America today is more divided than at any point of its history since the Civil War and the hate seeps out of the toxic minds of those who want a land where white bigots dominate and anyone else must hide in fear.
Racism thrives in a divided government in Washington and a volatile combination of hate and fear of economic uncertainty after the Great Recession.
America’s racism rebirth came in 2008 with Barack Obama’s election as president. For many, his victory signaled hope for a nation that killed many of its own men, women and children in a Civil War that tore the country apart.
But while millions cheered Obama, others saw him as a powder keg to rally white supremacists. Racism created the Tea Party and used divisions that have existed since America’s birth to spread fear and encourage hate of anyone who wasn’t white, Anglo-saxon and protestant.
In just the eight years between 2008 and 2016, America went from being a nation of hope to a racist land where hate and bigotry dominates our government, our culture and our way of life.
“An era that started with hope and change had how become one of unapologetic hate,” reports CNN.
Reported the network in 2018:
The hate created two Americas. Two realities. Split-screen reactions to the same events, that continued and were exacerbated with President Trump’s victory and time in office.
When a gunman massacred nine people praying at a predominantly black church, America wept and asked for grace. But the virulent racists cheered, hailing the gunman a hero for helping to start the race war they dreamed of.
When much of America was horrified by the sight of neo-Nazis in their streets in 2017, white supremacists were almost gleeful their views were front and center.
And when a gunman stormed into a synagogue, declaring “all Jews must die,” Americans wept over the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history. But white supremacists breathed a sigh of relief. One of their biggest targets had been successfully attacked.
“We have a black man in the White House and you need to do something about it,” gloated Ken Parker, a Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and neo-Nazi shortly after Obama took office in 2009. “We would even joke amongst ourselves, we’re going to send President Obama an honorary membership to he the Klan because he’s our biggest recruiting tool.’
At Tea Party rallies their members displayed signs with photoshopped images of Obama as a witch doctor.They called then first lady Michelle Obama “an ape in heels.”
In New York City, real estate tycoon and reality show host Donald Trump called Obama “Muslim’ and questioned his citizenship, saying the president was not born in America.
He used both of those dishonest claims often after his announced his plans to run for president. He called Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers” and denigrated his opponents with slurs and insults.
White supremacists and racists cheered his outlandish behavior. They had found an ally. Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, now headed for prison for multiple crimes, would later testify that Trump never expected to win the election. He ran to try to help his business.
As a businessman, Trump proved his racism. Federal authorities fined him often for housing discrimination. When he owned casinos, managers of the establishments would later testify that Trump ordered them to remove any minority employees from areas where Trump and his wife would dine or play. He ordered a black accountant fired because “you just can’t trust such people.”
As president, he referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and surrounded himself with a lily-white staff. He called the white supremacists who brought violence to Charlottesville “fine people” and repeatedly refused to disown the support and embrace of racist groups.
Trump did not create America’s racism, but he gave it a bigger stage as president because he is one of them — a racist and bigot who uses hate to fuel his base.
He claimed he would “make America great again.” Instead he is destroying it. He, and those who support him, turned America from a nation that thrived into one that died.
Today, we live in one of the two parts of a divided America. That division, for the first time in my 71+ years on this third rock from the sun, leaves me an ashamed American.
We could leave, as may others have done or might do, but we don’t run. We will stay and fight to restore the America that we knew and loved.
We will work with other Americans to get them to the polls to rid our crippled nation of the racist in the White House and the too many other racists and bigots in Congress. As a political operative, I won 95 percent of my races.
Stand with us or stand aside. This is war.
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