A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES

1. It’s Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

2. Here’s country No. 1: Donald Trump won the Nevada caucus, garnering almost 46% of those who showed up. That was nearly twice as many people as stood up to support Marco Rubio or more than twice as many as those who backed Ted Cruz.

By all accounts, the people who voted in Nevada are angry about something. Angry about the economy. Angry about whatever the government does.

They’re especially angry about immigration. They see the idea of diversity in this society as a problem rather than an opportunity. Immigrants are sucking up their tax dollars, taking their jobs, succeeding where they are not.

3. Here’s country No. 2: The Academy Awards have generated controversy this year because there is not a single person of color nominated for an acting award. That fact has resurrected many of the complaints about Hollywood, that it is too white and too male.

The New York Times tackles that online this morning with a nice interactive. Women of all descriptions, and men of color or who are gay all weigh in on how difficult it is to sustain a career in the movie industry. 

4. What is troubling about both these countries is that, of course, they’re the same country: The United States of America. And yet, neither of these countries has any concept about the other one.

The people who are voting for Trump aren’t the least bit sympathetic to the people who are complaining about the movie industry. In fact, they think there are too many movies that pander to minorities, women or gays and lesbians. They’re waiting for Hollywood to come up with the next John Wayne.

The Hollywood folks who want more diversity in film production reflect the views of the people around them, the creative and diverse communities on both coasts. They can’t see why there isn’t recognition of this nation’s diversity, that quality and the market transcend race, gender and sexual orientation.

The 2016 election is a collision course for these two countries. There is no way the people in country No. 2 will be comfortable in a nation in which country No. 1 prevails. Country No. 1 believes it has lived long enough under the thumb of country No. 2, in the form of Barack Obama and his black otherness.

How America solves this will be the great test of this time. There are a lot of angry people out there, and the big problem is that we’ve become angry with each other.

The resolution could be painful.

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