Thomas Edsall’s article is a lengthy read but a worthwhile read. Deep into the article, Edsall quoted Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird, political scientists at Duke and Bowdoin, as saying “Political solidarity has been a crucial political asset of black Americans during a long struggle against racial injustice, and a few symbolic gestures or policy initiatives won’t win significant black support for Republicans.”

Do White and Laird think that criminal justice reform, opportunity scholarships, record minority unemployment and the IMPACT Act as “a few symbolic gestures or policy initiatives?” It isn’t surprising that White and Laird are “the authors of a new book ‘Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior.” I haven’t read the book but it sounds like White and Laird think that African-Americans are monolithic voters. I find that impossible to believe.

The definition of monolithic is “characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity, invulnerability, etc.; a monolithic society.” During the early primaries, liberal pundits speculated that Pete Buttigieg would have difficulty attracting African-American voters because he’s gay. Some African-Americans still voted for Buttigieg but African-Americans who were also evangelical Christians found Buttigieg’s holier-than-thou attitude off-putting.

White and Laird’s theory might turn out right. Still, betting on monoliths is foolish. Betting on monolithic structures when we’ve seen dynamic changes like this happen isn’t foolish, it’s stupid:

The definition of symbolic gesture is “an act that has no purpose or effect other than to show support, respect, etc.” Opportunity Zones aren’t symbolic. They’re substantive. According to Sen. Tim Scott, his legislation will provide “workforce training opportunities to better education to businesses being attracted into these opportunity zones.”

Those aren’t token gestures. Those are the types of things that make multi-generational, substantive improvements. Charles Payne is right in stating that Sen. Scott would be on the cover of Time Magazine if he was a Democrat who got this legislation enacted.

This article is pessimistic about the Republicans making gains with African-Americans. I think that too many African-American people’s lives have improved for the vote to essentially stay the same. This fall, we’ll see whose prediction is right.

PS- Anyone betting against Candace Owens and Tim Scott is foolish.

4 Responses to “Is this how Democrats view African-Americans?”

  • Chad Q says:

    Democrats view blacks as people who are either too stupid or lazy to do things on their own so the bar must be lowered for them to succeed. If I were black or any other minority, I’d tell democrats to get off my side as you are not doing me any favors treating me as less of a person as you do whites.

  • John Palmer says:

    Was the Civil War effort simply symbolic? How about the Emancipation Proclamation? It must have been symbolic because a Republican President signed it. It should be remembered that the first black congressional members were Republicans and the former slaves voted Republican in overwhelming numbers as a tribute to Lincoln. It took the “Jim Crow” laws enacted by white Democrats and the lynching of Republicans both black and white to suppress the black republican vote. It was not until FDR and his welfare state came along that blacks began to vote for the party of the KKK. Chad is right the democrats approach to the black vote is to make them wards of the state since they could not possibly succeed on their own merit. It is long since time that black voters return to their historic home in the Republican Party.

  • eric z says:

    You guys should be tweeting such thinking for a broader audience to see the premises and conclusions behind the post and the comments. It would help the Democrats.

    I’ve never heard of Candace Owens and Tim Scott. They must be regular Fox talking heads. Why should I care about a couple of unknown voices, or is there something beyond Fox where there’d be gravitas?

    Last, is that video link correct, or a dead item now? I got a video unavailable window trying to see what you’d embedded. Is it my browser configuration blocking something, or is the link now dead? All that displayed were a few link boxes at the bottom, Fox on the market tanking, Liberty University in another, all Fox.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, this shows your ignorance of all thing conservative. Candace Owens has testified multiple times before Congress. She made Jerry Nadler look like a blithering idiot. Tim Scott’s other name is Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. He’s the gentleman who has made life for inner city African-Americans much better. I guess making people’s lives better isn’t important to you. It’s important to us. That’s why we’ll win again in 2020.

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