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Thursday, February 01, 2018

I no longer think, as I once did, that "political correctness" is a bigger threat than the underlying racism and sexism that continue to disfigure our society decades after the civil rights and women's rights movements. If the Trump era teaches us anything, it is how far we still have to go to realize the "unalienable Rights" of all Americans to enjoy "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, or skin color.

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Well, live and learn. A quarter century is enough time to examine deeply held shibboleths and to see if they comport with reality. In my case, I have concluded that my beliefs were based more on faith than on a critical examination of the evidence. In the last few years, in particular, it has become impossible for me to deny the reality of discrimination, harassment, even violence that people of color and women continue to experience in modern-day America from a power structure that remains for the most part in the hands of straight, white males. People like me, in other words. Whether I realize it or not, I have benefitted from my skin color and my gender -- and those of a different gender or sexuality or skin color have suffered because of it.

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As Boot points out:

Adam Serwer argues persuasively in the Atlantic that Trump's election could not be explained by "economic anxiety," because the poorest voters -- those making less than $50,000 a year -- voted predominantly for Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, "Trump defeated Clinton among white voters in every income category," from those making less than $30,000 to those making more than $250,000. In other words, Serwer writes, Trump does not lead a "working-class coalition; it is a nationalist one." That doesn't mean that every Trump supporter is a racist; it does mean that Trump's victory has revealed that racism and xenophobia are more widespread than I had previously realized.

The article to which he refers is at
www.theatlantic.com

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2018-02-01 06:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump got more votes from people of color than Romney did. Here's the data.

A separate cite:

Romney got 59 percent of the white vote in 2012 and still lost the election... Trump, however, won the election with just 58 percent of the white vote

and another:

Trump got a smaller % of the white voters, and Republican voters, and small and rural area voters than Romney did. Trump got a higher % of African Americans, Asians, Latinx, those making less than $50k, urban and suburban voters, non-white non-college graduates that Romney did.

The Atlantic article does not compare the incomes of those who voted in previous elections. As such, they have no basis to claim that it is due to racism or xenophobia. An equally baseless claim would be that Clinton's massive advantage in African American voters was also due to racism.

The Democrats ran a profoundly flawed candidate.

#2 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-02-01 02:08 PM | Reply

While white privilege is an over and often misapplied phrase abuse by the stupid I remain impressed that Max Boot would use it in this manner.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-02 02:20 PM | Reply

"The Democrats ran a profoundly flawed candidate."

Who didn't???

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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