It has to be said again and again because it is always drowned in Trump bashing, which is particularly popular in the Canadain media: Trump is not the cause of the division in America. He is the symptom.
Trump owed his election four years ago to the many dissatisfied people whom Hillary Clinton contemptuously dubbed “deplorables”: all those who do not feel represented by the political elite with their well-worn rituals and empty phrases and who do not care about the hip woke culture. One can assume that they, including Hispanics, blacks and women, were loyal to Trump in the current election, he won more votes than in the previous election, more than Barack Obama. Aesthetics alone don’t make for a proper choice, no matter how much you make fun of the distinctive color of Donald’s head of hair.
One might reject The Donald for good reasons. The hatred he faces from his opponents and the Democrats may well be sparked by what makes him so popular with his voters. He is the famous “spanner in the works”, the maverick, the spoilsport, the troublemaker who denounced the well-oiled interplay of the nomenclature and deconstructed their language, so to speak. He doesn’t speak like the arrogant establishment, and he doesn’t look like them either. But that seems to be appreciated by half the American electorate. And that’s why it’s not a good idea to exorcise Donald Trump while he is defeated. It’s not about him, it’s about his voters.
The 2020 presidential election confirmed the existing split and possibly even deepened it. Is a civil war looming now? If you look at the days of violence that followed the death of George Floyd in May, and now the images of “Storming the Capitol,” one might fear that. “The norms,” writes Bari Weiss, “were already broken. We already lived in unreality.”
Anyone who hopes Joe Biden can heal the wound – or even Kamala Harris waiting behind him – may not realize how long this wound has already existed and how deep it has penetrated the heart of the “land of the free”.
“E pluribus unum”, many become one, was once the creed and hope of all those who emigrated to the “free world”. Whoever got there was no longer an Italian or a Pole or a German, but an American, the “new person”, as many believed. This dream of a multicultural paradise has long been over. Someone who analyzed and complained about this thirty years ago is Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., once special advisor to John F. Kennedy, a supporter of the Democrats and historian. His analysis is sharp enough to be forgiven for today. That is already depressing enough, and it is even more depressing that the problem he was analyzing has perpetuated, and even worsened. The new apartheid of identity politics not only separates white from black, it drives a wedge between the majority of the “normal” and everyone who feels they belong to a special group of characteristics.
In the meantime, however, the fight against “whiteness”, against “systemic racism”, of which one is part solely because of one’s white skin color, has become particularly hateful. Schlesinger did not yet know the new fashions, but he would certainly have seen it as the deadly consequence of the ethnic cult that became fashionable among blacks in the 1960s, which he believes has the potential to be a “counterrevolution” – against the original idea of a common culture in a united one Nation. Everyone against everyone and everyone against the white man and the European heritage.
That is likely to be the real drama. American “anti-racists” and fighters against “whiteness”, in their effort to defend blacks (who make up a good 14 percent of the population in the USA) as victims, assign everything to white oppression, “systemic racism”, instead of promoting values that could serve their advancement within a society: abstraction ability, individualism and independence, work ethic, punctuality, future planning and property rights.
Western educational content? “Systemic violence”! This hatred of the “white” culture prevents any advancement in a world (still) characterized by such virtues – and incidentally denounces all those who exercise these virtues and thus keep the whole thing going. But being a victim is easier than self-empowerment. The term “systemic racism” denies any possibility of being able to change something in one’s own situation. By the way, the sharpest critics of this self-harm are black thinkers like Thomas Sowell, John McWorther or Glenn Cartman Loury.
The hatred of the West that blacks suggested has now allied itself with white self-contempt. The woken whites cultivate an omnipresent sense of guilt instead of the feeling of superiority imputed to them – with which they can at least return moral superiority. Certainly, white America once benefited from slavery – but it was neither invented nor practiced there. Africans were enslaved by Africans in bloody tribal feuds, most of the trade was taken over by Arabs, and the abolition of slavery was the responsibility of the West, while it was maintained in African countries for a long time. Because that is precisely the strength of “white” Europe: the ability to be self-critical.
Donald Trump not only gave a voice to the despised “white trash”, but also to all those who are too busy to follow every new ideological fashion – the many systemically relevant normals. They would have to be won back by John Biden. Given the tendency of many Democrats to applaud even the most flashy representatives of identity politics, it is to be feared that it will fail – horribly.