The end of black politics, revisited

The end of black politics, revisited,

From left, Deval Patrick, Andrew Gillum, Ayanna Pressley, Stacy Abrams, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: AP (3), Paras Griffin/Getty Images, AP (2), Getty Images)

allegations of racism.’ data-reactid=”36″>We’ve got an administration that uses “welfare” as a code word like it’s still the late ’80s. We’ve got an attorney general who was once kept off the federal bench amid allegations of racism.

The president’s chief rallying cry — “Make America Great Again” — is understood by all but the willfully obtuse as an homage to a time when white Americans, and particularly white men, retained all the power in their communities.

For those on the left who have historically seen themselves as prosecuting a heroic struggle against an inherently small-minded society, the last few years have been one giant vindication.

But wait – that’s not the whole story.

series of polls, both of those candidates have at least a decent shot at winning statewide in November.’ data-reactid=”48″>If you believe a series of polls, both of those candidates have at least a decent shot at winning statewide in November.

almost fill a park in Charlottesville. The next year, they barely fill the benches across from the White House.’ data-reactid=”59″>Dying ideologies don’t slink away quietly — they go out loudly, with howls of desperate protest. One year their rallying forces almost fill a park in Charlottesville. The next year, they barely fill the benches across from the White House.

After that, they just stay home and get old.

Trump’s approval rating is below 40 percent at this point — which means that, if you subtract the slice of seething white voters who have always been willing to embrace a nakedly nativist appeal, maybe 15 percent of the rest of the electorate thinks he’s doing a passable job. More than half the country does not.

Our feeling of backward momentum is illusory. The dwindling audiences at Trump’s rallies represent the last throes of an intolerant society, not anything close to its restoration.

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