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Dr. Democrat: Racism Is Alive in L.A. and America

doctor democratDear Dr. Democrat:

I’d be interested in your thoughts on how something like this could happen in Los Angeles. I have always said that racism isn’t a place and the South is a scapegoat that allows the rest of the country to feel good about itself with no merit, but lately we (down here) seem not only equalled but bested by everyone else. Portland, for crying out loud? And now LeBron James in L.A.? Huh?

Despairing in Dixie

Dear Dixie:

One of the most famous racists of our era, Andrew Breitbart, lived and died in LeBron’s Brentwood neighborhood. Another famous resident was OJ Simpson.

And, of course, L.A. has a history of racial tension, like the Watts riots in 1965 and the 1992 riots associated with the Rodney King beating and subsequent trial.

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LePage: Lewis Should Thank White Presidents

I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, it was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant who fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple thank you would suffice.

— Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), asserting “that the NAACP should apologize to white America, making the comment just hours after he weighed in on the president-elect’s Twitter beef with a civil rights icon, saying U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) should be grateful,” the Portland Press Herald reports.

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When Donald Trump Wins, David Duke Wins

The fact that Donald Trump’s doing so well, it proves that I’m winning. I am winning.

— White supremicist David Duke, quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

Poetic Justice

Black History Dunce

He’s got a reputation for nabobbery and knavery,
And his comments range from stupid to unsavory.
But when Donald Trump said never
Have blacks “been in worse shape” — ever,
He kind of overlooked Jim Crow laws, voting rights and slavery.

Enumerati

Older White Voters Could Win Florida for Trump

12.4 million

Number of active registered voters in Florida, more than 3.3 million of whom are older than 65, making it the largest age group on the rolls (followed by those 50 to 64). The elderly also have the highest turnout rate in Florida, Politico reports. “Without the backing of older whites, polls indicate Trump would lose Florida — in this retirement mecca, the elderly are still a force at the ballot box. … But at its core, the race is about race, about motivating white versus non-white voters. The whiter the electorate, the likelier it is Trump wins. And older whites are keeping Trump in the hunt. … When it comes to race, non-Hispanic whites are 65 percent of the overall voter rolls and are the most-reliable voters.”

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Your Might Be in the ‘Basket of Deplorables’ If …

Few people embrace the “racist” label, so let’s help them. If you are “very enthusiastic” about a candidate who has based his campaign on scapegoating immigrants, Latinos and African Americans, talked of banning Muslims from the country, hesitated to disown the Ku Klux Klan and employed anti-Semitic imagery — well, you might be a racist. But if you are holding your nose and supporting Trump only because you think him better than Clinton, that doesn’t put you in the basket.

The Washington Post

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Major Flaw in Trump’s Plan to Court Minority Votes

The main difficulty Trump faces in dispelling the impression that he is a racist is that Trump is, in fact, a gigantic racist.

Jonathan Chait

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Trump Staffers Use Social Media to Spread Violent Hate Speech

Donald Trump’s paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war. … The campaign has employed a mix of veteran political operatives and outsiders. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.

Associated Press

News & Comment

Drive-By Truckers: You Don’t See Too Many White Kids Lying Bleeding on the Street

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Right Winger Loesch on Trump’s New Racist Campaign Chair: ‘One of the Worst People on God’s Green Earth’

All I know is one of the worst people on God’s green earth was just instituted as the chairman and CEO of the Trump campaign. And if you are, as I am, not wanting to see Hillary Clinton in the White House, you need to seriously, seriously be concerned about that.

– Dana Loesch, right-wing radio host, referring to Stephen Bannon, head of the racist website Brietbart.com and now chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.