Ok. And I do not agree with that. But I am not shocked by this type of thinking becoming more prevalent for the exact same reason that the Salon article author is not shocked by it.In a separate thread I posted a link to an article about Kris Kobach. His entire shtick is demographics. The approach is to build a legal veneer around the basic idea of limiting the electorate to white people as the only way to guarantee a continuation of white anglo culture. This strikes me as a pretty pure example of racism at work. Far from marginalizing bad actors Trump is mainstreaming them.
If identity is the most important factor (I would argue that it is not) in political power, then some people will start to gravitate towards those arguments. In other words, it is really easy to convince poor disaffected individuals that the "other" is their main roadblock to prosperity. Some bring that message behind "white privelege" and others behind "They took our jobs" or "They are just more prone to criminality". White racism in this country is historically more prevalent and has had the largest deleterious effect on minorities of their day and I think at one point we had an effective strategy and a positive trajectory to minimize its impact. I think most of us would agree that has reversed. Why do you think that is? I agree with the author's reasoning.