Ms. Butler: I don’t get it. In times of great financial stress (like the one we’re in now) populist demagogues always preyed upon the most vulnerable and weakest groups to a) give themselves a group to blame for the nations troubles and b) to invoke the ire of a fearful and weakened majority group to give them a base of power from which to win. When people have to worry about living from paycheck to paycheck they soon become so desperate that they are willing to believe in anything that will get them out of their plight. It absolutely has everything to do with race, but only because it is a tried and true method to divide and conquer people from their commonalities in times when unity is required the most. We need to address the real economic ravages that exist in our nation. Only then will the elements of racism lose the power to reach disaffected people and sustain the walls of ignorance. That is the challenge before us.