I hope America finally come to the realization that the whole little "post-racial society" experiment was complete bullshit.
There's a reason that the country is starting to resemble the 1960's; it's far from coincidental. While we celebrated the election of the first black president and labeled it a turning point in the nation's dark history, rumblings from the darkest pits of our country began to resurface. Since then, it has been all downhill. You see, racism never left... It's always been here, the big cat lurking in the grass that would only make its presence know if, and when, necessary. I mean, how could you expect something like that to just vanish?
I find it laughable to watch politicians rave over the golden days of good ol Murica. The wonder years. They relish in the glory of free market capitalism, constitutionality, and "American Values". They casually omit the fact that the system "free market capitalism" they worship was, first, built on the backs of slavery, and second, through the exploitation of underpaid immigrant workers. The Constitution they cherish denied Blacks citizenship and protection until after the Civil War and failed to provide and ensure the rights promised to them until the mid-20th Century. They conveniently ignore that "American values" like freedom, justice, liberty, and democracy were all conditional luxuries only afforded to a selective majority. How could one proclaim the end of an institution as fundamental to the growth of this nation could simply dissipate?
No... Racism never died. Overt racism went out of style. The emergence of television opened the eyes of America to just how ugly racism looked. Images of peaceful protesters being bombarded with fire hoses and attacked by K-9 officers, videos of the Bloody Sunday massacre, and depictions of Caucasian mobs attacking Blacks at lunch counters and schools were tough to stomach. Television provided a sort of subconscious pseudo-accountability for bigotry. In time, shifts in perceptions of acceptability moved racial intolerance out of the public arena and into the back rooms, board rooms, and personal subconscious of a large portion of (White) American society.
Racism never died in America. America simply adopted a more subtle means oppression through racism. The face of prejudice was no longer dressed in white sheets and riding horses. Racism in the late 20th Century wore tailored suits and drove luxury cars. They didn't force Blacks and other minorities out of their neighborhoods. they created their own neighborhoods, charged exorbitant property taxes, and manipulated the housing market to keep groups out. They didn't segregate schools. Instead, they created a system that underfunded the schools they departed from in the inner cities that were now occupied by majority children, while at the same time pumping millions into the new "white-flight" neighborhood school systems. Police dialed back the attacks on minorities, and instead implemented targeted policies that encouraged aggressive over-policing of minority neighborhoods and created the epidemic of mass incarceration. Racism in the late 20th Century didn't equal to slavery on plantation; it was reanimated into a criminal justice system that pumped a disproportionate amount of minorities into the new forced-labor plantation industry of for-profit imprisonment.
The past 30 years of American racism transformed into a more palatable condition of racial intolerance. This level of passive-aggressive social control allows those who suffer from the disease of intolerance to look at the current state of race relations and convince themselves that "this isn't racism" because it didn't resemble the overt oppression of the past. It provides them with a level of comfort to easily dismiss what logical, sensible people would easily identify as wrongdoing, under any other circumstance, as overreactions at the hands of millions of minorities. It allows them to disguise institutional barriers as "progress". The problem with this slow-simmer form of racism is pressure is allowed to build until it eventually boils over.
For the past 8 years, that pressure has been building. It started prior to the election of Obama; it initiated in the Democratic Primary, as Hillary Clinton attempted to insert her dominance on a little known Senator from Illinois. It dressed itself in coded language and criticism of Reverend Wright. Once elected, that subtle racism rapidly surfaced in the Republican Party in Washington, as they vowed to make Obama a one-term president by any means necessary. After 2012, and another failed attempt to "restore America to the golden era", frustration set in. It was racism that caused a Republican Senator from South Carolina - Joe Wilson - a "liar" in the midst of the State of the Union Address. It was racism that brought about questions of Obama's citizenship and accusations of his falsely asserted Muslim allegiance. They didn't call Obama a Nigger, but it was racism that prompted Republicans to apply coded language when addressing the highest office in the country. It was racism that divided the electorate, and the pits of American society fed on that for eight years.
Now, that pressure is coming to a head. America has returned to the "glory days" and America now realizes exactly how ugly those days were. They are astonished at the hate, bigotry, and intolerance that is taking over the media spotlight. They struggle to explain the images of whites attacking minorities at political rallies, the rise of a demagogue to the head seat of the table using nothing more than a campaign promoting intolerance and fear mongering, and his unwillingness to disavow the endorsement by hate groups. They try to label it a "new phenomenon", but its not. It is the evolution of centuries old racist sentiment that has been allowed to boil over.
There's a reason Trump is sweeping the South. There's a reason Trump rallies resemble Klan rallies. There's a reason the Republican Party is going up in flames. These are the same people in the same places. The people who fill Trump rallies and commit unfathomable acts are likely descendants of those who spat upon, screamed racial epithets at, and assaulted blacks seeking equality 50 years ago. The only difference is Trump has now made overt bigotry cool again. He re-popularized the repulsive group-think mob mentality that has stained the country's existence. He has turned stadium across the country into cathedrals of hatred and has amassed a large group of followers who willingly drink the kool-aid. These inexplicable actions are nothing more than a group of closeted racists who have finally been given the opportunity to run free among like -minded thinkers. Trump simply renewed the culture of open-carry racism in America.
Yes, racism is most definitely alive and well in American society. We have reached a point to where people don't feel the need to conceal their true feelings any longer.