Understanding the Aggrieved Right

We at Collaborative Wisdom believe that a majority of us have to get together in order to fix our government, and our futures – ours and our grandchildren.  To agree, we have to understand each other.  This article (click to read) is one researcher’s attempt to understand people who supported Trump. Below is one essential extract – the “Deep Story” – of the Trump supporter viewpoint she distilled from 5 years in Louisiana.  But there is much more, including their perspective on the need for religion and morality, and immigration.  Please read and understand, because it will help.  Could it be that Bias cuts BOTH ways?

“You are patiently standing in the middle of a long line stretching toward the horizon, where the American Dream awaits. But as you wait, you see people cutting in line ahead of you. Many of these line-cutters are black—beneficiaries of affirmative action or welfare. Some are career-driven women pushing into jobs they never had before. Then you see immigrants, Mexicans, Somalis, the Syrian refugees yet to come. As you wait in this unmoving line, you’re being asked to feel sorry for them all. You have a good heart. But who is deciding who you should feel compassion for? Then you see President Barack Hussein Obama waving the line-cutters forward. He’s on their side. In fact, isn’t he a line-cutter too? How did this fatherless black guy pay for Harvard? As you wait your turn, Obama is using the money in your pocket to help the line-cutters. He and his liberal backers have removed the shame from taking. The government has become an instrument for redistributing your money to the undeserving. It’s not your government anymore; it’s theirs.

I [the article author] checked this distillation with those I interviewed to see if this version of the deep story rang true. Some altered it a bit (“the line-waiters form a new line”) or emphasized a particular point (those in back are paying for the line-cutters). But all of them agreed it was their story. One man said, “I live your analogy.” Another said, “You read my mind.”

Then ask yourself: Why does the Left feel so much empathy for refugees and illegal immigrants, but not for poor whites and inner city citizens who could use the same money and public services spent on immigrants for citizen education and health care?  Are we profiling our own citizens as lazy and stupid, and immigrants as more deserving?  For sure, the people the author interviewed in Louisiana feel we are, and that has to change, one way or the other.

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