The recent uproar over a racist tweet by Rosanne Barr has caused the charges of racism against President Trump to be loudly renewed. Additionally, this has once more re-launched the charge that anyone who favors the president in any way is racist.
In a recent interview on CNN, activist Michaela Angela Davis answered “yes” when asked if,
All the people that voted for Donald Trump are racist?
No actual evidence was cited to support this claim. Moreover, there is no attempt to justify this assertion by Davis in the interview. This is something she absolutely believes, or at least she seems very sincere in the statement.
Perhaps this would seem to be making a mountain out of a molehill if Davis were alone in her charges of mass racism against Trump voters. However, that is not the case.
In fact, there are a plethora of leftist publications from newspapers such as The Washington Post to online magazines such as Vox and The Huffington Post who propagate the racist clarion call.
The ‘Evidence’ from the Left
The left cites certain ‘scholarly’ studies to prove their claim of rampant racism among Trump voters and supporters. These studies were based on a level of agreement with certain statements. They claim these results show that racism, along with sexism, were the largest common factors driving support for President Trump.
However, there are large problems with the results and their interpretation by the researchers. One of the statements in one study asked whether one agreed that:
1. White people in the U.S. have certain advantages because of the color of their skin.
If the person did not agree it was interpreted as a denial of their own racism and racism in general. In other words, if you don’t believe “white privilege” exists, you are a racist in denial.
Another statement concerned whether the voter believed racism was as or more rampant in society than in the past. If instead one thought racism was less rampant and more of an isolated phenomenon, they were again labeled a racism denier.
Finally, in one of the more recent pieces concerning this research, a political scientist from the University of Pennsylvania, Diana Mutz claims,
“Voters who shifted (parties) to become Trump voters between the two elections seem to have done so because of increasing distance between their own views and that of the Democratic candidate on trade, immigration, and China,” Mutz reports. Why were these policy positions so important? “All three of these issues capture potential racial and global status threat,” she writes. “Trade opposition captures Americans’ fear of takeover by more dominant economic powers,” while internally, increased immigration threatens the supremacy of whites.
Some Brief Rebuttals of Leftist ‘Evidence’
These results claiming some unconscious racism are easily rebutted. For brevities sake, we will deal with these three questionable questions alone. There are other such queries and serious problems with the methods of evaluation, but those are for another time perhaps.
The concept of “white privilege” is far from being a universally accepted idea. If one uses income and education as a barometer, it isn’t whites that top the scale. Americans of Asian ancestry hold that distinction. Doubting the existence and potency of “white privilege” does not make one a racist.
Similarly, believing that racism is less prevalent today than in the past is not racist. How could that even be possible when the nation just finished two terms under the first African-American president? How can that be in a nation that has gone from no recognition of black heritage to an entire month devoted to it?
Finally, what professor Mutz theorizes is imaginative, but nonsense nonetheless. She asserts that a gap had grown between former Democratic voters and the policies of the party. However, she simply assumes that it is the voters who moved, rather than the party diving headlong to the Left.
Where Are the Real Racists?
This particular piece of data runs exactly counter to the claim that all ‘Trump voters are racist.’ The results of the 2016 election reveal a sizeable amount of people who voted for Obama twice voted for Donald Trump this time. These are the voters the professor tries to analyze and charge with racism.
Were these people racists? How did they change so quickly? Surely they could not have been racist and voted for Barack Obama, not once but twice?! Is not a better answer that these voters did not like the policies of the Obama administration or their results? Could it not be that these voters saw in Hillary a continuation of those and said, no thanks?
Those questions are never considered relevant by leftists because they do not provide the answers the Left is looking for. If they really are sincere about finding and combatting racism, a thorough examination of their own history and ideology would be the best place to start.
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, Acts 17:26-27 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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