Tag Archives: Team of Racists

Poetic Justice

The Other Discrimination

Awesome are the talents of Jeff B. Sessions,
Who has now turned his fervor to higher education.
He’s not just a racist,
He’s also a linguist
Who can transform “affirmative action” into “discrimination.”

Verbatim

Donald’s Team of Rivals, er, Racists

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign bludgeoned modern norms about the acceptability of racism. The candidate proposed a religious test for immigrants, and called a federal judge unfit on the grounds of his heritage. Trump could have decided to put the racial demagoguery of the campaign behind him, and it could have been remembered as a divisive ploy to win that did not define his administration, like George Bush’s manipulation of white racial panic to defeat Michael Dukakis in 1988. But Trump, perhaps predictably, is making a different choice. His early staffing choices are redefining the boundaries of acceptable racial discourse in Republican politics.

Jonathan Chait