Monday, October 23, 2017

"The First White President": Atlantic booklet about Donald Trump


Ta-Nehisi Coates has a booklet-length article in the October Atlantic “The First White President” about Donald Trump, link. The blunt subtitle is, “The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

The article questions the theory that the election was about elitism or class inequality; it presents some evidence that Trump voters averaged higher income than generally thought.   instead it’s primarily about subtle forms of racism going back to colonial times and relatively little written about outside some PhD dissertations.

  

The article claims Trump was racist in his management of properties, but he never showed any racism on “The Apprentice” as some black candidates did well.  Remember Omarosa. 

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