FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks in Vandalia, Ohio. Trump wants to win the White House in November. House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to save the Republican Party for the future. Those goals put Trump and Ryan increasingly at odds over both tone and substance as the billionaire businessman barrels toward the GOP presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks in Vandalia, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Back in April, the news web site Salon asked ‘Uh-oh: Where does all the white rage go when Donald Trump loses?Rolling Stone mused: “Trump’s newly riled-up, racist supporters may not go gently into that good night.”

I hear a lot of similar concerns from citizens who worry if Trump and his supporters have brought rampant racism out of the shadows and given them more of a voice.

Yes, they have.  Racism remains a key part of the American psyche.  Many of those who consider themselves white feel they should be the dominate race in a diverse country and the fact that they are becoming more and more of a minority brings their fear, anger and bigotry to the surface.

We see racism all around us each and every day.  I see people look caustically at a mixed-race couple and shake their heads.  Many proclaim they are not racist, which is a typical protest by those who actually are.

Ironically, many of those who claim to be white are a mixture of ancestors whose lineage is more often at least beige.  My birth certificate says I’m white but I’m a mixture of Scots, black Irish and Seminole.  My paternal grandmother was half Seminole and proud of it, as I am of my mixed heritage.

My wife, Amy, is Lebanese and Irish and proudly declares herself “beige.”

In Norman, Oklahoma, high school teacher James Coursey told his students: “To be white is to be racist, period.” His comments upset and riled folks in and around Norman.

Coursey says he used the observation to make a point about people’s feelings.  The folks who want him fired missed that point.

I don’t believe all whites are racist. Donald Trump’s base and strong support from white supremacist groups show many bigots still live among us. I know about a dozen strong racists in Floyd County and I’ve met dozens more in Southwestern Virginia. My maternal grandfather was a blatant racist.

As an elementary student in Prince Edward County in the 1950s I saw racism first hand when the school board and board of supervisors there closed the public schools to avoid a federal court order to integrate and opened an all-white private educations system, using public funds.

For too many years, black families in that Virginia county had no place for education of their children.

Will racism continue to rear its ugly head in America? Sadly, I believe it will.  Too much hate out there.  Too much anger.  Too much racism.

Donald Trump stirred the hateful emotions of fear, anger and ignorance in America.  On Election Day, with hope, more Americans than the haters, the spiteful, the bigoted and the racists will put him down and end his candidacy.

Getting rid of Trump is a good first step towards keeping America great.

5 COMMENTS

  1. If Trump wins, where will all the corrupt democrats go? Answer – jail.

    Doug, I will ask my black friends here in The Villages if they think I am racist. Wait, that will not work as all three have stated they are voting for Trump. Funny thing, my village has Trump signs all over the place and all three of those black villagers are totally accepted into the social atmosphere here. By the way, the three consist of a black retired military couple and the other is a retired financial adviser who is married to a white lady. Oh, and yesterday I helped one of our married lesbian friends program their new lawn sprinkler controller. So not all Trump supporters are racist, but most democrats are but try to lie about it. Hilliary does not mind using the n-word and treating blacks with total disdain. If we can ever get the black population out of the democrat produced poverty, we will see the last democrat liberal win in ANY election.

    Bowhunting season starts Friday, I promise not to shoot any gay or black deer lol.

    Roy

    • A few corrections my friend. As I said in the column, I do not believe all whites or Trump supporters are racists but there are a disproportionate number who are. Trump, I believe, is a racist and has a history of racism. Come up with all the rationalizations you want but when you support a racist you should remember the old axiom of “if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.” 🙂

      Secondly, the schools were closed in Prince Edward County, not Prince William, and they were closed by the school board and board of supervisors there. The governor was not the decision maker. I was not in Floyd County schools when the system integrated. Floyd was segregated when we moved to Farmvville and were integrated when we returned five years later.

    • This is from the site I sent you about J.Lindsey Almond.

      In September 1958, he made good on a promise of his predecessor Thomas B. Stanley when he closed schools in Charlottesville, Front Royal, and Norfolk rather than see them desegregated. The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, however, overturned the school-closing law on January 19, 1959, the same day that the federal district court in Norfolk made a similar ruling. Despite last-minute appeals from Almond, the closed schools reopened to an integrated student body

      • Once again, you should remember that the column dealt with the closed schools in Prince Edward County where schools remained closed for too many years and the column did not point any fingers at either political party. The Prince William attempt was short lived. The Prince Edward case continues to be a sad, sordid example of racism in Virginia and America.

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