In light of the racial meltdown in America since the killing of George Floyd, it would be understandable to conclude that black voters must be responsible for the radical leftward turn of the Democratic Party. But an expansive examination of voting patterns in 2020, combined with the ongoing results of this year’s New York City mayoral contest, actually reveals quite the opposite.
Eric Adams, the counterintuitive frontrunner in New York’s Democrat primary, is a black former police captain who has risen to the top of a crowded, minority-dominated field on the strength of a straight, no-nonsense law-and-order platform. And buried in the midst of an article in the far-left outlet The New York Times on the mayoral race – and what Adams’ ascension portends for the future of the Democratic Party – is what might be called a head-spinning statement: “The results in the mayoral primary so far are evidence of the continuing power of Black voters to act as a moderating force in a Democratic Party that has seen growing numbers of white voters shift decisively to the left.”
This hammers home the same underlying and under-reported truth asserted in several articles on Liberty Nation in recent months, only this time it comes from a publication that serves as the closest thing to scripture as it gets on the left. It is not blacks, but wealthy white progressives – most especially those much-vaunted suburban Caucasian women so taken with the virtue inherent in supporting the likes of Kamala Harris – who are almost single-handedly responsible for the defeat of Donald Trump. While the women’s vote for president in 2020 went 57-42% in favor of the Democrat – damaging enough to Trump by itself – it was college-educated women, overwhelmingly white, who all but handed the White House to our current president, favoring Biden by a staggering 40-point margin. Men with college degrees were not helpful to the 45th president either; their support dropped from 51% in 2016 to 43% in 2020.
But how about the black vote? Well, Trump in 2020 finished six points better among black men than in 2016 (not to mention five percentage points up among Hispanic women). His numbers among black women and Hispanic men were similar in both elections. Add it up – Trump loses in 2020 with more black support than when he won in 2016 – and the conclusion is inescapable: It was not black people, but those 4-Ws – wealthy, woke, white women – who put Joe Biden in the White House.
Here is another related hard truth emanating from the mayoral race in the Big Apple: it is whites, not blacks, who are responsible for America’s 2020 summer of shame. Yes, there was certainly a large black presence in both peaceful protests and riots, but the kindling exploded into a nationwide five-alarm fire with the infusion of barbarians from white-dominated Antifa, and the rank cowardice and cynicism of white party leaders – Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer head the list – who stood by and thought only of politics, refusing to call off the dogs as the nation imploded.
It is white progressives, not blacks, who are responsible for critical race theory. It is a white-run operation, the Gray Lady, which created the monster with its hideous 1619 Project. It is white progressives, not blacks, who are leading the (likely futile) radical campaign to turn the country on its head by ending the filibuster, packing the courts, and adding new states to the union, all but guaranteeing Democrat rule for as far as the eye can see.
Biden himself embodies this new reality. A conventional liberal over his almost 50-year career in politics, he was never outwardly socialist or anti-American. But he took to parroting the talking points of the social justice warriors in 2020 by, for the first time, labeling the country “systemically racist.” The magnitude of that assertion by a major party nominee for president was lost – or more likely ignored – amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic and the most alarming summer of violence in memory – since even before Biden entered the political world. This president’s journey to wokeness parallels that of so many white liberals.
But if there is one more conclusion that can be drawn from the NYC race, it is that old-time limousine liberals have become limousine leftists, lending fresh meaning to the classic NIMBY (not in my backyard) narrative. They favor drastic reductions in police budgets – as long as all of the resulting crime happens nowhere near them. White, newly woke liberals might talk big about their lofty ideals of defunding the police or whatever woke cause de jour comes down the pipeline, but when it comes right down to it, they will vote for the candidate promising to protect them from the very thing they are so vocally supporting. Think of that. Thank goodness for the ol’ secret ballot, which allows you to talk one way and vote another.
All of this for the supposed sake of black people who seem to be saying what should be obvious even to guilt-ridden, self-loathing white people who have bought the BLM narrative hook, line, and sinker: We need law and order, safety, and security just like white people – in fact, we need it more given the crime-ridden cities run almost universally by Democrats – and we really don’t need white people championing what they think should be our cause – defunding the police.
But, you might say, isn’t liberal white paternalism towards blacks – we know better than you about what’s good for you – the very reason for their leftward shift? If so, then what does it mean when the love goes unrequited and the objects of their political affection reject what they are offering? What if, much to the chagrin of newly woke white liberals, black people are actually not interested in being identified strictly by the color of their skin, or more diversity programs, or more massive government welfare programs, or teaching critical race theory in schools?
How far does it go before the black self-empowerment movement – populated by citizens not enamored with virtue-signaling white politicians trying to hijack their cause and solve their problems – gives up on white left-wing leadership – and the Democratic Party itself?
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