The 2008 election appeared to mark a high point in American politics–the moment when the United States elected its first black president and overcame its racist past. The 2016 election turned all of that into a mirage. The Trump candidacy, exploiting white working class resentments, has reminded us that racism is alive and well in America, and only gaining strength. And we’re heading into today’s election, as novelist Paul Auster puts its above, “on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”
During this long election cycle, Trump has managed to insult women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslims and common decency itself. The good news is this: After listening to Trump’s dangerous talk for 18 long months, we get the chance to speak today. If you resent Trump’s politics of resentment, go to the polls and vote it down. Or hold your peace later. There’s no better time to be an engaged citizen than today. Do your part.