THE GREAT WHITE HOAX
Donald Trump & the Politics of Race and Class in America
During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump was accused by Democratic and Republican leaders alike of running a stunningly racist campaign that broke with the decency of traditional American political norms. In The Great White Hoax, bestselling author Tim Wise takes issue with this narrative, showing how Trump’s race-baiting electoral appeals were entirely consistent with a longstanding pattern of fear-based racial scapegoating in American politics.
The Great White Hoax, featuring acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support.