1. To counter the Civil Rights Movement, Southern politicians implemented the rhetoric of “law and order” which not only equated the opposition with criminals, but also leveled their political agenda with chaos, destruction and degradation of moral values. Soon after it was obvious that behind a changed wording, the strategy of the politicians in the South remained racist – instead of openly talking about the negative impact of “black race” on American society, the politicians began promoting the idea of eradicating crime. By implication, many poor and working-class southern white voters would find that appealing and, considering their discontent with the Democratic party and its support of the Civil Rights Movement, would change their political preferences.  
  2. It seems to me that the Southern Strategy, as much as it could have been worded  differently to attract a modern voter, still has a solid grip on American society. Last year, following the killing of George Lloyd, mass protests erupted across America – the Trump administration used harsh rhetoric and a military response to counter civil activity. Government reaction was widely criticized, especially in the light of the fact that most protest were peaceful – once again, the desire for justice was equated with anti-social activities, vandalism and anarchy. The dangerous potential of the Covid-19 virus played its role as well – the government, seeing the protesters gathering and violating social distancing guidelines, argued that the protesters were a menace to society and downplayed the importance of the public’s argument. I believe it is fair to assume that the actions taken by the government were not only aimed at keeping the voters in the upcoming presidential elections but were also targeting some Democratic or undecided voters that were scared stiff of the global pandemic and were ready to accept the use of force as the use of reason, bringing us back to the rhetoric of “law and order”. 

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