“Until Barack Obama was elected, you didn’t have to say white President. Presidents were white.” This quote by Indi Samarajiva captures the essence of the tensions America faces today. I invite you to read his thought-provoking article!
After Obama, however, race became a salient issue. That’s the gap that Trump filled. Donald Trump is America’s first white President. The minute white voters got uncomfortable, white power became a winning electoral strategy.
When Trump started talking about ‘illegal’ immigrants he was really talking electoral politics. Racism is not just evil, it’s strategic evil. The Republican fear has always been that the 10 million undocumented people would vote, and vote Democrat. They’re not just blocking people, they’re blocking the vote.