Laura Ingraham set Twitter ablaze Wednesday after a monologue in which she blamed American’s decline on demographic shifts…http://bit.ly/2M3wp9T
“In some parts of the country it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham continued. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.
“Now much of this is related to both illegal and, in some cases, legal immigration that of course progressives love,” she added.
She concluded by arguing that “it’s not about race or ethnicity” but many were not buying it. Kimberly Ross at Red State says the only thing that has no place in this country is Ingraham’s bigotry…http://bit.ly/2Mg9IhN
If a disintegration of your culture is worrisome, then perhaps you should teach your kids and their kids about their own ancestry and heritage? Celebrate your lives and the lives of those who have gone before. Amazingly enough, the mere existence of other cultures doesn’t actually diminish yours.
America is made up of a diverse population of individuals. These citizens were either born here or legally discovered the opportunity and hope that exists within our borders later in life. I won’t ever ask legal immigrants to leave because they don’t look, think, or act like me.
SE Cupp at CNN said this message was meant for a particular audience and it probably succeeded…https://cnn.it/2OUAYB4
To many, that sounded racist. That’s because it is. She isn’t complaining that the country’s getting older or younger, richer or poorer, that we’re having more or fewer children or moving to the suburbs. She’s complaining that people who come to America from other countries — even legally — are making this country unrecognizable to her. Indeed, to “us.”
Who “us” means is also clear: Fox News viewers, who are predominantly 65 and older and white. I know many of those viewers, and I’m sad to say that message probably resonated with a lot of them.
Race relations deteriorated under President Barack Obama. Things have probably gotten worse under President Trump. It is hard to even talk about the feelings that many have in the white community without being labeled a racist. David French argues in a piece that he wrote before all this controversy broke out. That discussion of American cultural conflicts has to take place alongside pivotal conversations about race, not instead of them…http://bit.ly/2OpfqeQ
Thus, conservative white Americans look at urban multicultural liberalism and notice an important fact: Its white elite remains, and continues to enjoy staggering amounts of power and privilege. So when that same white elite applauds the decline of “white America,” what conservatives often hear isn’t a cheer for racial justice but another salvo in our ongoing cultural grudge match, with the victors seeking to elevate black and brown voices while remaining on top themselves.
This is but one short piece. Other pieces can be written about the role race undeniably plays in our politics and culture. But it’s important to understand that when conservatives confront a political coalition that seems to be cheering the decline of “whiteness,” they often experience it as an attack on “white people the Left doesn’t like.”
As for the rest? They roll on, enjoying the same power and the same privilege. They’ve sacrificed little and stand to gain a lot: nothing short of victory in the great white culture war.
French’s piece quotes a recent article by Reihan Salem who argues that upper-class whites seem to revel in the bashing of lower-class whites as a way to disaffiliate themselves from that culture. This is something that does seem to be almost an exclusive trait within the white community. You don’t see these disaffiliation tendencies with Black or Hispanic leader even though the same problems of drug use, low graduation rates, and chronic unemployment are just as prevalent in their low-class communities as well.
What I took away from French’s piece can be applied to Laura Ingraham’s monologue. Ingraham’s monologue addresses the very problems that French is talking about. However, her, and many others, animosity is directed at the wrong group. It’s not the diversity in your community that is making you feel like crap, its Democrats in Washington. If elected elitists on the coast are putting down your community direct your anger towards them, not your neighbor. You and your neighbor have a lot more in common than you think.