I come from the view that everything Trump said during his campaign was a "dog whistle" to supporters to come out of the woodwork and declare their bits of white supremacy and separatism.
His racist and the support from white supremacist groups are documented and were just non-negotiable for me because it's just a stance that not only he, but ordinary people will feel comfortable in going to antagonize certain groups of people just because of their perceived identities.
I've been followed conversations on my online community of choice (an NBA team's message board) to get some kind of pulse on feelings of the election. It's not a representative sample by any means, but I feel like since I "know" the posters in some manner I can learn a lot more. For the most part, it's not like the snarky world of Facebook, Reddit, or newspaper commenting --- there's a lot more chance for civility and thus, depth in any given discussion.
There were a bunch of these reasonable discussants discussing how "racism had nothing to do with the outcome of the election."
What one (respected) poster actually said was this:
This election had a race based component, but that isn't what flipped it. As I have been saying, what flipped this election was a number of democratic strongholds that strongly went for Obama (meaning they aren't racist) switching to go for Trump. It was largely economic based.The guy didn't vote for Trump (Johnson) and is very sharp when discussing trade and economics.
Instead of having a discussion about the real why's and policy directions, we have this constant discussion about racism that had virtually nothing to do with the outcome of the election.
However, I was still a bit unnerved by the last sentence because I don't think it's accurate at all.
I understand that quite a few Democratic Trump voters went to Trump based on what they thought he could do for the economy (or maybe because of the prospect of locking a person whom they were made to believe belonged in prison; re: Hilary for prison), but he'd made a lot of noise in his media coverage about banning Muslims, calling Mexican rapists, building walls to keep out said rapists.
For a lot of people like me, that noise was as I said, 'non-negotiable', but I guess for some people the vitriol towards Muslims and Mexicans was something they could tolerate compromise on, as long as it meant a different economic prosperity and/or an "end to corruption."
And now for some instant reaction, we go to America's classrooms.
1. Today, my wife told me about how one of her co-worker's sons, a third grader, a 9-year old Mexican-American kid, received a letter from a friend. The friend, saddened, wrote, "I'm sorry you have to go back to Mexico." The son was freaked out, and his mother had to reassure him that he belonged here.
2. Middle-schoolers in Michigan chanting "build the wall."
3) Shitload of shit: Trump! being written on a prayer room door, Graffiti reading Whites Only, Car being stolen from a Muslim student, graffiti written that neither black lives nor black votes matter, Nazi graffiti found in the city of brotherly love, a black doll being hung, a man yanking off a hijab, deportation letters being passed out at a school