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By Anthony Crider — Charlottesville “Unite the Right” Rally, CC BY 2.0

White Supremacy Is the Point

All the dog-whistling and hypocrisy cannot hide the truth: the GOP is built on white supremacy and thrives because of it.

The Republican Party was born in 1854 as a reaction to the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Its founders opposed the expansion of slavery to the Western territories. They believed in “high tariffs to promote economic growth, high wages and high profits, [and] generous pensions for Union veterans.”

The GOP goes South

The landmark legislation led to the division of the Democratic Party and a national reshuffling of political influences. In the 1968 presidential election, George Wallace, the segregationist Governor of Alabama infamous for “standing in the schoolhouse door,” won 46 Electoral College votes.

Fiscally responsible

“Law and order” became a central aspect of the GOP communication strategy. So too did the notion of the party being that of “fiscal responsibility.” To this day, this is how GOP legislators and pundits qualify their economic policies.

The Immoral Majority

When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, it was in no small part due to the unwavering support of the Religious Right and Falwell’s Moral Majority. How could a Californian divorcé actor end up the candidate of the Evangelical right, you might ask? It’s because, behind the appearance of religiosity, behind the anti-abortion movement, once again, their motives were centred on race.

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