Democrats are the party of teachers’ unions, whose interest in school closures during the Covid-19 crisis has collided with that of working parents. They are the party that supports the teaching of controversial racial dogma (also called critical racial theory, rightly or wrongly) to susceptible children. And they are the party that revised or abolished competitive public school exams in New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Northern Virginia because of the racial makeup (usually disproportionately Asian) of the resulting student organizations.
These issues are especially striking because they concern the core of the Democrats’ public philosophy. Roughly since the assassination of George Floyd in May 2020, Democrats have been telling a story about the country that focuses far too much on race and far too much on Donald Trump.
The various iterations of the Voting Rights Act known as the For the People Act are a prime example of this. With the presidency, both houses of Congress and the most influential parts of the media, Democrats have monopolized the political argument for a year. If there was solid evidence that the bill was truly an emergency project to protect democracy, rather than the partisan wish list its opponents claimed, it would have won by now.
When Mr. Biden told a crowd in Atlanta this month that those opposed to this bill were on the same side as Alabama’s segregationist Governor George Wallace and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, he arguably combined Hillary Clinton’s condescension. deplorable’ comment from 2016 with some sort of anti-white race baiting. That is electorally dangerous. Democrats lost white, college-educated voters by 25 points in the last election, and there’s no guarantee the margin won’t widen.
But this may not even be the party’s biggest miscalculation when it comes to demographics. Minorities seem to dislike the Democrats’ racialized approach as much as whites do. Political scientist Ruy Teixeira, who has written extensively about Latin America’s abandonment of Democrats, notes that 84 percent of non-whites support voting photo ID requirements that would prohibit Democrats’ voting reforms. In a hypothetical rematch of the 2020 election, a recent Wall Street Journal poll showed that Biden would beat Mr. Trump among Hispanics — but only by a point (44-to-43), not by nearly a margin of 30. points he enjoyed back then.
This is not the triumph for a false consciousness that could befall disappointed activists. Democrats have been led astray by their obsession with Trump. They misunderstood what the former president represented to voting Americans. Mr. Trump took advantage of smoldering grievances against various information economy elites and managers. There is no reason why ethnic minority voters should not share some of those grievances.
For example, voters from any background might be shocked to see Mr Trump whipping up his followers on January 6, 2021. democracy. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan gave more than $400 million to the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life to help local governments organize elections under Covid-19 conditions. Their donation was approximately equal to the amount earmarked for it in the CARES Act of 2020. It’s hard to imagine anyone concerned about the role of private wealth in prisons, military logistics, or public schools would welcome such a role in elections.