July 30, 2019

Egger: Does it matter if Trump is a 'real' racist?

Andrew Egger, writing for The Bulwark:
You see how ludicrous the proposition is by how it requires racism to be defined down to an impossibly narrow set of attitudes and behaviors: If he's such a racist, why isn't he calling for genocide or burning crosses on the White House lawn? As if anything short of marching in a tiki torch parade doesn't count as real racism. 
But let's posit that Trump is not, in this sense, a "real" racist; that his use of racist tropes and racially inflammatory rhetoric are only political maneuvering that he thinks will give his poll numbers a jolt. The question is: What difference does it make?
Whether racism is overt or inferred by its result: What's the difference?

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