Washington, May 30 (IANS) US billionaire Donald Trump’s frankness about supporting different policies on whites and blacks ruined decades of work of Republican Party leaders to hide the “white rage”: The deep-seated determination to block black progress in the US.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, according to a report posted on Sunday by the website www.salon.com, is reluctant to deny an endorsement from Klansman David Duke, who describes himself a “racial realist” and advocates racial segregation, Xinhua news agency reported.
Moreover, Trump “condoned the beatings African Americans endured at my campaign rallies”, and posted a tweet in December 2015 saying that 81 percent of white homicide victims were killed by African Americans. This was proved a lie later.
Trump’s performance enraged party members, including Paul Ryan, the GOP’s highest-ranking office-holder and speaker of the House, who withheld a formal endorsement of Trump.
However, surprisingly, it is not Trump’s racism statement that made the GOP frightened and outraged but his frankness in showing such an attitude.
In fact, what Trump uncovered is a long-hidden secret known to the insiders — both Republican and Democratic party leaders.
According to the report, the so-called “white rage” secret has been packaged by the Nixon administration into lies, which started as that African Americans, compared with whites, are much more likely to commit drug-related or violent crimes.
Such lies blemishing African Americans evolved under Richard Nixon’s slogan of “law and order” and Ronald Reagan’s “war on drugs” for decades and have marred the general reputation of the black race, which accounts for 14.3 percent of the total American population, according to the US Census Bureau’s estimate in 2014.
Consequently, according to the report, blacks made up 59 percent of those in US state prisons for a drug offence and 2.2 million African Americans or 7.7 percent of black adults have been legally stripped of their voting rights.
Ironically, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People reported “five times as many whites are using drugs as African Americans”, but only 1.8 percent of the non-African American population have been disfranchised with convictions.