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Paul Beatty: ‘For me, Trump’s America has always existed’ | Books | The Guardian
Booker prize winner says president’s rise is not a shock and race relations have improved very little, even under Obama [...] this xenophobia, this fear, this insecurity, with [Indian prime minister Narendra] Modi here, [Rodrigo] Duterte in the Philippines, they’ve always been there, but the fact that they’re making progress, that’s scary.” [...] For many, Obama’s presidency marked an era of change in America. But Beatty always doubted the rosy image of improving race relations under the nation’s first black president that was presented at the time. Some of his students, he says, were horrified and hurt when their own parents started spouting pro-Trump rhetoric. “What’s to be hurt by? Why are you hurt? Is this new for you? How is this new?”
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
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