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Posted on | March 6, 2021 | Comments Off on R-A-A-A-A-A-CISM!

“We are not a nation of victims, and neither are we a nation of oppressors. Most of us are just trying to get through the week, pay our bills, and live the best life we can.”
“Why Is Identity Politics Destroying America?”

John Sexton reports on the latest development in the Culture War:

USA Today published the results of a new poll on the public’s support for Black Lives Matter and for police. The poll found that support for BLM is still down from the highs it briefly saw last summer. Meanwhile trust in local police is up substantially. But there’s a hitch, and you can probably guess what it is. Black and white Americans view these issues very differently. In fact, the two are almost a mirror image at this point.

The point is that this is all about pure partisan politics.

Five years ago, nobody was talking about “systemic racism.” Why not? Because Obama was president and Hillary was locked in as the 2016 Democratic Party nominee. Instead, what everybody was talking about in 2016 was misogyny and patriarchal oppression of women. Why did the subject of the media narrative change? Because the political needs of the Democratic Party changed. In 2016, everybody in the media was trying to make feminism seem like a “mainstream” belief system, so that Hillary could be seen as legitimately deserving of the presidency.

By the spring of 2020, however, internal polling and focus groups told Democrats that electing Joe Biden required making “systemic racism” the focus of the media narrative. CNN then turned the death of George Floyd into a national crusade, initiating a summer of race riots intended to “energize” the black vote for Biden. We will discuss this problem and much more tonight at 7 p.m. ET on The Other Podcast.

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