Among White Americans, Limits to Empathy for Poverty-Related Issues Run Along Class Lines

A survey released today by PRRI finds that white Americans’ support for policies to address poverty is limited in different ways by education level—by perceived social distance to racial minorities among non-college-educated whites and by lower commitments to equal opportunity among college-educated whites. The survey was conducted by PRRI, a […] Read more »

Democrats Must Take a Shot at Texas

When Democrats are desperate, they dream of Texas. … Texas is a large and utterly elusive grail. A 2016 simulation incorporating demographic and political trends in the state concluded that Texas would not fall into the Democratic column anytime in the next four presidential elections. “The juggernaut there is whites […] Read more »

Bannon’s comments on immigrants line up with the views of many white Catholics

… Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon thinks the Catholic Church’s leadership is on the wrong side of the immigration battle. They have been “unable to really, to come to grips with the problems in the church. They need illegal aliens. They need illegal aliens to fill the […] Read more »

Will The Arpaio Pardon Make Trump More Unpopular?

President Trump pardoned ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County on Friday night. Arpaio, known for his hardline stance on illegal immigration, had been convicted of criminal contempt for violating a federal court order commanding his department to stop racially profiling Latinos. National surveys conducted before the pardon suggest it’s […] Read more »

Democrats Have Their Own Challenges In Talking About Racial Issues In The Trump Era

… What if Trump’s victory — carrying more than 200 counties where former President Barack Obama had won in 2008 and 2012 — was not primarily driven by his populist economic appeals, but by his rhetoric and policies around race and identity issues instead? Trump’s denunciations of Black Lives Matter, […] Read more »

The Policies of White Resentment

White resentment put Donald Trump in the White House. And there is every indication that it will keep him there, especially as he continues to transform that seething, irrational fear about an increasingly diverse America into policies that feed his supporters’ worst racial anxieties. … The guiding principle in Mr. […] Read more »

Donald Trump Knows How to Push Our Buttons

Last week, when President Trump called on the police to use rough justice in dealing with violent Latino gangs, there was a clear method to his madness. … Underlying Trump’s defiance of law enforcement norms is a calculated strategy advocating the use of force, with the twofold goal of pushing […] Read more »

Discrimination against whites was a core concern of Trump’s base

The Justice Department’s plan to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white students represents a shift in the department’s civil rights division. But the move also addresses a central concern for voters who fueled President Trump’s victory last year: that whites are losing […] Read more »

Differences, in black and white: Rural Americans’ views often set apart by race

… A new nationwide Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted this spring finds that although rural Americans are more likely to see their communities as neighborly, safer and having better public schools than people in large cities, those opinions come with wide racial disparities. Black rural Americans — most of […] Read more »