“Where are you from?” can be an earnest question. But it also can be used as a divisive political tool that plays on people’s fears of the other. Producer Ike Sriskandarajah hears this rhetoric reverberate before, during and after a Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
He met, chatted and even rode with the Knights Templar, a motorcycle club throwing its support to Donald Trump this election season. These bikers take their name from a medieval group of holy warriors who protected Christianity. And today, they still are concerned about the threat of Islamic extremism.
He also speaks with a black conservative organizer who is working to tackle racism in her party from the inside. She’s trying to build a more diverse GOP – one that moves beyond asking the question, “Where are you from?”