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The Democrats’ White People Problem

November 30, 2018

Excellent article on how Trump and the GOP have managed to gain control of our government, with ways to combat their messaging and regain governmental sanity in future elections. The contrived divisiveness evidenced by the Trump campaign, his first two years in office and the recent midterm elections needs to be turned around to avoid further erosion of our foreign policy and the rapidly increasing economic inequality exacerbated by domestic economic policies since Trump became President with GOP control over both houses of Congress and most state legislatures. Gains made on November 6th, 2018 need to be only the beginning stages of turning around our government for all, instead of the privileged few. – RJC

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Donald Trump likes to pit elite and non-elite white people against each other. Why do white liberals play into his trap?

By Joan C. Williams | The Atlantic | December 2018


“I want them to talk about racism every day,” Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former strategist, told The American Prospect last year. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

Bannon was tapping into an old American tradition. As early as the 1680s, powerful white people were serving up racism to assuage the injuries of class, elevating the status of white indentured servants over that of enslaved black people. Some two centuries later, W. E. B. Du Bois observed that poor white people were compensated partly by a “public and psychological wage”—the “wages of whiteness,” as the historian David Roediger memorably put it. These wages pit…

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