Trump’s win is a reminder of the incredible, unbeatable power of racism

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Photo: Joe Catron / Flickr / CC

Photo: Joe Catron / Flickr / CC

by Jenée Desmond-Harris
Vox

Donald Trump has won the presidency, despite an unprecedented level of unfitness and in defiance of nearly every prediction and poll. And he’s done this not despite but because he expressed unfiltered disdain toward racial and religious minorities in the country.

The message his victory sent to nonwhites, Muslim Americans, immigrants, and their families is clear: Never underestimate the power of racism and bigotry.

In his victory speech early Wednesday morning, Trump promised to serve all Americans. But he’d already made clear what that meant to him: using his power to create a “great again” version of America where white Christian citizens would have the dominance to which they felt entitled, despite changing demographics. And if that meant insulting and snatching back the rights of everyone else, with women caught in the crossfire, so be it.  CONTINUE READING AT VOX

There was no evidence to support the idea that Trump voters were disproportionately poor. Trump support was correlated with higher, not lower, income, both among the population as a whole and among white people. If anything, Trump’s win was powered by a not-so-subtle message that these people’s racial resentment was that of the potential president’s too. 

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