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CNN | 12.21.16

The new white is the same old story

Charlton D. McIlwain

D&S advisor Charlton D. McIlwain writes an op-ed about the new white political movement.

We must see the new white narrative for what it really is, an attempt to refocus public attention and political capital away from people of color. Trump and many of those he’s chosen to lead his administration are the new white’s principal ambassadors. They take stock of the last few years as blacks fought against police brutality, Muslims battled religious persecution, and Hispanics defended themselves and their families from mass deportations. These representatives of the new white respond: Your concerns don’t matter as much as working-class folk (white people) for whom America’s promise was designed but has been denied.

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