“The goal of mainstream politicians of both parties should be to drive a wedge between the viciousness of white supremacy and people who are basically decent but tired of what they see as ‘political correctness’ that ignores the very considerable challenges faced by working-class whites while directing them to feel sorry for a whole range of other groups.”
–Joan C. Williams, White Working Class – Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America
“We’re voting with our middle finger.”
–South Carolina Trump supporter
“There was no reason why the Left had to abandon its old blue collar base.”
My apologies to Ta Nehisi Coates and the “it’s all about race” school of politics, but by now it should be clear to just about everyone that attempting to achieve a democratic majority by multiplying victim minorities is doomed to failure.
For the four decades we have seen neo-liberal economics at work, white working class fortunes have gone steadily down the drain while diversity enthusiasts aggressively demanded universal sympathy for a growing list of victim groups: the poor, blacks, Latinos, “native” Americans, Asians, the disabled, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, the transgendered, queers, non-binary people, the asexual, along with every possible “intersection” of these identities. Meanwhile, legitimate anger at the economic squeeze imposed on working people from outsourcing and mass immigration from the Third World has been…