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Acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise explores how Donald Trump expertly tapped into long-simmering racial tensions and rode an accelerating wave of white anxiety and grievance straight to the White House.

Rejecting the notion that Trump's racial appeals to white voters during the 2016 campaign somehow represented a break with business as usual, Wise shows how the politics of racial scapegoating have been operative in conservative and establishment Republican circles for decades. He also rejects the notion that the rise of Trump can be explained by the Democratic Party's failure to speak to the economic anxieties of white working-class voters, showing how it was cultural anxiety, more than anything else, that motivated Trump's white supporters.

THE GREAT WHITE HOAX offers a fascinating look at how conservative political leaders and strategists have been tapping into anxieties about cultural change to win the support of white Americans, especially white men, for decades. And it makes a powerful case for why Trumpism, and the politics of racial scapegoating, are destined to fail in the end.

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Di

Excellent explanations historically about the great white hoax in this USA and the many monsters as well as the resident in the white house who promote the war on humanity -because their skin is white. Language matters so watch this to figure out why the monsters are winning ... but hope ...Read more

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Christine

Regarding the comment by “Ann”, this film is not just about Trump’s comments about Mexican’s it is about Trump tapping into racism, bigotry and misogyny in this country that he did not create but fueled. It’s not biased it’s the truth!

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ann

They should do a documentary on how George Soros and Hillary Clinton tried to overthrow Vladimir Putin and then they are using the same tactics of trying to bring down Trump.
Trump blasts the Democrats on how they always enslaved the black communities. The claimed he called Mexican ...Read more

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Zachary

wow the things people believe

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Lainey

SHARE

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Hobbesian

Very biased.

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Joe

Never conflate bias with facts. One can be biased while also being factual. This film simply presents the facts, in Trump's and others' words.

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Tanner

How so?

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Josh

Because it's true so it makes him feel like it is biased.

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Tanner

Criticism is not necessarily being biased.
Trump has made blatantly racist remarks and all the history in this video is factual and verifiable.

What specific parts are biased and subjective?

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Josh

I was sarcastic to the original comment.

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Dayna

As someone who has daily had to overcome the topics of this movie I certainly had a deep appreciation and many, many lean forward moments. It's a must see..I liked it a lot.

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Jen

Phenomenal documentary reviewing the frightening trend towards overt racism in the US since the rise of Trump. It also provides hope by highlighting the actions and movements which have mobilized to resist this trend.

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Joe

A tremendous documentary that intricately presents the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and sex in a very easily understood, cohesive way.

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David

I watched this because of it's racist title and it was every bit as racist as it's title. Everything about President Trump was spun to make him sound racist witch is nothing new. How unoriginal. It's scares me that Tim Wise is teaching this kind of garbage to America's youth. Don't bother ...Read more

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Karyn

If ignorance is indeed bliss, the trump cult members must be REALLY happy. I f the media wanted to hurt trump they would just not cover him at all, like they do to anyone they dont want to see become successful.

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Parixit

It would be better if you can open your eyes and mind to listen the truth. I am angry that people can be this stupid or ignorant to choose a racist for president. i just have sympathy for you and nothing more. BE HUMAN.

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Jen

David, I would encourage you to do some reading about the persistent history of racism in the US which has systematically disenfranchised people of color since it's inception. There are really phenomenal books out there that can help you discover the history that is rarely covered in basic ...Read more

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Joe

Edit.

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Randy

A great, deep and well researched documentary.