To Whom Black Lives Don’t Matter

It’s pretty clear, and you can see it in this top-of-page NYT online newsitorial.  (It’s from the Upshot section/blog of the NYT).

Trump Supporters
From the NYT – click to link to article.

From Nate Cohn’s article…

He is strongest among Republicans who are less affluent, less educated and less likely to turn out to vote. His very best voters are self-identified Republicans who nonetheless are registered as Democrats. It’s a coalition that’s concentrated in the South, Appalachia and the industrial North, according to data provided to The Upshot by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data firm.

And here is a map of “racially charged internet searches” from the same article.Racially Charged Internet Searches

Again, I am of the belief that most politics since 1965 are heavily biased by one’s opinions on “the other”, whether that is race that is all too clear to anyone paying attention in the Eastern States where the remnants of Reconstruction, the Civil War and slavery before that are still clearly an important part of our national fabric.  Today’s “other” as expressed by Trump are Muslims, and immigrants.  Trump has brilliantly channeled this essence of the “other” politics of the Republican Party and is being lauded and supported because he is able to say what others are thinking even with the obstacle of political correctness.

You won’t hear Trump or a right-wing pundit jump directly from their exasperation with the Black Lives Matter movement to the inherent problems (as they see it from a Western/Christian perspective) with the Islamic faith to their rule-of-law complaint (ie “illegals”) about those with different skin-colors or different cultural norms coming from south of the border.

The passion for all these subjects necessarily have to be taken as separate subjects on separate days and have to be carefully couched in language so that we cannot get to the inherent affirmative action that the right is really fighting for.

That affirmative action, in my opinion, is this.  We are fighting to maintain our exceptional nation and culture and we will defend against those that would change us.  I think that is the bottom line and I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad instinct.  It’s a good and proper and has served humankind for tens of thousands of years.

The problem is that there are good and exceptional people and cultures all over this amazing globe and through-and-through the often artificial socio-economic strata of this and other countries.

What I hope that people begin to see through this Trump phenomena is how Trump is only exaggerating a politics that has been with us since LBJ and Nixon.  In the internet/information age and with the aid of many people finally seeing the truths of the trickle-down economics of Reagan and the diplomacy-through-military tactics that are residuals of the Cold War.

In the end, the problem is one political party has not been able to face reality and has been able, masterfully, to push an agenda of economic dominance for this country through military dominance, and economic and political priorities almost exclusively for the wealthy and powerful by blaming our woes on that other guy (or often) gal.

I think 2016 will be extremely telling about who we are and I know for a fact we are not and will not be Trump.  We are infatuated with him, but his particular made-for-media campaign won’t last past November 2nd- at least in this latest crass exaggeration of placing our collective blame (and responsibility) on the other.


Correction (1/3/16):

Thank you wiki…”Election Day in the United States is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials. It occurs on the Tuesday right after the first Monday in November[1](this does not necessarily mean the “first Tuesday” in a month because the first day of a month can be a Tuesday).”

In the last paragraph the “November 2nd” should be “November 9th”.  Guess that gives us another week to get things right!

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One thought on “To Whom Black Lives Don’t Matter

  1. Here is one of 8 comments from the NYT original “newsitorial” that the editors selected as a “NYT Pick” comment. I think W.A. Spitzer characterizes well this political revolution that we see in maps like the ones above that for some reason we don’t speak enough about. I couldn’t fit it into the post above, but I also would like it to be repeated here.

    Years ago, before the Civil Rights legislation, the Democrat party had a lock on the South, largely because the Republicans were the party of Lincoln. It was referred to as the solid South, and Democrats controlled all the politics at the local, state, and national levels. They were often referred to as Dixiecrats and shared no real affiliation with liberal Democrats of the North with exception that they both disliked Republicans. Following the Civil Rights legislation, where blacks began to vote in the South in large numbers, they organized as Democrats, so naturally the Dixiecrats of the deep south became Republicans and the South is now solid again, only now they are Republicans. But in the border areas, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, Southern Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, areas where black residents were not as numerous, the Dixiecrats did not switch parties, at least at the local and state level, so they still call themselves Democrats, even though on the national level they now always vote Republican. It is the among the old old Dixiecrats, less well educated, conservative white segregation sympathizers, where Donald Trump has the bulk of his support.

    Sadly I do not know how to link to the comment itself. I’m not sure it is possible.

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