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Tuesday night I posted an article about the KKK endorsing Donald Trump. For a long time Trump has courted the vote of White Supremacists, and his staff and advisors include a good number of men with long ties to White Supremacist and other Alt-Right groups. The campaign refused the endorsement, but what is troubling is that that there is little condemnation of the endorsement by GOP leaders, nor of Trump’s tremendous racial baggage.
But even more disturbing in the day since the KKK endorsed Trump an African American Baptist church was burned and marked with “Vote Trump.” Last night a man who has a record of provoking violence against blacks executed two white police officers in Iowa, just a couple of week after being escorted from a high school football game for displaying the Confederate flag during the national anthem in front of a group of black students and parents. I am sure that we will learn a lot more about him soon.
There are increasing numbers of threats being directed against blacks, immigrants, Jews, Muslims and liberals by people in the Alt-Right. Trump’s candidacy and the closeness of the race seem to have given them a green light to come out of the shadows.
I do fear that we are going to see a lot more of these type of incidents in the coming days and weeks regardless of who wins the election. Since I have received threats from White Supremacists for years, including death threats, I do take this seriously and a bit personally.
I hope and pray for the best, but I have a sense of dread about what is going on in the country.