The most racially polarised US election ever

As their once core demographic diminishes, Republicans are going to any lengths to capture and keep the white vote.

As Republicans were promoting themselves as a multiracial party from the platform in Tampa two weeks ago, an ugly incident on the convention floor suggested not everyone had got the memo. From the podium a range of speakers of Haitian, Mexican, Cuban and Indian descent spoke of how their parents had overcome huge barriers so they could succeed in the US. In the audience, a successful black woman who works for CNN was being pelted with peanuts by a convention-goer, who said: “This is how we feed the animals.” Read more


Gary Younge is a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian based in the US.

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