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Hooper: Society can't laugh off Trump's campaign of hate

It's not funny anymore.

Donald Trump's blunt and often insulting talk about minorities fuels an atmosphere where separatists can start conversations about white supremacy.

The Washington Post recently reported on the trend, noting that separatists use Trump's campaign as, "a great outreach tool." Trump disavowing the KKK hasn't slowed the movement.

We can't ignore those who perpetuate bigotry and long to drag us back into the darkness of hate.

On the next episode of That's All I'm Saying, airing at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on WEDU-Ch. 3, we explore the question of how far Tampa Bay has come since the civil rights movement.

The question has only grown in relevance since the presidential campaign season started. …

For once, I want to credit the Florida Legislature for displaying some fiscal conservatism in not backing Gov. Rick Scott's call for $1 billion in tax cuts and $250 million in job incentives.

Every state is different, but Louisiana used a similar formula and that's one of the reasons it's mired in a major budget crisis.

Let's hope our lawmakers now will move to better fund some pressing needs, like providing a raise to government workers for the first time in eight years. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If All Else Fails, Use A Bigger Hammer. …

Look for Jeff Vinik and the Vinik Family Foundation to make a major donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay today. I'm told it may be the largest in the local organization's 90-year history. …

Speaking of Vinik, he boldly predicted the region will solve its transportation woes at a Poynter Institute event last week. Maybe he knows something we don't.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Society can't laugh off Trump's campaign of hate 03/06/16 [Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2016 10:15pm]
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