The race is still a big topic in American politics, with both Democrats and Republicans regularly using the term to describe a range of issues.
But the topic is increasingly being used as a coded way to distance themselves from the “racism” of the Confederacy and other groups, including white nationalists, in particular.
On Wednesday, the White House’s official Twitter account posted a graphic with the words “the race” on the screen: The “race” in the graphic is meant to suggest the white race is being treated differently than other groups in America, the United States of America.
The graphic also suggests that the Confederate flag is not just “a symbol of hate” but also a symbol of oppression and racism.
“We should be thinking about all groups of people,” the president wrote in the tweet.
“No group of people should be treated differently just because they are different races.”
This is a big deal.
It is important to be able to talk about these issues and to talk honestly about what is at stake, especially in a polarized political environment.
So, I asked @WhiteHouse and @POTUS about the ‘Race’ tag.
https://t.co/Jf8fPwV8yZ — President Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2019White House spokesman Ryan Williams wrote in a tweet that the “race tag” was a way for the White Senate to “address a common criticism of the president and his team.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at a briefing that the tag was not meant to be a racial slur but to acknowledge “that a lot of people are not seeing things the way the president wants them to see.”
WhiteHouse press secretary Ryan Williams told reporters that the WhiteSenate’s tag is not meant as a racial slurs, but to address a common complaint about the president.
The hashtag #TheRace is a way to acknowledge that a lot is not as it seems.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 10, 2019It also echoes a tweet from White House press aide Jen Psaki, who said on Wednesday that the “#TheRace” tag was a “good way to recognize the common criticisms of the President and his administration.”
Psaki, whose agency oversees the president’s Twitter account, said the tag “is meant to acknowledge the common criticism that the President’s team has of certain media outlets.”
Psakis also said that “no group of Americans should be considered racist or sexist or anything of that nature.”
But the tag has been used to dismiss criticism of Trump’s policies, which include the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, and his handling of the Charlottesville riots.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that “the hashtag # TheRace is not intended to be racial slur.
It’s meant to address the common complaints that people have about certain media organizations.
pic.twitter.com/rFqkp4eOgG — PressSec (@Presssec) February 9, 2019Some critics have suggested that the use of the term “the white race” in a way that suggests that “racists” are in charge is racist.
But the term is used by many white Americans as a way of acknowledging that white Americans are, in fact, Americans who are not defined by their race.
White people are Americans who don’t belong to any group or ideology.
It was never a race issue, it was a civil rights issue.
WhiteAmericans have always been Americans, they’re Americans first and foremost.
And when people say they don’t identify with a particular group, that’s a race.
The President should recognize that.
White Americans are Americans, and the President should be mindful that he and his White House team should not be trying to paint people with the wrong brush, or try to demonize or label people with a different color of skin or a different culture or even a different religion or a culture they don, quote, “believe in.”