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(October 2, 2018) Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 begins with footage of a street rally/party for Hillary Clinton on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, interspersed with Democratic establishment politicians and pundits claiming confidently that Donald Trump is never going to be president. Moore argues that the Democratic Party establishment miscalculated and compromised too much. They paved the way for Trump.
(05-16-2018, updated 07-08-2018) To discuss race and real estate, we must go back the start of white land use in America. Slavery gave the white South land, labor, currency, collateral and political clout. It was a slave economy. The wealth and power of the large plantation owners--the richest property owners in the country--depended entirely on their number of slaves.
(05-1-2018, updated 07-08-2018) Segregated housing policies and racially biased redlining led to the current racial housing Division. How did we get to so many impoverished black neighborhoods, especially inner-city neighborhoods? It wasn't inevitable. A brief history of black housing.
Racial inequity didn't end in 1865. The present disparity started with black codes, then continued with Jim Crow. Some segregation policies lasted into the 1970s.
Nate Salsbury's Slavery Spectacular! Showed off the “Fun-Loving Darky of Old Slavery Days.” Really. So began revisionist history and nostalgia for the antebellum South.
The 13th Amendment Loophole Kept Slavery Alive. The 1800s interstate slave trade between the slave-breeding states and the Deep South was lucrative. Isaac Franklin became one of the South's richest landowners. One plantation in Louisiana was Angola.
An article: "The Nazi Breeding and Infanticide Program You Probably Never Knew About". Hitler admired American eugenics programs--not a source of pride for the U.S. after 1940.
"I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and I wouldn't lose any voters," Trump said. He focuses on the poorly educated, who he sees as useful idiots. Hitler's thoughts exactly.
Trump is toxic masculinity personified: he admires male aggression and dictators, he takes anti-intellectualism to the next level, and his fascination with war is frightening.