Trump Appeals to Base by Celebrating the Nation’s Racist Past

Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Mar 8, 2019 - 5:00
Trump Appeals to Base by Celebrating the Nation’s Racist Past

When white supremacists get together, funerals follow. This painful pattern repeated itself in August 2017 when neo-Nazis and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Va. to advance efforts to mainstream hate groups. At the time, Charlottesville was in the throes of a heated public debate about removing a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the park outside the Albemarle County courthouse. The thought of taking down the monument upset promoters of the Lost Cause — a vision of the past which glorifies the Confederacy and romanticizes slavery — and gave white supremacists a publicly palatable excuse for gathering. They argued that they had to exercise their First Amendment rights of...

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2 Replies to “Trump Appeals to Base by Celebrating the Nation’s Racist Past”

  1. These monuments are the physical representation of the firm hold that white supremacy has on this country. If you live in a community with such statues/monuments, please be vocal about your disdain and support any/all efforts to have them removed. I say all that to say that it won’t change the minds of folks who are racist/prejudice. That will take long term, consistent, and visible rebukes of racism and white supremacy.

  2. The article is correct but needs to expand Trump supporters to include a much broader population. Remember that a majority of women supported him in 16. I live in Albany NY and racism is alive and well here in both the uneducated and educated. To quote Trump, “sad”.

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