Racism and Trump Voters

Like peanut butter and jelly.

But you know…one of the most important insights someone can gain about racism is that people who are not Klansmen, who are not ideological white supremacists constantly obsessed with racial politics, but who have other motives, even noble motives, can still contribute to a system of racism, and can even have their own racial baggage.

Unfortunately, many of the people who did so much to popularize this notion have now abandoned it in their commentary about the election. In the same circles in which that insight was so popular for so long, it has now become the conventional wisdom that contributing to the racist outcome in this election by voting for Trump means that an individual is a single-issue racism voter who could not possibly be won over by any other, non-racist political appeal.

I say they got it right the first time.


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