In 2008 it was all about Reverend Jeremiah Wright and race.
Fast forward to 2016 and the issues are pretty close, except this time it’s worse.
This time immigrants, Muslims, women, race and the KKK are now front and center with a vengeance.
Here’s Donald Trump responding to a question about The Ku Klux Klan and its former Grand Wizard David Duke, who by the way, asked his supporters to vote for Donald Trump.
Tapper: “Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or other white supremacists in this election?”
Trump: “Well just so you understand I don’t know anything about David Duke. Ok? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I don’t know, did he endorse me? Or, what’s going on? Because you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”
Trump later rejected any claims of support, and said he couldn’t hear the question because of a bad earpiece.
He also said he has condemned the Klan numerous times in the past.
Whatever Trump’s intention, you must admit that it is unfortunate, to say the least, that we’ve found ourselves discussing the KKK’s role in a presidential election in the year 2016.
This election seems to have uncovered something in America that many believed, or at least hoped, was a thing of the past.
We’re living it, seeing it and debating it almost every single day.
Of course racism still exists – no way are we living in a colorblind society – as made plain in this discussion on CNN on Super Tuesday with Democratic analyst Van Jones and Donald Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord.
Van Jones: “We have a big problem at this point now. Because I agree with you about a lot. I think we have taken him not seriously. We have not respected his voters. But there is a dark under sight here. And S.E. is right, he is whipping up and tapping into and punching buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people. Number one, when he is playing funny with the Klan that is not cool.
Lord: “He didn’t play funny with the Klan.”
Van Jones: “Hold on a second, I know this man. When he gets passionate about terrorism. I know how he talks about terrorism. The Klan is a terrorism organization that has killed…”
Lord: “A leftist terrorist organization.”
Van Jones: “Label it what you want, that’s your game to play. No, you need to take a serious look at the fact that this man is playing fast and loose footsie. When you talk about terrorism, he gets passionate he says no this is wrong. But when you talk about the Klan: oh I don’t know, I don’t know. That’s wrong.”
Lord ended by saying America would be better off when politicians stopped putting so much emphasis on race and instead follow Dr. King’s wish for a colorblind society.
Problem is Dr. King never dreamed of a colorblind society.
Dr. King dreamed of a society where people were judged on content of character while still being loved and recognized for their backgrounds, beliefs and uniqueness – a society where we all bring something different to the table.