…pinionated, managed to squeeze a fellow Archie Bunker into the presidency. Now they feel validated. No matter what he does, their ignorance and his will spin it as ‘real smart stuff’ because the high of having ‘won’ something means more than everything they don’t understand about the world and couldn’t come close to articulating even if their lives depended on it.
Excellent point Ré Harris which makes this passage from a dissertation on motivated ignorance by Lauren Michelle Woomer so apropos…
“…the location of white people at the top of the racial hierarchy encourages them to misunderstand the world in order to justify and preserve their social position, and they develop ways of processing information that allow them to do this.”
…apparently at the detriment to everybody else — including themselves.