The Progressive Socialist Movement Has a Serious Minority Problem

The Progressive Socialist Movement Has a Serious Minority Problem
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Believe it or not, the hard-left faction of the Democratic Party has something in common with the Republican Party. Both groups are absolutely inept when it comes to appealing to minorities. The reasons for this apparent inability are different, but the fact remains.

The so-called progressive movement has consistently failed to attract black and Hispanic voters in any significant way. This might seem odd to some given the fact that it is the far-left crowd that seems to vociferously advocate for the advancement of non-white Americans. Indeed, it is they who routinely decry the supposed racism inherent in each facet of our society and purport to champion people of color.

During the Democratic presidential primaries last year, black Americans overwhelmingly backed President Joe Biden, an ancient man with a pronounced melanin deficiency, over people like Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, who are both black. Neither of these candidates could seem to break through with black voters or other minorities.

The issues progressives are facing aren’t too difficult to discern when you look closely. The bottom line is that far-left ideology just doesn’t appeal to most minorities. Additionally, the socialist movement is clearly out of touch with what most non-white voters believe.

A Pew poll conducted last year found 81 percent of black Americans identify as either “moderate” or “conservative.” Among Hispanics, about 60 percent identified in the same way.

To put it simply, the percentage of minorities who actually align themselves with far-left thought is not exactly skyrocketing at the moment. But it goes even deeper than that.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that while most Hispanics do not have a preference as to what they should be called, most reject the term “Latinx,” which is a term cooked up by leftist types who believed it would be less sexist than “Hispanic” or “Latino.” Indeed, only four percent of Hispanics would prefer to use the term “Latinx.”

I asked my Hispanic Twitter followers what they thought about the term and their answers were quite telling.

Even further, progressive attitudes on law enforcement don’t exactly resonate with minorities either. A Gallup poll taken last year found 81 percent of black Americans want police to spend the same amount of time in their communities or more. About 83 percent of Hispanics concurred.

These findings fly in the face of the constant demonization campaign the hard left has been waging against law enforcement. But, not surprisingly, this sentiment is peddled primarily by white progressive activists who are either clueless or unconcerned with the impact their “Defund the Police” initiative has already had on areas with high minority populations.

It is also worth noting that the result of the New York City mayoral primary further demonstrated that minorities are not in line with the progressive narrative on law enforcement. Eric Adams ran a distinctly “law and order” campaign and vowed to clean up crime if he is elected and he handily defeated his far-left competition.

When it comes to voter ID laws, most black Americans haven’t fallen for the progressives’ lies. Indeed, almost 70 percent of black Americans approve of requiring identification to vote.

It is evident the far left will continue to have difficulty attracting voters of color. The fact of the matter is that minorities just aren’t on board with socialism. Instead, they prefer more moderate – and even conservative – approaches to governance.

Unfortunately, the only movements authentically competing for minority votes are the far-left socialists and moderate Democrats. Republicans have yet to make a genuine effort to make inroads in these communities. Indeed, former President Donald Trump has been the only Republican politician who bothered to try and it is not yet clear whether the Republican Party will follow his lead.

However, recent trends on the right offer a bit of hope. The establishment, which has been largely responsible for alienated black and Hispanic voters, is being forced to take a backseat to a new movement led by Trump and others who support his agenda. Perhaps this new breed of conservatives and Republicans will be willing to do what their predecessors refused to do.

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