Race-Baiting Democrats Have Damaged the National Psyche in Race Relations

by | Jan 9, 2019 |

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Two senior Democratic Party leaders have separately offered advice that Democratic activists would do well to heed.

Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown and defeated Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have warned of impending dangers to a political party that seems a bit too cocky and way too secular. Democrats have become the party that pits racial and ethnic groups against each other in the name of equality, and openly disdains Bible-believing Christians.

Brown and McCaskill recognize the dangers of pursuing ideological agendas that ignore the issues and concerns of mainstream Americans. Brown, whose state in 2018 had no Republicans elected statewide, recently affirmed his belief in the necessity of a strong two-party system. Democrats need Republicans to keep them honest and on their toes.

In a recent NPR interview, Brown postulated that “the weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party … get further out [on the left] than … the majority of people want.” Wow! This coming from “Governor Moonbeam.”

McCaskill’s 2018 defeat was partially linked to her decision to vote against the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She has blamed pro-choice progressives for their refusal to give their elected representatives the latitude needed to make hard decisions.

Much like the truth-speaking candidate in the movie “Bulworth,” McCaskill has begun to dispense biting criticisms of the left. She has referred to pro-choice feminists as “dumb” and expressed a desire shared by many for them to “shut up!”

After questioning the hype surrounding newly elected U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), McCaskill told CNN, “I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on.”

Average Americans who adhere to traditional values and beliefs often find themselves dismissed and derided by elites in the Democratic Party, who openly question their intelligence and sanity while mocking their faith.

The Taboo of White Suffering

When it comes to race relations, white Americans confront a whole new world awash with concerns about fairness and worries about discrimination. Like all parents, the future of their children and grandchildren weighs heavily on their minds.

Their fears include liberal immigration policies rapidly changing the demographic makeup of the nation, structural changes in the economy reducing job opportunities, frustration about race-based affirmative action, and fears about violent crime. These are all issues I discussed in 2002 in “The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration.”  

Given today’s politically correct environment and the stern punishments inflicted on violators, the average American keeps his or her head down while the fears and frustrations fester.

America has many problems related to immigration, and a general decline in values and principles once widely shared. Conditions affecting white Americans must be addressed and discussed in mainstream forums on college campuses, where the focus is instead on perceived “white privilege,” with no recognition of a new kind of white suffering.

It behooves the Democrats to become more sensitive to the problems that President Donald Trump and Republicans have observed about race relations. Until we address the problems of minorities and whites, we will continue to be a divided nation with little hope of healing.

The problem is not immigration: It’s the neglect of Americans and a penchant that Democrats have for using racial suffering to score political points. They make every issue a racial one. They allow its leftist wing to cast aspersions on non-minorities who raise legitimate concerns about racial double standards and the breakdown in law and order affecting the nation. Such a breakdown is best exemplified in the actions of groups such as Antifa and certain chapters of Black Lives Matter.

McCaskill’s advice to Ocasio-Cortez was a polite way of reminding Democrats that white lives matter, too. If Democrats are to compete effectively for the votes of whites, there’s a need to respect and acknowledge them as people who have problems just like other races and ethnicities.

Deaths of Despair

Studies by Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have documented rising death rates for middle-aged white Americans, who are experiencing early deaths from preventable causes such as drug abuse, liver disease, and suicide. These have been called “deaths of despair,” hitting people with a high school education (or less) the hardest. California is one of the states with a notable increase in the death rates of white Americans.

Drawing attention to the suffering of whites is politically incorrect. It can be mentioned but not discussed too much. Thanks, Democrats.

2017 study by Brookings Institution scholars Carol Graham and Sergio Pinto found notable racial differences between whites and minorities. Racial and ethnic minorities had higher levels of optimism and rising life expectancies. This was especially true for poor blacks familiar with disappointment and despair.

By contrast, non-college-educated whites experienced hopelessness and rising mortality rates—more of them are dying, and dying young. Hopelessness among any group of Americans should concern us all. Ideally, we would want our political parties to work together to identify and eradicate the problem. We would have rising optimism among all marginalized Americans, whites and ethnic minorities.

Our political parties need to work together to help create an environment where opportunities transcend race. Not every problem affecting minority communities can be laid at the feet of white people. Some of the problems affecting all races have to do with the spiritual health of the nation.

The leftist politics of the Democrats have created a more secular society that has stripped many people of the hope and encouragement that comes from a spiritual connection with God. Bowing to the God of secularism, America’s Judeo-Christian roots and its traditions are being stripped away with no real replacements in sight. Surely, we can do better.

Carol M. Swain is an author, speaker, and host of Be the People Podcast on the America Out Loud Network, and a published author in The Epoch Times.


Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and law professor at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Dr. Swain is an author, speaker, and the host of the podcast Be The People. Passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square, she is an author, public speaker, and political commentator.

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