Donald Trump faces strident criticism from those who believe he has not distanced himself far enough from Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. If he won’t allow a single Muslim to immigrate to America because he fears terrorism, then how can he tacitly accept the support of people like David Duke? Or so that line of reasoning goes.
Debate over the issue sparked one of the most illuminating and honest exchanges about race in America that I’ve seen on televised news. All sorts of issues arise, but I find the rhetorical (has Trump distanced himself from those groups adequately?) and the philosophical (should we make connections between race and behavior?) most interesting. Should America strive to be a nation where people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character? I doubt there’s an “either/or” solution to the question, yet it seems that many people want there to be one. But I wonder if it’s that simple. Do people actually want to live in a color blind society? What would people have to give up in order to live in one?