Before the US presidential election, Donald Trump's campaign focused heavily on minorities and foreigners, with rights groups raising concerns that electing him might legitimise outward racism and physical violence.
Days before the vote, a black church in Mississippi was burned and spray-painted with "Vote Trump" on one of its outside walls. He received widespread criticism for a series of misogynistic, racist and xenophobic remarks, and many Americans have used social media to recount racist attacks that took place following his election win.
President Trump has also chosen advisers and cabinet officials that are facing accusations of racially biased behaviour.
Steve Bannon, Trump's chief state strategist, is a controversial right-wing media figure and former Goldman Sachs banker who has regularly been accused of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions served as a United States Senator for Alabama since 1996, but the Senate refused to confirm Sessions as a federal judge in 1986 amid accusations that he had made racially insensitive comments.
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin made a fortune working for Goldman Sachs and later founded a successful movie production company. He also faces allegations of racial discrimination.
In the middle of this political climax, playwright Lynn Nottage is celebrating her second Pulitzer award for a drama that couldn't be more timely.
Sweat explores the economic and societal pressures facing working-class America.
Set in Reading, Pennsylvania, where factories are shipping jobs overseas and local residents are turning on each other to preserve what's left of their American dream, the drama explores both the issues and the feelings that helped to propel Donald Trump to the US presidency.
It's been called "the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era".
But despite critical acclaim for her work, it's taken eight years for Nottage to finally get the chance to stage a production on Broadway.
Lynn Nottage tells us about her journey in what President Trump used to call the forgotten America.
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