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Re: Ray Watson’s “Consider source of your arguments.” Is Donald Trump a racist? In 1973 his company was sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination. He and his father had a company policy of not renting apartments to blacks. In 1989 Trump took out ads in four major New York City newspapers calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five. He did this soon after their identities were released and it became known that they were not white and months before they went to trial and were convicted. In his mind they were guilty until proven innocent. Why? Because of the color of their skin? Eventually, after spending years in prison, they were exonerated with DNA evidence. But Trump still believes them guilty.

Trump was arguably the most prominent purveyor of the Obama birther conspiracy theories. He calls Mexican and Central American migrants and immigrants murderers, rapists and drug dealers. He calls them animals and disease ridden. He has no compassion for the children of these asylum seekers and locks them in cages. “Go back to where you came from” is a racist trope. Nearly 63% of the population of Baltimore is black. “No human being would want to live there,” he said.

Racist: “A person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.” Is Trump a racist? The question is a no-brainer. But in Trump-world those who call out his racism are labeled racist and those who stand up for their right to criticize his corrupt administration are labeled un-American.

Carol Anderson, PHD, is a well-respected professor of African American studies at Emory University which ranks as one of the world’s leading research universities. Her book, “White Rage,” is an accurate historical analysis of our country's racial divide. According to the Media Bias Chart 4.0, Time is considered “complex analysis or mix of fact reporting and analysis,” “fair interpretation of the news” and “minimum or balanced bias.” And just for comparison, Fox News is considered “selective or incomplete story; unfair persuasion,” “extreme/unfair interpretation of the news” and “hyper-partisan right.”

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