NY Times columnist: If you support Trump, that's just your white male fragility

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday August 04th, 2016

To say nothing of the fragility of a man whose last name is Blow.

I would say that if you ask most people who are voting for Donald Trump why they intend to do so, most would tell you: Because I really don't want Hillary Clinton to be president.

But apparently those people are lying. Charles Blow is the actual name of a New York Times columnist who apparently can read the inner workings of our minds better than we can, and knows the real reason. Unsurprisingly, as this thinking comes from a grievance peddler of the left, it has to do with race, specifically the horror show that is "whiteness":

He appeals to a regressive, patriarchal American whiteness in which white men prospered, in part because racial and ethnic minorities, to say nothing of women as a whole, were undervalued and underpaid, if not excluded altogether.

White men reigned supreme in the idealized history, and all was good with the world. (It is curious that Trump never specifies a period when America was great in his view. Did it overlap with the women’s rights, civil rights or gay rights movements? For whom was it great?)

Trump’s wall is not practical, but it is metaphor. Trump’s Muslim ban is not feasible, but it is metaphor. Trump’s huge deportation plan isn’t workable, but it is metaphor.

There is a portion of the population that feels threatened by unrelenting change — immigration, globalization, terrorism, multiculturalism — and those people want someone to, metaphorically at least, build a wall around their cultural heritage, which they conflate in equal measure with American heritage.

In their minds, whether explicitly or implicitly, America is white, Christian, straight and male-dominated. If you support Trump, you are on some level supporting his bigotry and racism. You don’t get to have a puppy and not pick up the poop.

Well, I had no idea any of this was in my mind. Because it isn't. Seeing as how I was prepared to pull the lever last time around for the guy whose name is at the top of this web site, I don't think restoring the "whiteness of America" or whatever Blow is talking about is actually too much of a priority for me. I'd be pretty happy to just get the national debt under control and stop bending over for dictators, sheikhs, ayatollahs and emirs. But whatever. I'm a racist.

Actually, speaking of the guy whose name is at the top of this web site, let me ask this question about Charles Blow. I don't read every column he writes, but just about every one of his columns that I read has something to do with white America and/or conservative America being a bunch of racists. Now, maybe he feels that in his position as "black columnist with the New York Times" he is obligated to complain about racism a certain amount of the time because that is what black New York Times columnists are expected to do.

I bring this up in regard to Herman because I have been the editor of Herman's columns for more than 10 years, and while he touches on racial issues on very rare occasions, I would say that of the 600 or so Herman Cain columns I've edited, fewer than a dozen have really been about race. They're about many topics, and whatever he writes about, he analyzes the facts and the substance of the issue. He does not obsess over a single thing like race and come back to it continually.

My question: Is there any black columnist on the left about whom you can say the same? It's almost as if they figure their columnist gig is dependent on their commitment to blather on about race endlessly, because that what their white liberal editors expect of them.

The entire left, but especially those in the media, are completely and utterly obsessed with race and racism. They see it everywhere, and they think it's the driving force behind everything that ever happens. Normal people don't think much about it one way or the other. They just live their lives and see people as people - dealing only with racial questions when someone obsessed with race gets in their face and demands that they do so.

Oh, and if you think you're supporting Trump for some reason other than your own white male fragility, you don't know your own mind! You need Charles Blow to explain it to you.

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