Sunday, July 17, 2016

The police murders and the Trump Campaign

There could scarcely be a better series of events for a racialist candidate than the murder of eight police officers by two Black military veterans; with the truck massacre in Nice, France as the background.   The context in which this arises is one of heightened Black protest against racism.  As Columbia professor John McWhorter points out in the Washington Post "More than anything else the reason Black Americans say that racism persists is this: it's the cops".

At just this moment the Republican nominating convention is about to name a racialist as its candidate.  He has been blessed with a convergence of FBI and left criticism of his opponent Hillary Clinton.  But nothing can consolidate his white base of support like racial violence by Blacks and Muslims.  I have assumed like others that the preposterousness of Donald Trump would be fatal. Now I'm not so sure.

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