Accuracy in Media

York, Pa., and the rest of America have become a more racially tense place in the last year.

It’s all President Trump’s fault, according to a story in the Boston Globe.

“Trump’s election a year ago profoundly altered the United States in ways that continue to reverberate, but perhaps most visibly and disturbingly in how we talk to one another, especially about the hardest things, like the nation’s racial divide,” wrote the Globe’s Matt Viser in a piece entitled, “A Year After Trump’s Election, York, Pa., is Forever Changed.”

“The volume is up; the edge is sharp. Old grievances feel new, and civility is being sorely tested.”

Viser writes that Trump carried York County, 63-33, and the 33 have not known a moment’s comfort since.

He opens with a story about a mother keeping her daughter out of school in the days after the election because she feared a race riot that never materialized. “The morning after, Trump’s win seemed less like a victory for democracy – the kind celebrated in high school civics classes – than a trigger for tensions felt across York County and the rest of America.”

“York parents found themselves frantically trying to contact their kids as the school seethed with racial hostility,” he wrote. “A year later, they haven’t stopped worrying” … even though there’s still been no race riot.

York, he wrote, is “the kind of place where a simple Trump sign or cardboard cutout is seen by some as a show of pride in working-class values, but by others as a racist affront. Since Trump’s election, York residents have been un-friending one another on Facebook, avoiding one another at grocery store checkout lines, and leaving churches whose pews now feel uncomfortable.”

They also “tear up when speaking about their community and the once-close ties that are now growing frayed.”

Although “outwardly, life in York County and at the school that never had the race riot “seems to have returned to something like normal” after Trump’s first year, “the class resentments, racism, and xenophobia that became flashpoints during the election have hardened, not healed.”

He introduces us to Tonya Thompson-Morgan, who he says “has found herself blocking some of her old high school classmates and other Facebook friends …. When she walked around the York Fair this summer and saw peop0le handing out signs that read ‘Trump is still my president,’ she “felt turned away from the only community she’s ever known.”

“’When can we heal? When is there a healing process?’’ she says, taking a long pause to compose herself and wipe away tears.”

He tells us of the donut shop owner who put Trump photos on his delivery trucks, created a Trump donut and displayed a “Make America Great Again” flag out front.

And at the vo-tech school, where, Viser admitted, “any white student who supported Trump was almost immediately tagged a racist” and pro-Trump signs and clothes, and those of Black Lives Matter, were treated like gang insignias by school administrators, who ordered them removed.

He tells us about the African-American mayor of York, who, when planning to visit the school, was told to go only with a uniformed police escort.

“I’ve had escorts before, but never to a school,” the mayor said. “It was eerie. You just didn’t think of that in York. It woke us up. It woke us up to the reality that we have a new president. Things are going to be different.”

All in response to a potential race riot that never materialized and a series of other incidents that school officials came to doubt ever happened.

“We investigated numerous things that never happened,” said David Thomas, the school’s director. “Kids forget we have video cameras. There was a lot of getting on the bandwagon to get on the news. It got kids on TV. Kids want to be on TV.”

Viser proved half his thesis in this story. York is different than before Trump got elected. But he doesn’t make the case York’s real and imagined racial and social problems are Trump’s fault. He makes the case there are a lot of people there who still haven’t gotten over the results of the election. Those are not the same, although he wants you to think they are.




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Comments

  • SingleCut

    Truth be known, racial tensions in this country have been getting steadily worse since 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president. As America’s first African American president he had a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King and bring further healing to this country. Unfortunately, he was more interested in creating division rather than healing it. His eloquent campaign lies dripped with honey and too many Americans fell for it. Where we stand today as a nation racially is his legacy. Obama is an evil man who was more interested in advancing a radical ideology rather than helping Americans. His eight years made life worse for African Americans, not better. Shame on him.

  • Danny S.

    This article fails to mention the Democrats have never accepted the Trump presidency. Race and antisocial groups do most of the talking for Democrats who don’t do anything to tamper it down. You have pro sports teams who flame the fires of racism by refusing to visit the white house and disrespecting the flag keep the hate story going. You have a Democratic congress that doesn’t even take part in legislation that is good for the Democratic base. The new tax bill and healthcare bills were deemed bad by the Democrats even before the proposed programs were unveiled.

  • thesafesurfer

    So now “Obama’s America” with police getting slaughtered at Black Lives Matters rallies is “Trump’s fault.”

    So coming into office liberal democrats said everything was “Bush’s fault” and upon leaving office everything is “Trump’s fault.”

    Liberal Democrats have a “bovine scatology” problem.

  • efred1

    No, you fascist dimwits at the Boston Globe, it’s OBAMA, and fascists like you who are constantly fomenting racial tension.

    It was Trump who went to a black Baptist Church in Detroit last year, and told them that he WANTED them to have good, high-paying jobs that they liked going to, and that they were off government programs.

  • TPS12

    msm and the dems are totally responsible for pushing the racist agenda it’s all they have. They see race in everything and truth in nothing.

  • Paul Anderson Ed.D.

    The media and the Democrats, are at the root of Racial Tension. It’s Obama the Democrat, that has been behind the racial tension on the streets of the US. Remember, he is known as the community organized.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The communist movements in this country are stronger than ever.

  • John Cunningham

    The fact we have any racial tension at all is because of Barack Obama and the race baiters that thought when he was elected they were going to take America over. Donald Trump is only saying the BS stop’s now.

  • Petrinoid

    Same scared / angry faces staring into the camera are voiced on this site …
    http://stonergirlsguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/7691267_1_l.jpg

  • Steven Dietrich

    Confusing Trump with Obama, deliberately.

  • TED

    Trump was a pariah for the 40 years BEFORE he was elected President … and he’s multiple times worse now because his bu**sh** affects many millions more people!

  • Bruce

    BLAME Mainstream Media–Not Trump. They bring on race-baiting pundits, one after another to poke white folks in the eye, and the moment they retaliate suddenly they’re the worse KKK/Nazi racists in the world. The fact that this article was even written, and now shared by AIM illustrates this point. Leave us the fuck alone, and we’ll be alright. People (all races) have more common sense than you media think we do. I’ll be packing in-case my good neighbor leaves his manners at home.

  • Richard Schmidt

    Must be true! There was no racial tension under Obama. Was there?

  • worried for future

    The prime method of attack by the Left is to accuse them of exactly what they themselves are responsible for. This is a tactic described in Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals book. They are perfect examples of hypocrisy but it fools those who want to believe it’s true and just need reassurance.

  • worried for future

    Of course you are being cynical, I surely hope so.