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The nation’s voters are not divided by racial and ethnic hatreds, but by progressives’ demand that intrusive government policies be used to aggressively level all disparities between racial and ethnic groups, according to an op-ed in the New York Times.
“The country is not divided by racial conflict, but by conflict over racial ideology. … Liberal whites — not minorities — are setting the tone on these issues,” says the op-ed by Eric Kaufmann, a professor at the University of London and author of “Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities.”
Since 2012, white liberals have moved considerably left on questions related to race, reflecting both a campus- and online-driven cultural awakening that has accelerated in response to Mr. Trump. On the American National Election Study’s scale measuring how respondents feel about a group — white liberals are warmer toward minorities than their own racial group.
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Yet Trump voters rate minorities relatively warmly. Racial ideology rather than race accounts for their differences with white Democrats: White Republicans reject [the progressives’ claims about] affirmative action, the notion of white privilege and the idea that racial discrimination continues to hold minorities back.
Minorities again rank in between on many of these measures. When it comes to “microaggression” statements such as “America is a colorblind society” or “You are so articulate,” few blacks and Hispanics find these offensive while more liberal whites do.
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In contrast, President Trump’s MAGA coalition favors color-blind government support for all Americans. The popular support includes Trump’s “Hire American” policy which is pressuring companies to raise wages for lower-income Americans — including blacks and Latinos — amid angry opposition from elite investors and CEOs.
So who are the white progressives who are pulling Democrat presidential candidates so far from the core of American society?
Kaufmann - Points - Study - Hidden - Tribes
Kaufmann points to a 2018 study, titled “Hidden Tribes:...
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