Why so many whites think they are discriminated against

11/9/2017, 6 a.m.

This was a classic wedge issue that, once layered over with the scare and scapegoating of Muslims, fed the notion that minorities, especially those here illegally and those who might be potential terrorists, were being given kid-glove treatment by a black president, Obama, and for a time, a liberal Democratic-controlled Congress.

There’s also the widespread notion that everything from historic voting rights protections to affirmative action are relics of a long bygone racist past and should be summarily dumped in the historic dust bin. Trump and the GOP have sold a wide body of the public that to continue to fight for these supposedly unnecessary relics is just a self-serving, greedy grab by the much rivaled “civil rights establishment” to protect its racial turf, and feather its own nest. Those hurt most by this supposedly are whites.

So, the poll on whites and discrimination ties directly into other polls and surveys that show that a significant number of whites support white nationalism, will fight tooth and nail to protect Confederate monuments, and will lustily boo black NFL players who take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. And, even more deadly, they lambast civil rights groups and Black Lives Matter for daring to protest police violence.

This is the Trump era with a vengeance, in which a president tells whites they are the underdog and he’s there to stop the alleged hemorrhaging from minorities against them. Who, then, can really be surprised that many whites believe this?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.