apologizing for that body’s refusal to approve any of the 200 anti-lynching laws proposed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 13 Senators – all Republicans – refused to endorse that tepid apology…evidencing their denial/justification of institutional racism.

Many of the same Republican Senators now receiving praise for condemning President Trump for his coddling of white nationalists in his initial statements about the Charlottesville horror have actively engaged in the GOP’s long practice of exploiting race prejudice to win elections.

story | by Dr. Radut