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Trump chose Ben Carson for HUD secretary, the U.S. government blocked the Dakota Access Pipeline, Americans debated how to deal with racism, and more.
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Racial Tensions: In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, many Democrats have criticized Hillary Clinton for ignoring the white working class. Yet Clinton did present plans aimed to benefit workers as part of a broadly pluralist vision for America, which suggests a more troubling possibility—that for some voters, the idea of protecting workers was less important than the idea of protecting white workers in particular. You could call that attitude racist, but would that risk alienating such voters even further? Here’s a case for why confronting racism head-on is important for society as a whole, even when it might not persuade individuals. Meanwhile, as the self-described alt-right movement gives anti-Semitism a new and ugly presence in public discourse

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