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Divided States of America: Fears of a return to the days of racial divisions

In the first of a three-part series - Divided States of America - ITV News profiles different communities in the United States, who feel angry and excluded in their own country.

We start in the city of Fayetteville in North Carolina, where half of the population is black. Against the backdrop of the shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, there are fears America could be sliding back to the days of deep racial divisions.

We spoke to three residents in the city:

  • Rakeem Jones
Rakeem Jones Credit: ITV News

Rakeem was punched at a Trump rally in Fayetteville in March this year.

He was there out of pure interest – not as a protester.

He was randomly attacked by 78-year-old John McGraw, who has been arrested and charged.

Rakeem’s community didn’t care about politics until the incident at the Trump rally.

The biggest fear in Fayetteville, the biggest problem people feel with the election is that we are going to get someone who does not care about us, we are going to get someone who only cares about someone who fits in their tax bracket or income range.

– Rakeem Jones
  • Ann Mathis, community worker - wife of the 'Bicycle Man’
Ann Mathis Credit: ITV News

Ann's late husband Moses Mathis was known as the 'Bicycle Man' as he fixed up bicycles around the community and gave them back to kids.

He was honoured by George W. Bush with the President’s Call to Service Award. Ann continues his work.

She is distrustful of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump to me is someone I don’t trust, I mean I do not some of the stuff he says I do not like, I don’t think he talks about the issues.

I think if you are running for president you should keep to the issues and what you going to do to make things better and not criticise everybody else...

I think he's in it to make himself look good. I don't think he's in it to help anybody but Donald Trump. You listen to him talk and he doesn't answer the right questions, he always has something controversial to say.

– Ann Mathis
  • Pastor Larry Wright, senior pastor of Heal the Land Outreach Ministries
Pastor Larry Wright Credit: ITV News

Pastor Larry Wright has lived in Fayetteville for 37 years and is a retired military veteran with over 20 years of active service.

He has an outstanding record of public service in Fayetteville, with the aim to try to unite the area.

The rhetoric that Donald Trump is doing across the country at these rallies is causing division, is causing anger, is causing people to become violent, it's causing people to fear of what is the future of this country and its dividing the country in half...

When Trump says 'Making America Great Again', what that means is, let's go back to the good old boy times.

Where whites were in power, where whites was in control, blacks were oppressed. Let's go back to the 30's, 40's and 50's, let’s make America great for whites again. And not for all.

– Pastor Larry Wright