We can achieve lots of things without working class white support — ie the Civil Rights Act.
This couldn’t be more wrong.
Marcus H. Johnson
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I’m not in favor of much of what Traditional Tradesman is arguing here, but I would like to make a point about the white working class. The trends have shown that the non-college educated whites are swinging to the GOP more with every election, but their low turnout has mitigated the impact (only 57% in 2012). If their turnout rises to match the turnout of black voters in 2012 (66%), and if they vote for the GOP like Asian-Americans voted for Democrats (67%), then the GOP would win the electoral college 282–256. Black voters would have to increase their turnout to 78% in such a scenario to keep a Democrat in the White House, which wasn’t even achieved in 2008. See for yourself with 538’s demographic voting model. Of course, no one can accurately predict turnout for the general election, and I’m ignoring shifts in preference and turnout for the other groups, but it does establish the importance of each voting bloc.

I don’t believe the solution is to advocate for “race blindness” and a class-exclusive interpretation of oppression. It also doesn’t seem right to simply write off the support of any one demographic group, especially not the white working class. While we have not totally excised racism from our communities, we are making progress (and I include myself only because of my background, not my education status). A 2013 CAP/Hart Research poll of non-college educated whites revealed that 64% of respondents agreed that “Americans will learn more from one another and be enriched by exposure to many different cultures.” The same percentage agreed that “A bigger, more diverse workforce will lead to more economic growth” and 57% said that “with more diverse people working and living together, discrimination will decrease.” [Source] Those rates of pro-diversity sentiment are even higher for the Millennials. Rather than considering us toxic participants of the Democratic coalition, it seems to me that a majority of us make natural political allies.

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