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- Jul 24, 2011
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How White Victimhood Fuels Republican Politics
On Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, was elected the first Black president of the United States. His election was seen as a hopeful mome…
With President Biden having just passed one full year in office, public opinion research shows that white Americans — and especially Republicans — see whites as victims of discrimination more than, say, Hispanic or Black Americans. According to a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, for example, only 17 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning Americans said there is “a lot” of discrimination against Black people in today’s society. That number rose to 26 percent when Republicans were asked whether they believed white people faced “a lot” of discrimination. And intense white racial resentment remains present both among Trump’s base and in our politics today. Case in point: Trump, who’s a (very, very early) favorite to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is still hitting that same drum; during a recent political event, the former president went so far as to falsely claim that white people were currently being discriminated against and sent to the “back of the line” when it came to receiving COVID-19 vaccines and treatment.
White wingers have deluded themselves into believing that they, not racial minorities, are the True Victims of racism in America. What they're really scared of is an America that is becoming less White and more Brown, and thus, Whites' losing power. This is the core of all right-wing politics in America right now, more than any other cause. We see this, for example, with militant parents crashing school board meetings demanding that their child not learn about racism or LGBTQ issues, or expressing sympathy for Ukrainian migrants while calling Nicaraguan migrants "invaders."
Brace yourself if these people manage to take the presidency back in 2024. They may find a way to never give it up.