Maybe the problem isn't race
The thing that bugs me about modern Identity Politics is how it leads to an intellectual cul-de-sac. It does this by isolating groups from one another. People select an identity rather than forming their own identity.
Pro-ID people also ignore the basic fact that the ruling elite have always maintained their power by dividing the lower classes over cultural issues, racial identity being the most used cultural issue.
But I'm a white guy, so I'm precluded from pointing out these empirical facts.
Only a black person can have an opinion about what black people think.
“We want the same thing everyone else wants,” says the Rev. Wendell Anthony, pastor of Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel and national board member of the NAACP, which is holding its convention in Detroit this week. “One of the basic issues for everybody in America, black or white, is health care. We want safety. We want jobs. We aren’t looking for pie in the sky. We want basic stuff.
In other words, pandering is not necessary. Today's concerns are universal.
That makes perfect sense. So how come you rarely hear that in the media?
Oh right. Conflict sells.
Still, Roberson says, black Democrats will go to the polls carrying the same concerns as their white peers.
“Not just black voters, but across the board voters are looking for progressive ideas that can help all of us,” she says. "We have to stop thinking that the issues are so different based on color and race. They really aren’t. Macomb County voters want to know they have an opportunity for jobs and an education for their children. African Americans want the same thing.”
You mean working class blacks and working class whites have much more in common than not?
How can politicians, media pundits, and internet trolls virtue signal and shut down debate if everyone wants the same thing?
Surely there must be some poll data that shows that.
The survey, which was conducted by two Democratic polling firms, Hart Research and Brossard Research, found a three-way split on the top issues on the minds of African American voters, with 77 percent of respondents each saying that affordable health care, college affordability and creating more jobs with benefits were “extremely important issues.”
Health care generally polls as the top policy issue among Democratic voters, regardless of race.
If people recognize that the primary concerns of everyone, white, black, and latino, are the same with everyone, they might start asking for the things they actually need. Rather than finger-pointing at their neighbors.
Maybe neither working class whites, nor latino and muslim immigrants, are the causes of all the world's problems. If only there was a candidate that spoke like this.
Mr. Sanders’s pollster, Ben Tulchin, said the campaign’s focus groups had revealed widespread economic anxieties among working-class Democrats, even in an improving economy.
“We’re seeing that across the spectrum, whether you’re African-American, Latino or white working class,” Mr. Tulchin said.