…hese voters’ support of Trump had much more to do with cultural issues, such as race and identity. (Before I go any further, I would caution some of those who have believed this to be the case all along, as I think this explanation is more nuanced than simply “all Trump voters are racist.”)
Same Beat, Different Lyrics…sounds like a sequel to me.
This “lost cultural identity” narrative with its “cultural anxiety” issues seems to be gaining some steam and is intended to assuage what has always been and seems will always be — a dispositional attribution issue. America’s founding was predicated on “needing protection from foreign influence” and such tendencies begin with the biases borne within, from which there are historical and constitutional accounts. What drives this counterintuitive attitude, behavior, and belief (insensitivity) is motivated ignorance — not knowing, and or not wanting to know or embrace truth about its multicultural identity. A remarkable identity that has culminated into superpower status, and that has promulgated it into being interdependent on its diversity — unwittingly.
But then again no one wants to know or hear about all that. What they would rather come up with is false justifications in an effort to maintain what is unsustainable and corrupt like privilege, inequality and prejudice — basically forms of oppression.
So I hardly believe that Donald Trump would solve this cultural identity/cultural anxiety problem, it would appear that he would only exacerbate it by simply unpacking it. I guess my statements will be construed by what you mentioned “as an intellectually lazy excuse” but there is nothing more lazier than reducing people to race/pigmentation or political tribes — democrat and republican under this scam of a social construct. Only an unsolicited subscription to whiteness will have you conclude that there is such a thing as race. Only the electoral college system will have you believe that Trump legitimately won the national election.
Many have falsely accused President Barack Obama — a black man whose mother is white — as causally provoking racial discord in a post racial America, this was and is merely dispositional. Apparently many Americans weren’t really listening to President Obama as intently as they do President Trump. Congress surely wasn’t.
“Immigrants aren’t the principal reason wages haven’t gone up; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that all too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns. America is every immigrant and entrepreneur from Boston to Austin to Silicon Valley, racing to shape a better future,”
“That’s who we are.”
[But]I believe we can work together to pass immigration reform in a way that unites the people in this country, not in a way that divides us by playing on our worst instincts and fears. — President Barack Obama on Immigration Reform.
… We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted. For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime. — President Donald Trump on immigration Reform.
I have written about this phenomena that seems to overwhelm us into finding excuses for behavior that simply can’t be excused.
It Appears That We Are Outnumbered And Surrounded
When you find yourself trapped within a contentious circle that is on the brink of emoting incivility, many experts…
American Democracy It Seems Is Not Idiot Proof
Yet It Is Touted And Revered For Its Simpleness
A spade is but a shovel
If pointing out instances of motivated ignorance on display here seems like ridicule then it might just be dispositional. Many should read this as trying to convince ignorant people to become less ignorant. I am simply advocating for the unearthing of some truths. I am just revealing that a spade is just a shovel, much in the same way I guess Michael Baharaeen is attempting to call a shovel a spade.