Could some Democrats finally be realizing there is nothing attractive about calling a person a bigot over a simple political disagreement? The very notion seems about as unlikely as CNN’s Jim Acosta finally recognizing that many people view him as narcissistic. Still, recent developments indicate that the moderate faction of the Democratic Party might wish to jettison some of the worst characteristics of woke theology.
Democratic Leaders Push Back Against Woke Theology
Over the past week, some high-profile Democratic leaders indicated they might not be fully on board with the more fringe aspects of woke theology. Recently, Democratic strategist James Carville publicly spoke out against wokeness.
During an interview with Vox about President Joe Biden’s first 100 days, Carville criticized the woke crowd for being out of touch with ordinary people, especially in how they use language. “They come up with a word like ‘Latinx’ that no one else uses. Or they use a phrase like ‘communities of color.’ I don’t know anyone who speaks like that. I don’t know anyone who lives in a ‘community of color.’ I know lots of white and black and brown people and they all live in … neighborhoods,” he said.
He continued, intimating that many in the Democratic Party see wokeness as a serious problem but will not express their views publicly out of fear of the cancel culture.
“‘Wokeness’ is a problem and everyone knows it. It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud,” Carville explained. “They’ll get clobbered or canceled.”
Despite the inevitable criticism, Carville has not only refused to shy away from his remarks but also recently doubled down on them during a conversation with CNN’s Michael Smerconish.
The CNN host asked, “Correct me if I am wrong, it is questioning — not that you are questioning any one aspect of what gets lumped into wokeness but I think you are saying as a political strategy this dog doesn’t hunt.”
“It doesn’t hunt on several levels,” Carville replied, arguing that Democrats should “address people as they address each other, not like the humanities department at Amherst wants you to address everybody.”
The strategist pointed out that pushing for radical policies like defunding police departments was a losing strategy in 2020.
“I can look at the voting results in the Rio Grande Valley. I can look at the voting results in Miami-Dade. I can relate conversations that I have with people every day,” Carville said. “People who don’t want to live like this are scared to address the issue because it might come out the wrong way. No one is using that language except for, you know, some of our people on television if you go to — if you need wokeness, just go listen to NPR. I leave it on my truck radio so I never fall asleep.”
It seems that other Democratic leaders recognize the same issue as Carville. After Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) became the subject of criticism and racial epithets for stating that America is not a racist nation, both Vice President Kamala Harris and Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) publicly agreed with his remarks.
Will the Democrats Learn?
It is worth noting that some Democrats’ seeming rejection of wokeness should not be taken as a sign that the hard-left theology does not remain influential. Indeed, people like Harris might signal that she is not fully in line with the far left, but she almost certainly agrees with most of its tenets.
Moreover, plenty of Democratic leaders zealously adhere to woke doctrine and are still gung-ho about proselytizing for their faith. The cold hard reality is that the party is locked in a civil war between the hard left and the moderate establishment. The eventual victor of this struggle is anyone’s guess at this point.
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