Everyone’s still a person

Class, class, class, class. Remember that when you pillory large segments of the population on social media, everyone can see it and it can be used against liberals to create a wedge between races and sexes during elections.

Creating a society with equality of economic opportunity is not an identity politics issues. If we attempt to sacrifice working class whites on the alter of identity, we shouldn’t be surprised when they fight back.

A white factory worker in the Midwest who lost their job overseas is probably going to respond negatively to being told, in fairly esoteric and abstract language, that he is a racist and a bigot and privileged for being white. Is this person privileged for being white? In some ways yes and some ways no. But if liberals want to continue to pride themselves on their empathy and understanding of suffering, they really need to “get” why white people are feeling upset about all these things right now. Some are more justifiable than others, and some are definitely rooted in racism and sexism. However, shaming them and screaming at them and making them hate you is not going to help your cause. They are still voters and their voices will be heard, as it was during this election.

The world isn’t fair or easy, of which this election has been a stark reminder. Whatever race or sex or group you find yourselves lumped into might be relatively more or less oppressed than a lot of Trump supporters, and some other Clinton supporters may be way more or way less oppressed than that group. It’s not a competition and trying to make it so will only bring heartache and failure. Building equality for all starts with making our economy more equitable for all. Trying to claim the moral high ground, and therefore increased importance based on your individual affiliation just muddies the waters and drives away highly necessary if not entirely comfortable allies. There are so many issues dealing with racism and sexism this country must address, but clearly the tactics we have been using have failed and even backfired. Creating equality of economic opportunity is a way to help all communities while removing a significant voting bloc (working class whites) the forces opposing racial and gender equality manipulate into voting against their interest. Order of operations.

Moral Purity and Pragmatism sit at opposite ends of a spectrum. If you are entirely morally pure, it is doubtful you are getting much accomplished. If you are entirely pragmatic you might be getting lots of “stuff” accomplished, but you’ve traded in every ideal to accomplish them, which means those accomplishments might not mean very much. Navigating between these two points is where we find effective campaign strategy. We have lost our way for so many reasons, not least of which is the echo chamber of corporate media and social media. But if you want to change things, you’ve got to recognize this point and carve out a real and discernible strategy that includes understanding and empathizing with those who disagree with you politically.

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