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R.I.P for the GOP: Donald Trump, the Republican Party and the Search for a Great White Hope in Multicultural America
Edwin Buggage | 10/24/2016, 6:36 p.m. | Updated on 10/24/2016, 6:36 p.m.
The GOP and the Politics of Division
Today, as we look at this circus, the sideshow that currently is the Republican Party has its own P.T. Barnum, Donald Trump. Someone that’s taken the Party of Abraham Lincoln that once defended the rights of slaves to be free and was once the home of many Blacks. But, in its most recent incarnation, it’s a small tent filled with small minds and ideas that does not reflect a changing America that is becoming ever more multicultural and inclusive.
As I look at the Republican Party in its present form, it is like getting mail in the days of the stage coach in the age of high speed internet. They are obsolete fossils that are inefficient and out of touch with the modern world. Additionally, the shameful words coming from Trump are dangerous and divisive. This rhetoric of exclusion draped in empty patriotic slogans is not the direction for a political party that began with Abraham Lincoln citing in his First Inaugural Address in 1861 as the country was in the beginning stages of what would become the Civil War. “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature,” Lincoln said.
The Republican Party and the End of a “White Only” America
If the Republican Party continues to go down this road and ignore the diversity that is modern America it will not hold the White House any time soon and may be on the verge of no longer being a major national political party going the way of the Federalist and the Whigs, both that were once major political parties in America.
As I look at the GOP of 2016 I wonder why it seems that they are ignoring what this country is becoming with a shrinking White electorate where in 1948 it was 95% White nationwide; but today nearly 31% of the electorate is non-White. Also it is estimated in the next 25 years’ people of color collectively will surpass the White population and become the majority in the United States. In my mind it would seem incumbent upon the Republican Party to reach out to become more inclusive to a changing electorate.
The Rise of Obama and the Republican Search for a Great White Hope fuels Trumps Rise
When there is a shift in racial relations in America it is also accompanied by racial paranoia or panic. When Blacks gained citizenship and the ballot at the end of slavery, by the end of the 19th Century there was the rise of the KKK and lynching of Blacks. In sports we can look at the first African-American Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson during a time of racial repression where the mere thought of him having the title infuriated many. This led the American writer Jack London to call for “A Great White Hope,” to win the title and restore the rightful place of the White man in society. Today a century later this type of psychology or more accurately the pathology of historical racism is the primary reason some have demonized.