America’s Achilles Heel is race. That’s so obvious that even Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin figured it out.
The roughly 3,500 Facebook ads created by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency “consistently promoted ads designed to inflame race-related tensions. Meanwhile, the world’s biggest birther was calling all but some Mexicans “rapists.”
And it worked. With some help from Putin, James Comey, and Americans’ inability to understand probabilities, we now have a president who has done more to give white supremacists aid and comfort than any White House occupant in the last century and Russia has an apprentice who has done more to shake NATO than any Russian ever has. And when a scam like racism works so well, why would you ever give it up?
We know Donald Trump is never going to give up “identity politics.” Despite trillions in tax breaks, Republicans are going to be talking about MS-13 more than 1040s.
So what can a Party that hasn’t won the white vote since 1964 do? Give up on race and thus the majority of your base, and talk only about class as Trump screams about the NFL?
Activists canvassed 800 homes in Minnesota for an experiment to test which messaging more effectively rebuts a candidate’s classic racial dog whistles arguing for tax cuts and railing against “illegal aliens.” One message was silent about race. The other specifically called race out and noted that the candidate “wants to pit us against each other in order to gain power for himself and kickbacks for his donors.”
The message that confronted race proved more effective at swaying voters. More research needs to be done, but this suggests that the path to transcend racism used as a strategy is through it, not around it.
Causten E. Rodriguez-Wollerman, Director of Partnerships at Demos, joined us this week to discuss this promising research and how to talk race and class in the Trump era.
Demos on Twitter: @Demos_Org
Get the report: Race-Class Narrative National Dial Survey Report
The Good — Trump’s populism vs. Trump’s racism
Dave Wasserman at Cook Political Report: OH-12: Special Election Going Down to the Wire
Mark Murray at NBC News: Polls: Trump approval sags in trio of Midwest states
Carrie Dann at NBC News: Scott Walker, other GOP candidates in key Midwest states trail Democratic rivals
The Bad — SCOTUS Confirmation – the phones have gone silent
Paul Kane at the Washington Post: ‘A different level of intensity’: Collins and Murkowski find pressure over Supreme Court lacks emotional pleas on health care
Lauren Holter at Bustle: The “Rise Up For Roe” Tour Brings The Battle Over Trump’s SCOTUS Pick To Your City
Jeff Hauser at The Daily Beast: Wanna Beat Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee? Focus on Marijuana
The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Medicare for All is cheaper than Trumpcare. By a LOT.
Matt Bruenig at Jacobin Magazine: Even Libertarians Admit Medicare for All Would Save Trillions
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Flint Water Crisis
Sarah Childress at PBS FRONTLINE: Flint Water Crisis Deaths Likely Surpass Official Toll
Kyle Smith rewrites history at the National Review: No Detectable Lead Poisoning in Flint After All
Hernán Gómez and Kim Dietrich wrote the original piece to rewrite Flint’s current “history” at The New York Times: The Children of Flint Were Not ‘Poisoned’
Letters to the Editor of The New York Times set the record straight: The Flint Children Were Indeed ‘Poisoned’
Anthony Dimaggio at Counterpunch rebuts the rewriting of history: Erasing Flint’s Water Crisis: Or How to Lie With Statistics
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha at The Detroit Free Press sets the record straight, as well: Don’t downplay lead problems, or solutions, for kids in Flint water crisis
The show notes for Episode 6 of The GOTMFV Show are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/07/beyond-identity-politics-dems-shouldnt-be-afraid-to-talk-about-class-and-race.html
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Intro and transition music: You Dress Like an Asshole by Not The 1s
Progressives Everywhere intro/outro: They’re Everywhere by Jim’s Big Ego
Flint Water Crisis Update intro: Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins