Many Americans probably don’t know exactly what terms such as anti-racism, “cancel culture,” “racial equity,” “white privilege” and “systemic racism” mean. And …
This is the second in a two-part series on the ideas related to race, status and equality influencing the current political divides in America, you can find par…
I believe that how the right frames progressive trends as 'wokeness' as a catch all for a range of issues hands them a winning strategy to oppose them without exposing their underlying bigotry, and that the progressive left is rather blind to how they are offering the right this gift.
I believe also that the way the more conservative left attempts to handle the pressure from progressives for faster progress has provided a wedge that is dividing unity on the left. I see a great deal of frustration and unhappiness on the left, the progressives potentially costing liberals victory at the polls by being out of the mainstream of political thought but to angry and morally convinced of the validity of their moral claims to adjust their message.
On top of all of this, the presence of social media and the ability of one and all to comment and express anger at others creates the perception of others they are being canceled by culture. Some say that is because the privileged voices of the past are reacting to loss of status while others say the left is losing its liberal values regarding the importance of free speech and will silence voices by mob madness.
I find these topics to be of paramount interest and feel the advantages shifting attitudes on the left in the direction of inclusivity should not be abandoned but the messaging about them more carefully understood to avoid right wing manipulation. It isn't just along racial lines that conservative thought is dangerous. The real danger, in my opinion, is how the right uses the lefts positions to trigger fear among whites that the left is out to get them while thereby taking those same whites to the cleaners by voting for tax policies that favor the rich, the real source of political contributions augmented by the suckers they pull in with fear.
I favor a liberal message that exposes how the right manipulates people to vote for things against their own interests. That would include a description of the techniques of manipulation and the nature of what would be better in their own interests, laws and policies that make everybody at risk of poverty and weakness stronger and more secure.