Magazine December 5, 2016, Issue

Race and Trumpism

Prejudice is an inadequate explanation of the election

In September, Zack Beauchamp penned a long essay for Vox entitled “White Riot: How Racism and Immigration Gave Us Trump, Brexit, and a Whole New Kind of Politics.” Fiddling with a heap of sociological data purporting to show a strong correlation between “racial resentment” and right-wing voting, Beauchamp announced that “racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia” are what unite “far-right politicians and their supporters on both sides of the Atlantic” — “far right,” in the case of the United States, being Donald J. Trump.

Beauchamp’s was one of the more substantive contributions to what long ago became liberals’ preferred explanation for Trump’s inexplicable

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Politics & Policy

Letters

Politics in the Context of Christianity Ian Tuttle’s article “The Religious Right’s Demise” (November 7) argues that what is needed is an authentic Christian voice independent of politics. I agree. The ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

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How to Take Back American History

Our schools have buried the glory and beauty of America’s story under a mountain of misplaced guilt and tendentious ideology. Yes, there are faults in our story — the stain of slavery above all. Yet the weight and significance of our tale lay in the striving to overcome our failings. American history is, in ... Read More
Education

How to Take Back American History

Our schools have buried the glory and beauty of America’s story under a mountain of misplaced guilt and tendentious ideology. Yes, there are faults in our story — the stain of slavery above all. Yet the weight and significance of our tale lay in the striving to overcome our failings. American history is, in ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Do You Want 51 or 52 States Next Year?

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