One of the great achievements of the long civil rights movement was establishing a broad consensus that racism is evil. Trumpism is trying to roll back that social-accord — and as we saw in Charlottesville and on January 6th they have had some success in doing so. But for now, the majority of Americans still find explicit expressions of overt racism repugnant. Which is why today’s white-supremacists assure their followers that if some law, action, or statement does not use a racial slur or make explicit mention of race it cannot be considered racist.
Pundits and polls are at one in predicting a victory for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the presidential election, portraying the vote as a non-military rerun of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, when the north defeated the south in what is regarded as a turning point in the civil war. The violence will be less this time round, but the hatred between the antagonists is at a similar level. More