It is also a part of the job to inherit the good and bad policies and circumstances from the previous administration. It is also a part of the game to blame them for the failures and take credit for the successes. So far it is politics as usual.
There seems to be a possibility that institutionalized racism is rearing its head these days. Before you begin to heap praise or scorn, let me share some thoughts.
Racism can be viewed from a couple of perspectives: intellectual and visceral.
Intellectually it seems easy to understand the meaning and outcomes of racism and other biases. A cogent argument is easily understood and easily can gain agreement. (Facts need to be carefully vetted to insure accuracy.) There are probably very few people who will intellectually discount a factual presentation. We need only look at the outward progress of race relations in the US over the past 60+ years.
Viscerally it is a different story. Our minds may tell us one thing but our guts tell us something else. For evidence we need only look carefully at our own actions and responses when confronted by situations that involve others who are visibly different from us. What are some of those responses? Are they fear? Anger? Retribution for real or imagined transgressions? Are they found in fact, supposition or supposition posing as fact?
It is natural to protect oneself, one's family, one’s group, one's community. More careful consideration need be given at this point. We learn this all through our formative years. The lessons come through words and deeds. Intellectually we learn that racism is not appropriate. It is the deeds that come from the visceral that cause the difficulty. One may agree that racism is wrong, but even the most “innocent” behaviors will give away the underlying fear – loss of power.
Whenever there is a real or imagined threat to one's community there is the natural inclination to be protective. After all, we can’t just let them take away our position in the overall group. This is quite evident now. Since the beginning of our country it has been ruled by white men. It has only been in the last 20+ years that some progress has been made in enfranchising other groups. I suspect that the current arguments at the highest political levels have as much to do about race as they do about fiscal responsibility.
It is appropriate to question a leader’s abilities. However, it is easier to use one’s concerns about presidential leadership to camouflage one’s visceral response to racial differences.
If you want to get an idea of how bad racial discrimination was at one time, view the film The Great Debaters. I grew up during much of the time that film portrays. During that time I lived in a variety of cities in the south. It always seemed strange to have “colored only” facilities.
The thrust of this lengthy, sophomoric diatribe is to ask that you at least consider that racism might be a major part of the response to our President.
(The ideas and statements presented here are the authors. One need not blindly accept them. They are presented as one man's view of the topic. The view comes from observing, studying, and participating in life for the past 60+ years.)