“That Conversation about Race” category archive
At Psychology Today Blogs, Ronald Riggio explores the reasons why persons will vote against their own self-interest. Here’s a bit of his piece:
Let’s put this in the context of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Poor, working-class whites, who might typically be drawn to the Democratic party because of the party’s promotion of social programs to help the poor, surprisingly* supported the billionaire Republican candidate, Donald Trump, who ostensibly was going to abolish critical social programs such as healthcare and provide tax cuts for the wealthy. (Admittedly, he promised to provide “the very best healthcare,” “to make the rich pay their fair share,” and to bring jobs to the poor, but this is counter to the long-standing Republican agenda.) How can we explain this seemingly contradictory behavior? According to Ciulla, drawing on Ruth Capriles book, Leadership by Resentment, poor, working-class whites have become deeply frustrated and resentful. They perceive that social programs don’t help them as much as they help (and are targeted toward), ethnic minorities. In addition, white males from this group may resent recent advancements by women and therefore turned against candidate Hillary Clinton (her calling Trump supporters “deplorables” didn’t help the situation). According to Capriles, resentment is a powerful force in those who feel disenfranchised, and fuels other acts against one’s own self-interests, including suicide bombings and shootings, and support for toxic dictators.
In the U.S. Presidential election, two other psychological processes come into play: (1) the limitations caused by a two-party system; and (2) the we-they feeling (or in-group, out-group bias).
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*I must quibble with his use of “surprisingly.” The Republican Party has quite skillfully marshaled white resentment and racism since the days of Richard Nixon and his odious “southern strategy.”
Republicans listened to Lyndon Johnson, even if no one else did, and took his words to heart.
This is your country on Trump.
As Washington’s KHQ station reports, the manager, Jade Cardwell, was sticking up for a black bartender against two unruly customers before the situation escalated to violence.
“Right away, when they came in, they were dropping the N word,” Cardwell said. “We have a black bar tender we just employed. We weren’t having it. We wanted them gone.”
The Trumplers left him severely injured and in need of surgery.
Ryan Bills of Las Vegas, Nevada, was charged with criminal mischief, a serious misdemeanor, Storm Lake police said. His case did not appear in Iowa’s online courts records system Tuesday afternoon.
More Trumpling at the link.
A jury of their peers . . . .
Three men who are accused of plotting to bomb a Kansas mosque and apartment complex that houses Somali refugees have asked a federal judge to ensure that their jury contains a significant number of Trump voters.
The Associated Press, via ABC News, reports that attorneys for defendants argued on Friday that it would be wrong to only pick jurors from a pool of urban residents because they could be prejudiced against the defendants for political reasons.
Field reports from the field. A snippet:
At a campaign event earlier this year, an audience member asked Moore for his opinion on when the last time America was “great.” Moore responded: “I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another…Our families were strong, our country had a direction.” The individual who asked the question was among the few African-Americans in attendance at the rally, according to the Los Angeles Times. In stating this, Moore seemingly implied he’d be able to overlook the enslavement of other human beings as long as families are “united,”* an interesting perspective from a man accused of repeatedly preying on young girls.
*Moore made no mention, of course, that enslaved mothers, fathers, and children were routinely separated and sold off to different buyers, nor that enslaved women were not uncommonly used as brood mares to generate more “stock” for slave traders.
The attempt to prettify slavery and romanticize slaveholders continues apace.
We are now a pariah nation.
Brian K. Fennessy looks up the history of Confederate statues. What he finds is no surprise: they were statues to racism. Here’s the nugget:
. . . I searched for dedication speeches that were given at Confederate soldier monuments across North Carolina. Most orations were given by veterans and state officials. I successfully tracked down 30, and they support two conclusions: 1) white nationalism was a fixture of Confederate monumentation, and 2) Confederate soldier monuments honored veterans for their postwar success in eroding black equality as much as for their failed wartime sacrifices.
Racist language pervades the dedication speeches. If one assumes that the speaker is excluding blacks from the term “southerners,” when its use clearly meant only white southerners, then white identity politics are present in every speech. But speakers were often more explicit. 14 speeches explicitly invoked “our Anglo-Saxon ancestors,” “love of race,” or “your own race and blood.”
Follow the link for examples.
Above the Law’s Elie Mystal reacts to reports that Attorney General Sessions wants to investigate Harvard Law’s Affirmative Action program. A snippet (emphasis added):
African-American Harvard students are fully ready to stand on our “merits.” In fact, we’ve yearned and strived to be judged on our merits our whole lives. We’re not necessarily thrilled to be judged on merits according to the white man, as strained through the racially biased lens of his standardized testing. But if that’s the unrealistic standard, we’re ready for that battle too. Harvard blacks standardize test pretty well.
The Charlotte Observer’s editorial board notes the hypocrisy of North Carolina Republicans’ claim that undoing the effects of their racist redistricting is somehow itself racist.
Badtux notes the intellectual acrobatics. The gist:
Badtux marvels at the obtuseness of the punditocracy in not realizing that the “working class” comes in all colors. A snippet:
Why are these (always white) talking heads never talking about the *black* or *Hispanic* or *Asian* working class, all of whom the Democratic Party and “liberal elites” reach quite well, thank you very much?
Hint: The white working class hasn’t been in play for Democrats since 1964. No Democrat has won with a majority of the white vote in any election since then. Not Jimmie Carter. Not Bill Clinton. Not Barack Obama. None.
Hint: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed in 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1965 was passed in 1965.