LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE

(NNPA)—The first backlash election of the presidency of President Barack Obama’s time in office was 2010 when Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives lost 63 House seats. It was the greatest loss of seats by a party in the House since 1938.

The second backlash election was 2014 when there was a 72-year low in voter turnout. In 43 states, less than half the eligible voting population voted. In New York the turnout was only 28.8 percent. One has to go back to 1942 to find lower voter turnout.

The third backlash election is obvious. It was the election on Nov. 8 of born-on-third-base reality TV narcissist Donald Trump. Trump’s surprise victory arrives with the predictable edicts that, “it had nothing to do with race” even though Trump’s boasting and scapegoating of immigrants and stereotyping of African Americans was an often repeated mantra.

Now we have swastikas written on high school walls. On Nov. 11, Black students at the University of Pennsylvania were targeted for racist harassment the day after it was reported that the Ku Klux Klan plans to rally in celebration of Trump’s victory on Dec. 3 in North Carolina.

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, what followed was a backlash. Soon there was the campaign of Alabama’s proudly segregationist Gov. George Wallace. Then, there was Nevada Sen. Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon’s talk of “law and order.”

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