This election cycle has been a rough one for normie-tier white pseudointellectuals. No matter how hard they try, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and that “liberal but not radical” friend from high school on Facebook just can’t seem to look like they have anything smart to say about what’s going on. The neoliberals have had nothing to contribute except for “Wow, just wow!” and “Come on, it’s current year!”
With mere weeks before the finale, they’ve taken an impressive buzzer shot with a Saturday Night Live skit that attempts to make an intelligent and funny point about the prevailing zeitgeist. The point is that the rapidly growing White underclass increasingly shares the alienation, sense of “disempowerment,” and “suspicion of authority” which has typified America’s black underclass for generations. Their joke is that all those racist Trump voters have more in common with minorities than they realize.
Slate’s Jamelle Bouie is angry about the skit because its attempt to empathize with Trumpkins enough to make a condescending joke at their expense does empathize with them to a degree. In their attempt to find some sort of relevant humor in this election cycle, the SNL writing staff have dared to imply that the White working class have legitimate political interests.
For Mr. Bouie, everything’s about race, …his own Black race, specifically. In attempting to learn about and effectively respond to Trump’s groundswell of unexpected support, the media has dared to ask whether White people might have problems, discovering (to their surprise) that there are tens of millions of White Americans for who’ve been left behind, exploited, and deprived of hope and change in a systemic, institutional, and malicious manner. Slate’s chief political correspondent can’t tolerate this line of inquiry.
For the past year, political journalists across the ideological spectrum have worked to understand Donald Trump and his voters. What drove their frustration and anger? Why did they gravitate toward Trump versus other political figures? A cottage industry sprang up around the drive to answer those questions, with stories that followed a kind of template: nuanced, empathic portraits of working-class whites living in former industrial towns and cities that have long since fallen from their former glory.
Few of these stories were bad, but most of them suffered from the same blind spot: race.
Of course they did.
In telling the story of the white workers who backed Trump, they missed the perspective of the black ones who rejected him.
We’re supposed to believe that the media hasn’t aggressively pursued Trump’s racism. As a leader of a White Nationalist political project, I can confidently assert that the media has been quite motivated to follow each potential lead on this topic. While TradWorker has been up to some very impressive stuff and we are a rapidly growing political party, we have no illusions about why we’ve received more media coverage this month than most hurricanes do. We’re receiving tons of media coverage because they’re eager to find some way to accuse Trump of being a big racist.
There’s no actual story here, of course. Trump doesn’t support what we’re doing. He’s a civic nationalist, not a White Nationalist. But, like desperate crackheads sifting through a shag carpet, they’re doing their best to find the tiniest bit of Racism & Trump to catch a buzz off of. Supposedly, it’s a big deal that we’re jazzed about Trump. It’s not a big deal when outright Communists and left wing terrorists routinely line up behind the Democratic candidate. Hell, most of the White Right fell in line behind McCain and Romney when it came down to the home stretch.
Empathy without clarity leads to a place where Trump’s material threat to nonwhites—“stop and frisk,” mass deportation, Muslim surveillance, etc.—is treated as incidental to the story of Trump and his support, when it’s the opposite.
Trump has tried (in vain) to appeal to Black voters. His platform is (with the exception of the “law and order” aspect) really good for Black Americans. The law and order thing is also good for Black families and communities, actually. But the community has decided to champion those in their community least deserving of advocacy and solidarity.
Bringing strong union jobs back to the Rust Belt and driving out the migrant slave labor underclass will help Black Americans at least as much as it will help White Americans. And I think I speak for more than just myself in the nationalist community when I say that I would rather my tax dollars go to Black Americans on welfare and public assistance than to the rapidly growing mob of tens of millions of illegals, recent immigrants, and “refugees” spilling over our borders.
Of course, Trump can’t have the Black vote because they vote tribally. Despite their finding much of the contemporary Democratic Party platform repugnant, the urban machine politicians reliably drive Blacks to the polls to vote for the candidates who are on their racial team. Jeb’s having a non-White family, Marco’s migrant heritage, and even Herman Cain’s having blackness wouldn’t persuade the Black community away from the DNC, because they put identity politics first.
Racism is a huge obstacle to a kind of class solidarity. And that, as long as real-life Dougs hold on to their identity politics, that obstacle will remain.
Jamelle has the nerve to open this essay with an accusation of “blind spots” only to exhibit his own solar eclipse of a blind spot. In his mind, only non-Whites have a right to identity politics, no matter how disempowered and marginalized White folks might be. For him, “justice” is a unilateral disarmament where Whites are not allowed to think or behave in their own tribal interests while everybody else categorically must put their tribal interests before all else.
Of course, I don’t actually believe it’s a blind spot. I believe Mr. Bouie is a genuine bigot who masks his racial bigotry in obfuscated language for his white liberal audience. He doesn’t wish for “fairness,” “justice,” or “progress.” He sees it all as zero-sum and is calling for the opposing team to lay down their weapons so he can win. Much like the host who can’t possibly stand to hear Tom Hanks’ character’s opinion on Black Lives Matter, Bouie cannot and will not tolerate a platform for White folks to express any identitarian concerns.
That’s fine. We don’t need his permission. Thanks to the Internet, we have our own platforms now. And we will no longer be silenced.