Found an article about a study that looked into factors that predict support for Trump, and that economic dissatisifaction, while a part, is not nearly the strongest correlation. Yep, bigotry, specifically of the racist and hostile sexism variety (interestingly benevolent sexism wasn't correlated). The study is linked in the article.
At some point, you might start to wonder why journalists keep writing about the link between Trump’s support and bigoted beliefs. The election is done. Do we really need to analyze what happened over and over again?
The point, at least for me, is not to demonize Trump voters. The point is to understand them in order to better grasp how they could vote for someone who ran a clearly bigoted campaign and who most voters agreed is unqualified for the nation’s highest office.
As Schaffner, MacWilliams, and Nteta write in their paper, there’s growing evidence that 2016 was unique — in that racism and sexism played a more powerful role than recent presidential elections. “Specifically, we find no statistically significant relationship between either the racism or sexism scales and favorability ratings of either [Republican candidate] John McCain or Mitt Romney,” they write. “However, the pattern is quite strong for favorability ratings of Donald Trump.”
The concern, then, is that this is the beginning of a modern trend in which politicians like Trump directly and explicitly play into people’s prejudices to win elections — and it works.
If that’s really what’s happening, it’s important for progressives and anyone interested in limiting the power of bigotry in US politics to know and demonstrate what’s going on. Studies like this put a bigger imperative on getting to the root of the problem and figuring out ways to reduce people’s racial or gendered biases.
To this end, the research also shows it’s possible to reach out to Trump voters — even those who are racist or sexist today — in an empathetic way without condoning their bigotries. The evidence suggests, in fact, that the best way to weaken people’s racial or other biases is through frank, empathetic dialogue. (Much more on that in my in-depth piece on the research.) Given that, the best approach to really combating racism and sexism may be empathy.
One study, for example, found that canvassing people’s homes and having a 10-minute, nonconfrontational conversation about transgender rights — in which people’s lived experiences were relayed so they could understand how prejudice feels personally — managed to reduce voters’ anti-transgender attitudes for at least three months. Perhaps a similar model could be adapted to reach out to people with racist, sexist, or other deplorable views, although this possibility needs more study.
Again, as has been stated upthread, but no means do I believe that bigotry is the one and only factor. But it is a part. And due to the number of factors any single factor could be blamed. So liberals have got to work on all of them. We need better candidates (and not of the traditional mould), a better ground game, a less corrupt DNC, less corporate-owned democrats, a 50 state strategy, need to engage the youth/democrats to avoid low turnout, don't ignore economic dissatisfaction & make sure that the needs of regular people (middle & lower class) have a voice and place in our party.
And apparently liberals/democrats/decent people need to figure out how to enlighten people with bigotry using empathy. Hold them with regard and show them the empathy that they withhold with others. FSM help us.
The thing is, I can see that perhaps, for racism, homophobia, transphobia, that it could be due to lack of exposure or interactions with said group. (Which is why the culture around perception of gay people has changed so drastically, they are likely to be in most extended families and when they refused to stay in the closet anymore people had to decide between, or uncomfortably reconcile, their conflicting feelings of homophobia and love. At least in loving functional families).
Um, what about sexism? Everyone knows some women right? So how does sexism (included women with internalized misogyny that are sexist against women) even develop? That is some f'd up Jedi-mind trick. Some kinda of mass cultural gas lighting or something.
Edited by sierraleone, 07 January 2017 - 06:07 PM.
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Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
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