Lately the GOP have been racheting up their racist rhetoric to hold and energize their base. One of the results of this is the creation of a climate where racists feel that discriminatory behavior is validated and sanctioned. They feel free to act out their prejudices and treat innocents abusively, as is described here, where 9 black children were sent to the back of the bus, to sit in two seats.

COUSHATTA, LA. — A Louisiana school district is investigating complaints that a white school bus driver ordered nine black children to sit at the back of the bus.

“All nine children were assigned to two seats in the back of the bus and the older ones had to hold the smaller ones in their laps,” she said.

Richmond said her complaints to parish school officials were not immediately acted on. But she said Easley told her Wednesday that the situation would be addressed.