Arguing like a leftist can be rather easy. Argue from a position of “feel good” politics, giving you a make-believe moral high ground that makes no room for nuance or detail. Then, if that fails, find a way to fall back into the left’s safety net and accuse your opponent of being a racist.
The left has built an entire narrative around a “racist right” for decades now and for years, people were convinced that Republicans actually hated anyone but white people. It was, of course, absolutely absurd. Calling the party that fought a civil war in order to free slaves and fought the Democrats during the civil rights era to give the black community equal rights “racist” is pretty asinine, especially if you’re arguing from within the party that fought to keep black people under their boot.
However, the right has always been a multi-ethnic ideological group and that especially goes for today’s Republican Party. A large chunk of the votes that came in for Donald Trump were from minorities.
It’s hard to label Republicans — or the right as a whole — as racist when so many minority groups are voting for right-leaning parties. This is disastrous for today’s social justice advocates and radical leftists who rely on the “right is racist” narrative to thrive in order to sell their message that America is a white supremacist nation filled with white privilege and white institutional power.
The struggle to hold onto the narrative is becoming more difficult, to be sure, and as such, the radical left who produces these narratives has to act. Enter the Washington Post with what is effectively a grasping reach to keep the narrative in their possession.
Their solution? Create a way to paint non-white ethnic groups as “white” with a concept called “multiracial whiteness”:
Trump, by contrast, knows nothing of the history of Latinos in the United States and rarely even pretends to find value in Latinos’ distinct identities. Rather than offering his non-White voters recognition, Trump has offered them multiracial whiteness.
Rooted in America’s ugly history of white supremacy, indigenous dispossession and anti-blackness, multiracial whiteness is an ideology invested in the unequal distribution of land, wealth, power and privilege — a form of hierarchy in which the standing of one section of the population is premised on the debasement of others. Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.
Multiracial whiteness promises Latino Trump supporters freedom from the politics of diversity and recognition. For voters who see the very act of acknowledging one’s racial identity as itself racist, the politics of multiracial whiteness reinforces their desired approach to colorblind individualism. In the politics of multiracial whiteness, anyone can join the MAGA movement and engage in the wild freedom of unbridled rage and conspiracy theories.
Multiracial whiteness offers citizens of every background the freedom to call Muslims terrorists, demand that undocumented immigrants be rounded up and deported, deride BLM as a movement of thugs and criminals, and accuse Democrats of being blood-drinking pedophiles.
Here, the politics of exclusion, violence and demonization are available to all. If you want to speak Spanish and celebrate a quinceañera in your family, go ahead. If you want to be a Proud Boy, be a Proud Boy. Trump doesn’t care. As long as you love him, he’ll love you.
America’s racial divide is not simply between Whites and non-Whites. Thinking in terms of multiracial whiteness helps us recognize that much of today’s political rift is a division between those who are drawn to and remain invested in a politics of whiteness and those who seek something better.
With this concept, whiteness is no longer just a skin color, it’s a concept. Their claim is that Trump didn’t really invite Latinos or black people to be Latino or black within the Republican party, they could be a different color of skin and be white in spirit.
It’s an entirely racist concept that not only paints white people as evil (as the left does) but also strips the identity of a minority individual away and replaces it with their favorite villain in order to dismiss their presence altogether. The left can now ignore, dismiss, or even insult minority voices guilt-free thanks to this political sleight of hand.
But hiding under that tactic is the undeniable issue that the left’s favorite attack is losing its luster. It’s hard to paint the right as racist when a lot of ethnic groups are standing side by side together for an ideal.
The right should continue to grow this tent until the “racist right” narrative is so diluted that it becomes transparent and through it, see that the real party of racists is the one who’s been shouting the word like the boy who cried “wolf” all along.