The Liberal Fear of Race

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El'ad Nichols-Kaufman, Contributor

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When Donald Trump won the presidential election, people across the political left scurried to figure out what had happened. In the months after the election, a consensus was reached, the white working class was to blame. Following this, many of the leading liberal political activists published editorials and articles begging for us to forgive the white working class. These articles spoke about globalization and how left behind these people are, how we have left them all behind today. One issue, however, was never brought up: race.

Race has always been a part of politics, and few, if asked directly, would deny that Donald Trump used racial hatred to his advantaged. However, these same people would also claim that only a minority of Trump’s voters were truly motivated by race, and it was more about being left behind by globalization. This claim sounds pretty, but reading interviews with many Trump voters reveals the opposite. Take Nicholas Kristof’s article on forgiving the white working class. While interviewing people, he quotes multiple openly racist comments, while still insisting that economy, not race, motivated people to vote for Trump.

When actual statistics of the election are reviewed, a different truth emerges. Trump won a majority, 58%, among all whites, of all economic standings and education levels, not just poor ones. Neither did the non-white poor vote for him either. A much higher percentage of African Americans are poor and “left behind by globalization,” yet a mere 8% of them voted for him. Trump only won 41% of voters earning less than $50,000, while Clinton won 53% of those votes. He truly won among the white, not the “left behind.”

As a society, we need to start facing that racism is a determining factor in politics, and we need to try to solve that. Too many liberals are scared of accusing people of racism, and fear “alienating” the white working class further, or even subconsciously fearing non-white dominance themselves. We need to stop blaming issues like economy and tackle racism from its very roots, the white mind.

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