Donald Trump is not the first politician to openly stoke racism and hatred.
He is a part of a much larger system of white supremacy that is reinforced in our nation election after election.
It’s important to pull down Confederate symbols—many of which were erected as monuments to white supremacy during the Jim Crow era, decades after the Civil War. And we must also focus on the policy violence of voter suppression, attacks on immigrants, and denial of access to health care and living wages, which continue to oppress communities of color and the poor.
White supremacy is about maintaining power through the politics of division and oppression—and it impacts everyone, Black, brown, or white.
Advancing a moral agenda to confront and take down white supremacy in all its forms is work we all can do together. As I and my colleagues at Repairers of the Breach tour the country with the new #PoorPeoplesCampaign, the diversity of the communities committed to reviving the heart of democracy gives me hope