The 2020 Election is shaping up to have the most polarizing stances on race and history yet. Led by President Donald Trump, Republican candidates have been taking increasingly divisive positions on issues of racism, racial diversity, and the legacy of America’s past.
Some Republican candidates are taking a strong stance against racism, emphasizing the need to celebrate diversity and recognize America’s long history of racial oppression. President Trump, for instance, has called on voters to reject bigotry and stated that “all Americans—regardless of their background—should be able to pursue their dreams in any corner of this great nation.” Other candidates, like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have similarly committed to wiping out racism in America.
On the other hand, some Republicans are taking an even more extreme view on race and history. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has argued that the government should not “promote one race over another,” while others have argued that racism is a “non-issue.” Presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney (R), has said that “America is an idea, not a race,” and that “we should embrace the essential elements of life that we share in common no matter our race.”
The Republican Party has traditionally leaned toward a more conservative position on race and history, and these views have become even more extreme in recent years. This has left many Americans considering which candidate’s position truly reflects the values of their country. While some Republicans argue that racism is a “non-issue” and not one of the nation’s greatest challenges, others are advocating for a more inclusive vision of America, one that celebrates diversity and acknowledges the mistakes of the past. The coming election will undoubtedly shape the future of race and history in America, and the next president is sure to have a lasting impact.