Deplorables

From a column by Maureen Sullivan, “Why I’m Loving This”, New York Times, November 9, 2016:

I saw this result coming over the summer. In July, five police officers were ambushed in Dallas and three more were killed in Baton Rouge. In August, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sat out the national anthem. In September, an Islamic terrorist, masquerading as a fried chicken salesman in my hometown, Elizabeth, N.J., set off bombs in New York and New Jersey. Mrs. Clinton proclaimed: “I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police.” She put half of Trump’s supporters in that “basket of deplorables.”

People I know were angry. They were tired of being told they were racist and bigoted as they went about the business of mowing their lawns, writing college tuition checks and working their jobs as cops, secretaries and teachers’ aides. They kept being told they needed to look inward, examine their sins and judge themselves guilty. They had not forgotten when Barack Obama was running for president in 2008 and his wife, Michelle, said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country…”

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About brucelarochelle

Practising Lawyer and Part-Time University Instructor (Accounting, Commercial Law, Organizational Behaviour); Part-Time Federal Tribunal Member. Non-practising Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant).
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