With today’s social issues and the hatred that Trump’s election is revealing, do you think that America is shifting back to a time when racism was a common occurrence?
What a fantastic question that I am more than happy to address.
I am confident that this issue has its genesis with the recent rash of public racial incidents in this nation that many have attributed to Trump’s Presidential election. I somewhat consider attributing the rise in public racial animosity to the President-elect. However, I do agree that people often take their cues regarding what is and what is not permissible in any given society based on the language, temperament, and appearance of their leadership.
I do not believe that Trump is either the source or the primary catalyst behind the increasing racial animosity that has caught your attention. Racial hatred on the North American continent predates the creation of this nation and from all indicators will forever serve as the tie that binds various racial/ethnic groups together as they battle each other for resources.
Put simply; I do not believe that Trump’s Presidential victory is the cause for the noticeable increase in racial incidents. However, I do believe that if many of those who have “come out of the closet” and articulated long-hidden desires to resist any efforts to guarantee racial equality get their way, we will revert to a fabled American past where white-skin privilege provided unconscionable protections and opportunity. Such an occurrence would not only prove devastating to the struggle for racial equality but also would further embolden a wicked portion of the American populace who continue to resist the presence and prosperity of non-whites in this nation.
I hope that this answer addressed your issues and concerns regarding the rise of racism and a potential return to “the good old days.”
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
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