By Cornell Belcher
America's racial fault strains run uninterrupted from the times of slavery to these of lynchings, separate water fountains, and the modern Jim Crow of voter suppression, gerrymandered vote casting districts, and the try and nullify the presidency of America's first Black leader government.
during this booklet Cornell Belcher provides gorgeous new study that illuminates simply how deep and jagged those racial fault strains stay. Cornell has surveyed battleground electorate from 2008 throughout the 2016 fundamental season, monitoring racial aversion and its effect over the process the Obama presidency. Given the heightened racial aversion because of the 1st non-white male residing within the White condo, the increase of Trump used to be a predictable backlash. The election of the nation's first Black president doesn't suggest that we are living in a post-racial society; it implies that we're now at a serious ancient tipping element demographically and culturally in the USA and this tipping element is certainly the wolf on the door for plenty of worried white american citizens.
The panicked reaction of the waning white majority to what they understand because the disaster of a Black president might be heard in each cry to take again our nation. This panic has ended in the elevation of an overt and unapologetic racist because the nominee of 1 of America's significant political events.
Let's be transparent, as Belcher issues out: there is no going again. America's altering inhabitants and the continuing globalization of our marketplaces will not enable it. so as to compete and win the longer term, the USA needs to permit pass of the ancient tribal pecking order and a process gamed to prefer the previous ruling white elite.
To paraphrase DuBois, 'The challenge of the twenty-first century continues to be the colour line.'
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Lyndon Johnson, remarks on s1gnmg the 1964 CIVil RJghts Act " You start out in 1954 by saytng, 'N1gger. ' By 1968 you can't say "mgger"-that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states' rights, and all that stuff, and you're gettmg 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 .... ' " Lee Atwater, 1981, on "the Southern Strategy• 44 A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE Long before the world had ever heard of a man named Barack Obama-indeed, before Barack Obama was even born-there was a scheme called the Southern Strategy that the Republican party put to good use in election cycle after election cycle, coolly and methodically co~opting the votes of racially resentful whites by using coded, or "dog whistle': language that evoked the most egregious of racial stereotypes, but always couching the underlying racism by framing their "concerns" as economic ones.