The Washington Post’s Johnathan Capehart explores “The Real Reason Working-class Whites Continue to Support Trump.” To his credit, he manages to find one of the main underlying causes:
Working-class whites feel not only voiceless, but also silenced, especially in matters involving race. “The way they understood racism is different from the way we understand racism,” said Gest. “For them, racism has become an instrument of silence. It is a way of invalidating people. By saying someone is a racist, it means they cease to matter. Don’t listen to them.” ((emphasis added)) Gest spent three months in Youngstown, Ohio, and three months in East London, England, conducting interviews and researching his book. “So, when people said to me, ‘Now, I’m not a racist but …,’ what they were actually saying to me was, ‘Listen to what I’m about to tell you, and don’t dismiss me.’ ”
Indeed, for too long, traditional Americans have been shunted aside politically by the label ‘racist.’ It’s a far easier process than actually having an honest discussion of the issues. The dangerous thing about this long-standing trend is that many average Americans have reached the point “if you’re going to call me racist no matter what I say or do, then what do I have to lose?” This is one of several reasons race relations have deteriorated since the Civil Rights Era.
Another is the contempt shown by various colors of our social rainbow to the plight of working-class whites in an era of globalism, open borders, free trade agreements, loss of purchasing power (and jobs to foreigners) and reverse discrimination. But the Post reports on how to deal with these:
“The only way of addressing their plight is a form of political hospice care,” he said. “These are communities that are on the paths to death. And the question is: How can we make that as comfortable as possible?”
It’s no secret the Left has been giddy about the approaching demographic shift in America to a nation made up of competing minority groups, with no one group making up a majority. The Huffington Post even looked at “Ten Reasons You’ll Love Living in a Minority-Majority America.” After discussing such insignificant ‘advantages’ as “culinary diversity,” it goes on to say:
Without a numerically dominant race, people of every group could be more inspired to drop discriminatory biases and challenge the racial injustices that continue to define the American experience for many.
It’s cute that they expect such a utopia, but visible trends today seem to indicate it’s not going to happen. Our political class has stoked social divisions for so long that a minority-majority nation will end up being even more a collection of squabbling interest groups, determined to ensure their demographic gets a “fair share” (as they define it, of course). That such an outcome results in more government power as a referee is not coincidental. At least one public college has attempted a “day of absence” for white teachers and students, and when a white (and by all accounts, liberal) professor protested, the campus erupted.
Since 1965 and its notorious Immigration Act, the percentage of whites in the population has fallen from 85% to just over half. In those same 52 years, the dwindling white population has been increasingly vilified as personally culpable descendants of previous generations of slaveowners and bigots. (Hint: this is not a good way to win friends and influence people.) As the Evergreen State College professor found out, even if you go along with most of The Narrative, any deviation will be dealt with harshly. Devastated by the loss of good-paying blue-collar jobs, often to immigrants, many whites have fallen into despair and substance abuse.
Is it any wonder this demographic overwhelmingly went for Trump? His election represents one big raspberry (and a couple extended middle fingers) to the system that has pulled the country out from underneath them. Many see Trump as the last chance to have a voice in the largely faceless U.S. bureaucracy that for so long has been stacked against them. So I believe the Instapundit is right when he shows the latest outrage from the Left and asks “do you want more Trump? Because this is how you get more Trump.”
No matter how “comfortable” the Washington Post may want to make the allegedly dying white community, it’s not likely that community is going to softly and suddenly fade away. Perhaps the Washington Post should do an article on why middle-class Americans no longer put much stock into anything they (or any other traditional media outlet) have to say. They might find out that calling certain groups ‘racist’ at the drop of a hat, while musing that such groups need to be put in ‘hospice care’ might not draw many subscriptions.