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Trump Is Our Next President. What Now?

Nov 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton supporters emotional at campaign headquarters.

Two days after the election, we continue the conversation about what a Donald Trump presidency will mean going forward.

Tom is joined in the studio by Michael Fletcher, a senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated, and the co-author of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas.

Joining on the phone is Sheri Parks. She's an Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of MD College Park, where she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies. Dr. Parks is the author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman.

This conversation was recorded on Wednesday, November 9. 

On November 8th, voters chose Donald Trump to be the next President. As Americans come to terms with the idea of a Trump presidency, many questions still remain. What does the election of Donald Trump tell us about our country’s apparent embrace of unprecedented change, and what does it tell us about what Americans are repudiating? Is this a repudiation of civility in politics?  Is it an embrace of isolationism, and a repudiation of tolerance? Is it, as Mr. Trump suggested early this morning, a cry from those who have been forgotten, or is it a mean-spirited and fear-fueled affirmation of a system that favors white people over people of color?  

Sheri Parks is an Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of MD College Park, where she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies.  She’s the author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman.  Michael Fletcher is a senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated, and the co-author of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas. Barry Rascovar is a longtime political observer, who writes for, among other publications, MarylandReporter.com. They join Tom in the studio to discuss the what Donald Trump's win means going forward.