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The First White President – By Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

IT IS INSUFFICIENT TO STATE THE OBVIOUS OF Donald Trump: That he is a white man who would NOT be president were it NOT for this fact.

With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness — that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them.

Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House.     Continue reading

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