Claims he got elected because ‘not-very-hidden racism’ connected with many Americans
April 16, 2018
A mainstream history text book, stocked in schools and libraries, has sections in its 2019 edition that declare President Trump to be an open racist, and claims that he only got elected because most of his voters are also racists.
The Advanced Placement edition of “By The People: A History of the United States,” published by Pearson, contains several sections which have been flagged up by conservatives as partisan, biased, and even potentially libelous.
Regarding the 2016 US elections, the textbook basically claims that all Trump voters were white, mentally unstable, old ‘rural’ people of a bygone era who are afraid of development and are xenophobic (at best), racist (at worst), and sexists.
Trump’s supporters saw the vote as a victory for the people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America–a mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group. Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender, and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history. They also worried about the mental instability of the president-electand the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.
The author of the book is James W. Fraser, Professor of History and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.
His bio states that the book is “designed to help make US History courses more lively, with a focus on the agency of everyday Americans of many different communities, times, and places.”
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It continues, “Fraser’s work also reflects his concern with complex debates about the…