Racism and xenophobia thrive in an economy where workers of all races fight one another for the scraps of opportunity that are left. From Weimar Germany to Rust Belt America. My drive from Chicago to Boston took me through a multitude of communities that all had the same thing in common: isolation from the thriving global economy, terrible infrastructure, and high rates of drug abuse and Trump support.
We need to connect the places in America that aren’t doing well to the places that are. A 21st century Marshall Plan to rebuild our own nation instead of somebody else’s. This will open up affordable cities to young urban professionals and competitive job markets to working families desperate for them. It won’t eliminate inequality or racism, but it will reduce the concentration of both in our most politically volatile communities.