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Trump Effect: Minnesota mayoral candidate shocking racial rant (VIDEO)

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Nothing shocks me these days with the level of racism still prevalent in America that is a part of the Trump effect. But this one sent chills down my spine with the matter-of-fact nature with which this politician said what he said about trains and 'the coloreds' that should embarrass the country.

This Minnesota mayoral candidate unleashed a racial rant about trains and coloreds that one must watch to believe. The Trump effect makes this speech vogue.

Many in the majority population tend to believe that the discrimination and abuse people of color speak about ad nauseam is either the playing of the race card, a crutch, or a begging for pity. It is not. Under the Trump era, many feel the freedom to release their inner racist demons even as they held it in in the past. Ironically, it may be cathartic to America that those with these feeling expose themselves. For the aggrieved, it is less stressful to know who they are than to assume based on involuntary actions and responses.

The Trump Effect in action

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RawStory reported the following about Hopkins, Minnesota mayoral candidate Bob Ivers.

A candidate running to be mayor of Hopkins, MN let fly with a mind-bogglingly racist rant during a debate about light rail lines that has to be seen to be believed. ...

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"You listen, and you listen real close," Ivers said during a candidate forum with incumbent mayor Molly Cummings.

"It's another socialist ruination of a town," he went on. "And this is what's going to happen, and everybody be forewarned, and you listen, and you listen real close. All the Chicago and Detroit riffraff that's moved into 'Welfare-apolis,' they're going to get on that train. And you know where they're going to end up? They're going to end up down at the depot. And they're going to end up with yours, and yours, and yours granddaughters, and daughters, and grandsons. And I predict within two months of that coming through here, there's going to be a shooting down at that kid's depot. So everybody think about that."

Later in the forum, Ivers described the population of Hopkins as "90 percent white," with "10 percent coloreds and Mexicans and Asians that are here."

But, he warned, if the light rail line is built, "you're going to have all the ethnics you want."

Welcome to the America many of us knew existed. Now, can we do something about it?

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Excuse me, Egberto, but why is this rant "racial"? He says "riff-raff," which is not a racial term. I am not defending him or what he says, but you need to defend your description of what this guy says (who I don't know from Adam) as a "racial rant," especially when it jumps to No. 1 in page views on OEN. Why does it deserve this attention?

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Before Egberto tells me that I am blind to what this guy is "really" saying, let me suggest that he is mistaking "race" for "class": see here. Maybe this little incident is a good place to discuss the subject in general. It is obviously of great interest, since as of now 3.6 times more people have looked at this article on OEN than have looked at the next most interesting article, which is about Tillerson and "the Moron."

I live in Germany but I can imagine the same discussion taking place here, with the mayoral candidate of a suburb of Berlin complaining about a rail connection that would bring "riff-raff" (foreigners, refugees) to their fine little "German" town.

The subject is universal, but what is it, exactly? Is it a question of race, class, religion, national or cultural origin, income, or what? Here I don't think it is race, since most refugees are not "black." Would it make a difference if the "outsiders" coming in, from Chicago or Berlin, were affluent? "Class" is defined economically, is it not?

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We can all listen to the rant. I know you are not defending him but don't you hear the dog whistles?

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I would call it xenophobia, which applies to AfD (Alternative for Germany) ranters here too, who are afraid of "too many" (primarily Syrian) refugees. I suspect what this guy is worried about is poor people getting on a commuter train and coming out from the big city to somehow "pollute" his affluent neighborhood -- though according to Wiki "Hopkins has a much lower homeownership rate than neighboring communities" so it can't be that affluent. He doesn't want his granddaughter exposed to poverty-stricken and perhaps desperate people from the big city who could rob or rape her.

These are exactly the same fears AfDers have here, and their ranks have grown considerably, as witnessed in the recent election. There are three solutions: keep them out (and throw some of them out), distribute them more equally not only throughout Germany but throughout the EU (some countries, like Poland, refuse to cooperate), or integrate them. Bob the Ranter wants to keep them out.

But if you just dismiss the Bobs as "racists," to which in this country you can add "Nazis," you are doing nothing to solve the problem, and in fact making it worse because Bob the Ranter will resent being called a racist and a Nazi, which are also dog whistles, and feel, rightly, that his grievance is not being understood or even listened to. That in turn attracts real racists and real Nazis, who will join Bob and more likely than not turn Bob into one of them if he is not one already.

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My white exceptionalism took a big harsh hit watching that guy. Somehow I have the feeling that, while racists such as that candidate are speaking more loudly and openly than before, their total numbers are dropping. In and around very white Bellingham, I see heartwarming examples of racial harmony and very little overt bigotry. I hope what I see is indicative of where our society is going and that the fascists cannot stop the trend.

The racist candidate was using basic fear mongering trying to win his election. The other big technique is jobs. Our ruling class always manipulates the job market to keep the rest of us competing and fighting among each other. With the increase of robotics and AI, there aren't going to be many jobs in the future. There are compassionate, social ways around this transition, but our rulers are more likely to use the change to make the rest of us fight each other. We have to combat the fear mongering and financial insecurity being used drive us apart. The problems are not between us, they are with the boot that is stepping on us all.

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