Exploring the Eclipse of Equality

Posts Tagged ‘Whites’

(I don’t know what to do) Say it wasn’t you: The white working class and the Shaggy party

In Domestic Politics on March 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm

It is only when you go to say something in public that you realize how prurient our popular culture really is. The hook for this post is the Shaggy song from back in 2000. I won’t even deign to link to it on a quasi academic site, but I will suggest to you that the theme is that a guy is caught cheating on his girlfriend and he works through the farcical implications of his vain attempts to convince her that it was not him when caught in flagrante delicto.

What got me thinking about this was the fascinating responses to Frank Rich’s column over the weekend that blames the opposition of the white working class to Obamacare on race and ethnic issues. Now, I had written on this a few days earlier myself and so my position is fairly clear. I do think race has something to do with this, but I think that racial biases that attach to lifestyles matter even more. The core of my argument is that the Democrats have had the misfortune to alienate the people with lifestyles close to the white working class and have therefore lost many of them to the party. They have not done this on purpose, Read the rest of this entry »