And the Negro’s name
Is used it is plain
For the politician’s gain
As he rises to fame

from Bob Dylan – Only a Pawn in Their Own Game Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Dylan is saying that white politicians in the south appeal to the racism throughout the south for their own advantage, so they can further their own political careers.

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