No, I don’t think you’re a racist — at least I hope you’re not.
Not everyone who voted for Trump is a racist. That’s not true, and I’ve never said it. Barry Goldwater wasn’t, though he did start the process of identifying the Republican Party, which had historically been the civil rights party, with white resentment. Heck, I don’t know for sure if Trump is a racist … or just plays one on TV. (With him, it’s hard to be sure.) But they’re infesting your party, and that’s bad news — for you.
I suspect most Republicans have never visited the websites of the “alt right” that everyone is talking about — any more than most Democrats. If you go to, say, the comments section of American Renaissance, you’ll learn a whole new, gut-wrenching vocabulary for talking about African-Americans and other minorities. You’ll find policy proposals that begin, “After we’ve gotten rid of the [African-Americans] ….” I don’t accuse you of being that, but that is one of the faces of your party.
Thing is, the fundamentals did not change in the slightest on November 8. The country is still on track to become majority non-white. White Christians, who are the main social base of today’s Republican Party, are already an absolute minority of the American people, and they are projected to be a minority of the electorate by 2024 — and increasing numbers of them, especially the younger ones, are rejecting the politics of reaction. (The numbers are set forth in The End of White Christian America, by Robert Jones, which I highly recommend to everyone.) The traditional sex roles are not coming back. And — you probably can’t see this now, but it’s true — unregulated, free-market capitalism is not going to pay off for the majority of the people.
Today’s America has a natural majority of non-whites and non-traditionalist white people, and that majority is growing. In case you missed it, Hillary actually won the election, as Gore did in 2000. Twice in this century, you’ve elected a president despite losing the popular-vote majority, and any moral issues aside, that’s likely to come back and bite you. Your legislative control is based mainly on gerrymandering — through much of recent years, your party has controlled Congress and a number of state legislatures even though most of the voters voted Democratic — and I hope you can see that’s a situation that’s not sustainable.
Your party has two choices, and you’re the ones who have to decide. The present course, for which the Trump presidency is looking to be the final consummation, is to try to govern despite not being able to win an honest, majority-rule election. You can try to depress the votes of minorities and young people through various tricks. You can continue to cheat the voters out of their majority by gerrymandering. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you’d really prefer not to play it that way. And in any event, it’s just setting things up for a powerful and destructive reaction when we, inevitably, come back in.
Or you can decide to try to deal with the new majority. As long as your party harbors the white nationalists, non-white voters aren’t going to look at you. As long as it harbors the sexual reactionaries, you’re going to be bleeding support among young people and the sexually non-traditional. Kick them out, and you may have shot at appealing to the new majority. Those are the choices.
What to do now? OK, you’ve won this round and can make the laws. But don’t try to deport the undocumented. It will only lead to more violence than I hope you’re willing to countenance. Don’t try to repeal of civil rights and voting rights acts. I hope most of you won’t sit still for that either. That new majority, Diverse America, is coming, and you can welcome it or ….
It’s your party.