The poor performance of deliberately underfunded public schools allows legislators to siphon off funds to religious institutions in the name of education.
There is hardly a bigger motivator than fear, and it is a fact not lost on Republicans who prey on Americans’ fear of all things not conservative, but especially those foreign “extremists.” Of course, some Americans are acutely aware that the biggest threat to their safety, and the nation, is from American extremists in the white supremacist, anti-government, and fanatical Christian movements. Whether it was the white supremacist who massacred nine African Americans in church, several predominately Black churches set on fire across the South, or armed militias seeking to start a war against the United States government, most people comprehend that homegrown extremists pose the greatest threat to America.
Although there has been progress throughout America's history, the idea of equality for every citizen has never completely caught on. Still, equal rights is purported to be one of America's defining characteristics and it appeared to be what the Founding Fathers eventually hoped would be the case.