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The white-Left Part 1: The two meanings of white

Monday, February 1, 2016

Donald Trump's #MakeAmericaWhiteAgain campaign faces 1st test in Iowa

There are many, many ways that white supremacy is baked into the very fibers of the political system that likes to think of itself as the fairest and most democratic on Earth. One way is that the election of our commander-in-chief, the most powerful political and military position in the United States, a country that is 63% white, begins in Iowa, a state that is 90% white.

For a week now we have heard the pundits talk about the crucial role of the Iowa caucuses in choosing our presidents. How its make or break for some campaigns, how it is almost impossible to win a presidential election without a good showing in Iowa ..blah, blah. It is true that Iowa Democrats have made some very progressive choices, they nominated a black man for the presidency in the last go-around, and I hope they nominate a "socialist" for the job this time. However, that doesn't diminish the fact that placing the first election of delegates in Iowa, a state that is 90% white, and New Hampshire, a state that is 96% white, give whites a bigger role in choosing our presidents than they would have in an America that is 63% white if the system wasn't seeped in white supremacy.

In 2016, this built-in racial bias may play a more important role that in most presidential elections because this year Donald Trump is running the most racist presidential campaign of my life time, and since I hope to turn 68 before we elect a new president, that covers a considerable period of time.

                                                                           Clay Claiborne


Remember Hitler was elected. So was Mussolini!

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