Attacks on Andrew Gillum show the true face of racism in the U.S.
Since Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for the governorship of Florida, his skin color has become the talk of Republicans and fascist groups, giving a sample of the reality of racism in the U.S.
In the 21st century, racism and segregation should have become old stories. But after the presidential campaign and the administrative agenda of Donald Trump, racism in the United States has taken on new momentum, perhaps even with the backing of the White House.
After the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year and the radical anti-immigrant measures designed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and company, the country is now hot ground in racial debates.
Proof of this is in the comments of the Republican candidate for the Florida governorship, Ron DeSantis, after the victory in the Democratic primary of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.
"The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state," DeSantis said. "That is not going to work. That's not going to be good for Florida."
Needless to say, to use the word "monkey" in any manner regarding an African-American candidate is difficult to perceive as "unintentional".
To aggravate the matter, just a few days ago a one-minute robocall circulated around the state with "jungle" type music and drums with a voice presenting itself as Andrew Gillum's, making fun of the African-American community in the United States.
According to the New York Times, the recording said: "We Negroes… done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an’ stone."
He goes on to say that he will "pass a law letting African-Americans evade arrest if ‘the Negro know fo’ sho’ he didn’t do nothin,’" the report continues.
For his part, Gillum declared on CNN that he wanted to make sure "that we don’t racialize and, frankly, weaponize race as part of this process." Also, the candidate added that "people are taking their cues from (DeSantis), from his campaign and from Donald Trump."
At the end of the recording, you can hear the attribution of its authorship to an Idaho-based white supremacist and anti-Semitic group called Road To Power, according to the Washington Post.
This is not the first automated recording aiming to mock a candidate. Several of them have been broadcast throughout the country, including campaigns in California, Alexandria, and Charlottesville.
The symptom that the country presents seems to be that of a pronounced infection of racism "tolerated" and protected by a White House that refuses to denounce such racially motivated acts, which work to make people of color foreign agents to American society.