“In the United States, we know what happens when we start dividing ourselves along lines of race or religion or ethnicity. It’s dangerous,” he said. Not just for the minority groups that are subjected to that kind of discrimination or, in some cases in the past violence, but because we don’t then realize our potential as a country when we’re preventing blacks or Latinos or Asians or gays or women from fully participating in the project of building American life.”
The increasing pain felt by working people had led to a growing suspicion of elites and governing institutions. And that sometimes gets wrapped up in issues of ethnic identity or religious identity or cultural identity and that can be a volatile mix”.