So very understandable in these times when all of this horrible racist history is coming to a head. Please read the Kerner Report from 1968. These social times are exactly like those in the late 1960’s, when the Kerner Report clarified the racism in the U.S. as white supremacy in our Coutry’s institutional fabric, along with police departments of primarily white men. As such, it is going to prove very difficult to eradicate the racism in our patterns of societal life, although not in our police departments. But, that is what all of us MUST do. No one back then learned and tried to make changes. Obviously, white society was not yet ready.
Our current society is different than it was back then…much more tolerant and equal…despite continual obvious and sometimes glaring racial inequities. Back in 1968, there was no white leader who stood up to racism and no integrated crowds protesting police brutality. Today, there are such leaders (not Trump, sadly) and integrated crowds who stand up for what is right. Definitely, Trump is a catalyst to the right kind of change happening now in his contrarian ways. He has pulled up the negative in this Country’s history so we can all see how ugly it is; so, we can see it and find a way to get rid of it, despite the insecure white people who continue to espouse white supremacy. Today, there are fewer of these people in our Country, although it doesn’t feel like it. Somehow, we need to persist now to initiate and undergo this cultural revolution that has been too long in coming.
Our society is undergoing a many-pronged crisis in racial tensions, technological growth, economics, nature of work places, etc. And, this crisis is why so many white people, along with a few people of color, voted for Trump. He is the recipient of troubled, chaotic, changing and unpredictable times, not a truly preferred choice — especially not now. And, because our society is in flux, this is a perfect time to push through this cultural revolution of equality that we all and this Nation so sorry need.