A few months after Donald Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, I conjured up the headline, "Is Donald Trump Enough of a Racist to Bring Back Slavery?"
The title was pure hyperbole and the piece went nowhere.
At the time, Trump was making ridiculous claims and bragging about himself in a stream of superlatives that no one could possibly take seriously. And yet, they did.
Roy Moore is the loser in Alabama's special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore is a child molester, a liar and a hypocrite and those are his best qualities.
Moore wants to take America back to a simpler time, when (white) families were strong and they could own black people.
Alabama rejected candidate Moore, but not by much. Over 650,000 southern fried miscreants found Moore's message of racial and religious intolerance appealing enough to cast their votes for him.
Undoubtedly, many of those ballots were cast for Moore's anti-abortion agenda. It turns out, though that the anti-abortion folks are anti everything else from gays to immigrants and minorities.
Something about being Christian seems to make people radically un-Christian.
There's a movement afoot, although it's more of a resurgence than anything new. Hate may be the new love.
Because of the revelations of Roy Moore's predilection for children, the Senate race in Alabama drew national attention. Reporters and journalists from around the country descended on tiny redneck hamlets to garner first hand reactions to the allegations.
Many Alabamians thought nothing of a 30-year old man asking mothers for permission to date their teenaged daughters.
One guy compared Moore to Joseph (of Joseph and Mary fame).
Trump campaign chair, Kathy Miller said, “I don't think there was any racism until Obama got elected."
Clearly, the problem was Obama, this America's first not-all-white president. We were fine with blacks playing football, but the whole being president thing was unacceptable.
Coast to coast and border to border racial fear and loathing bubbled up to overtake the landscape of America, given voice by the President of the United States.
The Ku Klux Klan celebrated Trump's victory with marches and rallies.
Trump only condemns racism when cornered on the issue, but he usually manages to circle back and refute his own condemnations. He is infamous for portraying some of the Nazi marchers in Charlottesville in August as "very fine people."
There's a subtext to the veneration of the Founding Fathers. You may remember from seventh grade civics that Article I of the Constitution limits the value of black people to 3/5 of a person.
Article IV calls for runaway slaves to be returned to their owners.
If some reactionary asshole like Neil Gorsuch claims to be an originalist, you can justifiably call him an arrogant racist.
We've come a long way in 200 years, but it's clear that there are those who would like to return to the "good old days."
The number of shooting deaths of unarmed black men by police, most with no culpability assigned to the officer involved underscores the danger of being black in America.
We may be just a pen stroke away from it becoming very dangerous for Jews, as well.
Reporting from Chicago, this is Bob McAbrams
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