Earlier this week, I posted an item on Michele Norris, of NPR, who as a guest on CBS’s “Face the Nation” declared that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has an insidious message enocded in it that can be heard only by people of color:
In the phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ there’s one word that if you are a person of color, that you sort of stumble over, and it’s the word ‘again’. Because you’re talking about going back to a time that was not very comfortable for people of color. They did not have opportunities, they were relegated to the back of the line.
It turns out Norris is not the only the Democrat to hear that dog whistle. Back in December, Symone Sanders, former press secretary for Bernie Sanders (no relation), made a similar argument:
[Make America Great Again] takes us back to a time when we were in slavery, when we were in chains, when we worked on plantations, internment camps for the Chinese.
She went on to clarify that not “every single Trump supporter is racist, but … we have to be real and understand that the populism around Donald Trump’s campaign was intrinsically tied to racism.” Which sounds as though she is saying that every single Trump supporter is racist after all.
On Tuesday Sanders had an opportunity to her train her keen observational skills on another matter that seems to center racism . She was on a panel moderated by CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss the heinous live-streamed torture of a white special needs man by four black Chicago teens. Her “analysis” begins at approximately 0:39 in the video.
After conceding that the actions of the mob were “sickening, she changes gears:
I want to say something that’s not very popular. We cannot callously go about classifying things as a hate crime. Motive here matters. So, was this for hate of Donald Trump … because of the things he has said, or was this for pure hate of white people?