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Trump Meets with Obama, Ushering in The Return of White Privilege in the White House

obama-and-trump-1In 1930, just months after the devastating stock market crash that launched the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover spent $30,000 to install the very first air conditioning system in the Oval Office. Meanwhile, Americans across the nation suffered as the summer of 1930 set the record in Washington for the number of days temperatures reached or exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This unprecedented heat ushered in the Dust Bowl, an era of unusually hot and dry summers that caused disastrous crop failures, caused numerous heat-related deaths, and contributed to the economic hardships of the Great Depression.

No group was hit harder during the Great Depression than the African Americans, who, by 1932, had an unemployment rate of 50%. And as poor Americans struggled to feed their families and protect themselves from the overwhelming heat, the white, Stanford-educated president stayed cool and comfortable in the White House.

Since the founding of this country, white privilege has kept the line between the “haves” and the “have-nots” clearly defined. It has kept white men in the White House and everyone else in the hot, dusty depths of a divided nation. That is, until Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008.

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