Verno wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 14:48:
I think the racism stuff is a handwave, those people are a minority. With most people elections are about their bank account. Not everyone has benefited from international trade agreements, we've seen a huge shift in wealth distribution over the past 30 years. I'm not the slightest bit surprised that people rejected Clinton and her political dynasty. Trump just got elected president on the basis that he is not like the rest of Washington. Middle class Americans elected a "billionaire" with zero political experience that has plenty of his own baggage. It's incredible and speaks to just how deeply upset Americans are with the status quo.
As Bernie Sanders said last year: "I think the discontent of the American people is far, far greater than the pundits understand."
Yeah, the for the overt racism, what you say is true, that's a small group of people. But there is a lot of subconscious "racism" (for lack of a better word) out there. Trump's core constituency feels that things are changing beyond their control, that they're getting the short end of the economic stick, and that minorities have been getting all the attention while their 40% "minority" of white working class mostly rural voters have been getting none.I came upon this article this morning
, and it summarizes a lot of what I'm talking about:
Of course [some of this resentment] is about race, but it’s also very much about the actual lived conditions that people are experiencing. We do need to pay attention to both. As the work that you did on mortality rates shows, it’s not just about dollars. People are experiencing a decline in prosperity, and that’s real.
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