…rotic whites had to be addressed by cooler means. But in 2016, Trump brought back the heat—and won. It seems that history has led us in a circle back to Alabama days, a circle so wide, so encompassing of far horizons, that we hadn’t known this journey that looked so much like progress was in fact a fantasy, a happy story we told ourselves along the way.
“we” seems to be the keyword here; “we” likely meaning “white Americans”. The rest of us were deeply in touch with the reality that white Americans were fortunate enough to escape from via means of fantastical ignorance or rejection of the stories their non-white counterparts desperately shared.