Fundamental Truth: When People Feel Oppressed They Vote in Their Own Self-Interest – That’s the Essence of Democracy, Not Racism

ELDER PATRIOT – Carol Swain is an American political scientist, former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, and former television host. She is the author or editor of six books.  Her scholarly work has been cited by two Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States while crafting their decisions.

Last week she was interviewed by Judge Jeanine Pirro at which time she discussed why she predicted that a growing number of whites would be voting in their own self-interests as early as 2000.

Professor Swain said these voters would not be motivated racism, or a feeling of superiority, but rather because:

“What I saw in 2000, this rise of the new white nationalism occurred long before the election of president Trump and I called it new to distinguish it from white supremacy because the people who were involved were more intellectual, they were not espousing racial violence or using epithets, but they had grievances.

“They were upset about multiculturalism, about affirmative action.  They felt that white people’s rights were being trampled and that there was no one speaking up or listening to their grievances.

“And, so at the time when they were really stressing the racial double standard, I saw the potential for the argument to resonate among young people.

“I knew that the movement would grow unless we started addressing these issues.

“I saw that there were conditions that were converging to create a devil’s group for racial unrest.

“They’re using white supremacy and white nationalism as terms to encompass everyone. 

“The movement that I studied were people who were more intellectual, they were not expressing violence, they were not using racial epithets, and in fact they were using social science data, F.B.I. statistics, and science to make a case.  And they were saying that they were not white supremacists that wanted separatism.  They wanted self-determination.  They felt that white’s were like any other group.” 

Prof. Swain acknowledged that some fringe extremists would embrace this new movement but that the vast majority would simply be white people expressing their frustration with what they viewed as a government being leveraged against them.

Blacks, who have serious grievances of their own, should be among the first to recognize what is happening with this white movement.

During George W. Bush’s term the hostility towards new programs, like affirmative action, were masked by a strong economy but from 2008 onwards the diminishing economic opportunity and stagnant wage growth removed that mask.

Trump has acknowledged this, which is why in the aftermath of Charlottesville he said that many of these problems would be ameliorated if his economic growth agenda were to be enacted.

The question people should be asking themselves is why are any politicians – Republicans or Democrats – opposed to growing the economy?

The vast majority of Trump supporters are no different than the great majority of blacks who followed the non-violent movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

We must not let the violent fringe of either party to define who we are, and how we think and feel – as much as the MSM and the political elite wants us to do that.