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The re-racialisation of American politics harks back to the nation’s worst days

Racial resentment hangs over the November midterms

By Diane Roberts  

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Ron Sachs/DPA/PA Images

Race-baiting is depressingly common in US politics. The current occupant of the White House played on white people’s fear of losing power when he claimed that the previous occupant was born in Kenya. And could be a Muslim. The current Republican candidate for governor of Virginia defended the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville and now vows to protect the state’s “Confederate heritage.” In New York’s 19thcongressional district, incumbent John Faso loses no chance to point out that his African American…

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