Well done. I would add only that what we are witnessing/experiencing is an attempt to re-institute “ole Jim Crow” racial segregation on the down-low. Black people are being banned and barred from putative ”white” spaces and places just as we were legally (and extra-legally) not so very long ago.

What’s “new” about this particular reiteration of racial apartheid American style is that it has the distinct imprimatur and full-throated blessing of the so-called president of the United States. Sure, other presidents have been just as racist (and moreso) than Trump, but few, if any, have made white supremacy an open and top priority and central government policy and practice — at least, not in quite the way that this man and his regime have done.

And so, the masses of white people, who have always harbored racist and white supremacist sentiments, now feel relieved and emboldened to do what they always do when “confronted” with black progress, black pride, black power, black people: They turn to people like Trump to hold back the inevitable black tide in order to maintain their position atop the racial hierarchy and pyramid.

This is a long-winded way of describing an ongoing, never-ending, sometimes dormant, sometimes active “white backlash,” or “white lash,” as Van Jones once put it. Many, if not most, of these people are still reacting and responding to Obama’s (by their lights) sacrilegious black presence in their formerly lily-white White House. Trump is both a physical, mental and emotional manifestation of that reaction/response.

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