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The GOP Southern Strategy, AKA Racial Politcs is Not New

Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy | The Nation

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

You can listen to the entire audio embedded in the article.  However remember Ronald Reagan making his first stop after the convention is Philadelphia, Mississippi was no accident.  Using code to get working class whites to vote against their own economic interest has been a 40 year strategy.  The result are those that realized they were lied to by those they voted for now told the establishment GOP to fuck off.  The people of color they hated were moving up in society, hell one is President, and they were still struggling.  The result is the GOP nominee Donald Trump.  

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