Unless you are white. If you’re white your culture is racist and bad and must change.
I think this is the identity politics election and I think it is true that a lot of it is reactionary. It’s reactionary in the sense that it’s a reaction to the rising identity politics of the left and of minorities.
You have a feminist movement more active and galvanized than it’s been in my lifetime. You have a civil rights galvanized and active and demanding in a forthright way not happening in the ’90s or the first decade of this century. And so a lot of the anti-political correctness sentiment Trump is tapping into, and the tribalism in his followers, is a reaction to what they see as the tribal assertions of their opponents.
The Trump supporters I’ve spoken to, that’s a lot of what they talk about. I’ve talked to Trump supporters right after he declined, briefly, to disavow the Ku Klux Klan. They said they didn’t understand why Trump should denounce the Klan if Obama doesn’t have to denounce Black Lives Matter.
To these Trump supporters, those were equivalent racist movements. So there’s a feeling — I’m not saying it’s correct, of course — but in terms of understanding how people feel, identity is a very powerful force. And a lot of white people feel they don’t have an outlet to express their identity the ways others do.
When I was a kid America was a great country. We took pride in that greatness. Just a few years earlier we had defeated the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese. We defended freedom all around the world. We weren’t perfect, but we were making progress. We aspired to build a color-blind society based upon our commonalities rather than exalting our differences.
America was Western Civilization at its peak. And because Western Civilization was primarily European, the dominant race was white. But racial identity was not the reason for our success. We had developed a superior culture. Back then we thought it would be beneficial to all of humanity if we spread our culture to the rest of the world.
Our culture has been under attack from within and without for over half a century. The Left despises our traditional culture. The Left aspires to build a multicultural society that focuses on and cherishes our differences. They seek to divide rather than unite us.
According to the Left, anyone who wants to preserve and defend the culture that made America great is a hateful bigot.
Donald Trump wants to make America great again.