WHO IS “AMERICA”? WHOSE “AMERICA” IS IT?

Ethnocentric thinking has long identified the only “real Americans” and “real America” as politically conservative, rural or suburban, Christian and White. The uniformity of the first 43 presidents symbolically affirmed this mode, paying a substantial social and psychological dividend to this group. Deep resentment arose among some when Barack Obama became a two-term president. Historian Nell Irvin Painter notes that “without Barack Obama, there is no Donald Trump” and that “ ‘Make America Great Again’ is a phrase whose ‘great’ was widely heard as ‘white.’” Historian Sarah Churchwell writes that the Trump campaign slogan “America First” actually has a lineage of nativism, including when the Ku Klux Klan tried to copyright it.  

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The Divided States of America
Demonization
Dehumanization
Cards and Canards
Who Is "America"? Whose "America" Is It?
Racism & Xenophobia
Immigrant Detentions and Contentions
Man Up
MeToo Movements
Misogyny and Misogynoir
Age-Related
Threats of Harm & Electoral Violence
Bullying, Shaming, and Lying
Transphobia
Homophobia
Pandemic Politics
Unmasked Meanings
God on Our Side
Gun Battles
Black Lives Matter
Pop Archetypes
Fake News, Troll Tidings
Disinformation and Conspiracy "Theories"
Talking Back to the Cap
Making and Remaking America
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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University

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