Tennessee Congressional candidate courts the “openly racist” vote

Tennessee Congressional candidate courts the “openly racist” vote

Plans to “Make America White Again”

Leaving aside the issue that America was never just white, so there is no “again” to go back to, Tennessee Congressional candidate Rick Tyler’s openly racist campaign signs are just… just so awful.

Tyler has funded two large billboards in his home county of Polk, Tennessee. One riffs on Trump’s campaign slogan by promising to “Make America White Again.” The other riffs on – of all people – Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech. “I have a dream,” it proclaims, over a picture of the Tennessee Capitol building flanked by Confederate flags.

Tyler claims that he’s not racist, he just longs for the 1960s, a mythical golden era when crime was low. Well, it was low for white people who were the main beneficiaries of the post-war boom. For non-white people, who faced segregation enforced by violence, towns with “Sundown” laws, entrenched systemic racism, and police brutality as a matter of course, things weren’t so great.