A Battle for America's Racial Soul

Document Type

Letter to the Editor

Journal Title

The Baltimore Sun

Publication Date



With the requisite number of delegates needed for victory secured, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appear ready to receive their respective party nominations. Make no mistake: When they face each other in the fall, it will be nothing less than a battle for America's racial soul.

During the primary campaign, Donald Trump was asked by a reporter whether he would disavow the support of former KKK leader David Duke and white supremacist groups in general. Mr. Trump sidestepped the question, saying "I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists." As criticism to his response mounted, Mr. Trump said he did actually disavow Duke and blamed his earlier non-committal statement on a "bad earpiece." Because of the equipment malfunction, Mr. Trump said, "I could hardly hear what he's saying."