For all the bad feelings that Donald Trump’s naked religious bigotry and race baiting are conjuring up, they are also providing our nation with an opportunity. The ugly rhetoric just might force the country to finally contend with a problem many don’t even want to acknowledge exists: that we are fast becoming a nation in which minorities make up a majority of the population. As a result, tens of millions of white Americans, accustomed for so long to having all the benefits of being the majority, are scared out of their minds—and it is this fear that Trump is exploiting so effectively. These feelings are emerging not because whites are all racists, but because they don’t know what that might mean for them and their children.
As long as angry, scared white Americans follow Trump and his rhetoric, the racial divide in America will only deepen, and it will become increasingly difficult to solve the nation’s most pressing problems. So the question becomes: Who can counter Donald Trump?
This task can’t be left to pundits, academic experts or even preachers, rabbis and imams—particularly as long as Trump continues to tap into the darkest recesses of people’s souls. Destructive groupthink can overcome even the most sincere efforts of community leaders. It cannot be left up to other 2016 presidential candidates, either. They’re far too busy trying to win the White House to be healers.
There is only one person who can unite the country again, and he works in the White House. Yes, President Barack Obama—ironically, the man who is the personification of the fear Trump is exploiting—is the one in the best position to quell the anger being stirred up.
This is not something the president can do from the Oval Office, or from a stage. What he needs to do is use the power of the office in a different way, one that matches the ruthless effectiveness of a demagogue with a private jet. Obama needs to go on a listening tour of white America—to connect, in person, with Americans he has either been unable or unwilling to reach during his seven years in office.
There is a bunch more but it don’t get no better. The guy who wrote it is Issac J. Bailey:
Issac Bailey is a columnist at the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He’s the author of Proud. Black. Southern. (But I Still Don’t Eat Watermelon in front of White People). He was a 2014 Neiman Fellow.
Race relations in the United States haven’t been this bad since the desegregation riots in the Seventies. In fact, things were going pretty smoothly until a few years ago. I’m not saying things were perfect, but things had gotten a lot better and were heading in the right direction.
Then along came Barack Obama. He was supposed to be the fulfillment of Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream. He was supposed to be our first post-racial President. He was supposed to be a healer and a uniter.
Instead he turned out to be the most racially divisive President since . . . ever.
The conventional wisdom on the Left is that all this current racial unrest is due to white people being upset that a black man is living in the White House. That’s bullshit.
Barack Obama intentionally inflamed racial tensions when he adopted a race-card strategy in the campaign against Hillary Clinton. He has been using the same strategy ever since.
I guess it never occurred to him that black people weren’t the only ones who would get riled up.
When Obama first played the race-card on Bill Clinton I predicted it would not end well. I was right.