Today in "white Republicans say anything," Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore took the prize. As a Los Angeles Times article from September resurfaced, we can see his problematic light shining extremely bright. Besides his sketchy political history, Alabama still seems to think of him as the better candidate. After hearing some of the things he's said, we have an inclination of why.
At a Florence, Ala, rally, the former judge outlined all the wrongs he sees in Washington and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” He warned of “the awful calamity of abortion and sodomy and perverse behavior and murders and shootings and road rage” as “a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”
One of the only African Americans in the audience (surprised there were any) went on to ask Moore when he thought that America was last “great.” Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions but said: “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
I'm sorry, what? Families were strong? Clearly, he's referencing white families because last we checked, slavery destroyed the black family structure. So America is only great when rich white people are prospering at the expense of black folks? Because if that's the case, that's going on right now.
He also referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as "reds and yellows," letting us know that his racism is for all.
We seem to have another case of the "silent majority" standing with Moore in the same way they did with Trump. The notion that as long as white people are good, America is great continues to take politicians far. However, if you ask any person of color the last time America was great, you'll most likely get close to never.