In praise of polarization

Source: Vox - View Original Article
Published: Jul 02, 2020
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72% Liberal


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72% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Anti-Discrimination Laws = 72% Liberal


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97% "It is both inclusionary and exclusionary."
90% "After what I've seen in my state and what I've seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment, she said."
88% "Racism is America's founding sin, and it cuts the deepest divisions in our political history."
80% "We will not suddenly find agreement on America's oldest divides, easy redemption for our oldest sins."
79% "Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding."
69% "I truly believe, as I told the vice president last night, that I believe that this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket."
57% "This is why, in part, polarization is so feared: It breeds government paralysis, wanton obstruction, dangerous brinksmanship."
-52% "-- created an incentive for one party, at least, to prioritize issues of racial justice."
-54% "Identity is never singular."
-61% "A CBS poll found that 76 percent of Democrats, but only 24 percent of Republicans, believed African Americans face a lot of discrimination in daily life."
-62% "White, evangelical, rural, conservative, hunter -- Republican."
-73% "In 1994, 39 percent of Democrats, and 26 percent of Republicans, said discrimination was the main reason Black Americans had trouble getting ahead."
-74% "Trump is president because Obama was president."
-80% "A 13-point difference had become a 50-point chasm."
-92% "Why We're Polarized"

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97% : The modern Democratic Party, for reasons of both demography and ideology, takes seriously the idea that to be Black in America is a different experience than being white in America.
97% : It is both inclusionary and exclusionary.
96% : And that has formed a coalition that now takes Black Lives Matter as a multiethnic rallying cry.
96% : That one is beginning to do so now is the product of relentless organizing, activism, and courage among Black Americans, but it is also the product of polarization, sorting, and identity politics.
94% : A politics of identity is said to be exclusionary, pitting Americans against each other, denying them the common ground of shared experience.
94% : Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
93% : But those divisions, across the 20th century, existed in both political coalitions simultaneously.
92% : Barack Obama's election, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Donald Trump's rise changed that.
91% : Polarization, party sorting, and identity politics are central villains of our time.
91% : Then Donald Trump emerged as a backlash candidate to Obama, further clarifying the divide for both sides. "
90% : "After what I've seen in my state and what I've seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment," she said.
88% : Racism is America's founding sin, and it cuts the deepest divisions in our political history.
87% : Vox's work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources -- particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn.
86% : When the parties were mixed, and racially conservative whites were seen as the key swing vote, racial issues were suppressed in American politics.
86% : Today, Biden is the Democratic Party's expected nominee for president, his success powered by black voters, his opponent Trump, his most important supporter America's first black president.
85% : This is something new in American politics, and it carries within it real reason for hope.
85% : Identity fusion creates stronger bonds of solidarity between those who share identities, and can create more conflict with those who become the out-group.
85% : Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires.
83% : As Matt Yglesias shows in his essay on "The Great Awokening," white liberals now express more liberal views on some racial issues than Black Democrats.
80% : We will not suddenly find agreement on America's oldest divides, easy redemption for our oldest sins.
79% : Think back to Obama and Jeremiah Wright.
79% : Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding.
78% : But the past month of sustained, mass activism against police brutality offers evidence for the defense -- that sorting around identity can be inclusive, that polarization can be productive.
78% : Police brutality is as old as America, but it has been rare for either of our major political parties to take it seriously, much less make it -- and racial inequality more broadly -- central to their agendas.
76% : Pundits loathe them.
76% : Polarization can create the conditions for overdue reckonings, for broader coalitions.
75% : The historically multiethnic nature of the Black Lives Matter protests, and the rapid change in polling around racial issues, is partly the result of decades of polarization that have put African Americans in coalition with Hispanics, Asians, and white liberals.
75% : This is oft-made criticism of "Black Lives Matter" as a slogan, by those who prefer "all lives matter."
75% : But for groups who've long been marginalized, who haven't had the power to force their concerns and their experiences to the forefront of national politics, it can be transformative.
75% : The promise of change that thrills some Americans unnerves others.
72% : As Michael Tesler, a political scientist who studies racial polarization at the University of California Irvine, has shown, up through the 2000s, the parties were more similar than different when polled on racial issues.
72% : The passage of the Civil Rights Act is the exception that proves the rule: Civil rights laws had been blocked in Congress for decades, and the rupture required to unblock them broke the party system of that era.
72% : Joe Biden's career reflects the arc of this change.
72% : In this case, the Democratic Party's openness to "identity politics" has led white liberals to a politics that reaches far beyond their own experiences.
69% : "I truly believe, as I told the vice president last night, that I believe that this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket."
68% : There was a gap, but it was modest.
68% : So much of what defines being a Democrat right now is hatred of Trump," says Tesler.
67% : The polarization of the parties around race and ideology -- a story I tell in detail in my book
67% : "And so much of what Trump stands for is racially resentful positions and ethnocentrism.
66% : "If we were ever to have a national reckoning with our legacy of racial violence, it would require immense political power on the side of the people who wanted the reckoning," says University of Maryland political scientist Lilliana Mason, who studies polarization.
65% : The Democratic Party is increasingly a coalition of people who experience racism directly or base part of their identity on opposing it ideologically.
64% : Support Vox's explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives.
63% : But we are seeing the rebuttal to that argument in the political reality of this moment, where 91 percent of Democrats -- and 92 percent of white Democrats -- express support for Black Lives Matter (as do 40 percent of Republicans).
62% : By 2008, those Democrats were gone, and Biden was Obama's vice president, in an administration that cemented the Democratic Party's identity as the party of a multiethnic America.
57% : In his first remarks after George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests and uprisings, Biden warned white Americans that "the pain is too intense for one community to bear alone," and said that "with our complacency, our silence, we are complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence."
57% : This is why, in part, polarization is so feared: It breeds government paralysis, wanton obstruction, dangerous brinksmanship.
55% : Book after book has been written blaming them for society's ills, from the decline of reason to the electoral travails of the Democratic Party to the death of American democracy.
55% : Identity politics is often tossed around as a slur, an epithet.
54% : But Biden changed alongside his party.
53% : Politicians lament them.
53% : We have many identities, some of them linked together, some of them sitting in tension.
51% : In: Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama.
51% : But as white working-class voters who were racially conservative left the Democratic Party, it created space for Democrats to talk about race and be rewarded for it rather than punished for it.
48% : -- created an incentive for one party, at least, to prioritize issues of racial justice.
46% : The same massive levels of polarization were on display in the polling following George Floyd's death.
46% : Identity is never singular.
44% : "As the parties became more polarized around racial issues, it became much safer for Democratic politicians to embrace racial issues," says Christopher Stout, a political scientist at Oregon State University and the author of Bringing Race Back
43% : A CNN poll found 92 percent of Democrats, but only 37 percent of Republicans, believe the criminal justice system is biased against Black Americans.
43% : "Even in 2008, there was a lot of hesitancy to talk about race.
42% : He made no attempt to soothe the fears of those white Americans who, while sympathetic to the plight of people of color, are just as uneasy about the kind of disturbances that left parts of Minneapolis in flames Thursday night.
41% : And our political system is designed to reflect consensus, not resolve conflict.
39% : A CBS poll found that 76 percent of Democrats, but only 24 percent of Republicans, believed African Americans face "a lot" of discrimination in daily life.
38% : White, evangelical, rural, conservative, hunter -- Republican.
37% : "If Democrats want to talk about public health or the environment through a racial lens, they don't need to worry their white base will be turned off," says Wellesley political scientist Jennifer Chudy, who studies the political dynamics of cross-racial sympathy.
36% : The story of modern political polarization is identities fusing together: Black, Jewish, liberal, atheist, urbanite -- Democrat.
36% : There is no action without reaction, of course.
35% : But that's changing very quickly.
35% : As he has gotten in trouble for saying, when he entered Congress, in the 1970s, he worked often with conservative, segregationist Democrats.
34% : In a sharp analysis, the New York Times noted that Biden's statement was notable for what was missing. "
34% : A few weeks later, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) dropped out of Biden's vice presidential search and called on Biden to choose a woman of color for the ticket.
32% : "We've never had a political party that was almost entirely in agreement that systemic racism exists, particularly among the white partisans.
27% : In 1994, 39 percent of Democrats, and 26 percent of Republicans, said discrimination was the main reason Black Americans had trouble getting ahead.
26% : Trump is president because Obama was president.
25% : A politics of identity can be inclusionary, building bridges across experiences that would otherwise remain siloed.
24% : So it became really dissonant to be a Democrat who's not on board with a racially progressive agenda."
21% : Race became a central division between the parties, driven by demographic changes that gave a multiethnic Democratic coalition the numbers to win power, and drove racially conservative white Democrats into the Republican Party.
21% : These weren't just coalitions of expedience: He took positions on issues like crime and busing meant to mollify racially conservative white voters.
21% : Even so, we should prefer the difficulties of political conflict to the injustice of suppression.
20% : A 13-point difference had become a 50-point chasm.
18% : A Monmouth survey found that 71 percent of Democrats, but only 37 percent of Republicans, thought the anger driving the protests was justified.
12% : By 2017, 64 percent of Democrats said discrimination was why Black Americans had trouble getting ahead, but only 14 percent of Republicans said the same.
12% : Change at the level America needs may not be likely, but it would be impossible if neither party was willing to fight for it.
8% : Why We're Polarized

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