- White Americans have long feared that they would one day become victims of the monstrous capitalism they built over generations of exploitation.
- After Donald Trump rose to political prominence, the pundit class has stubbornly clung to “economic anxiety” to explain why white voters can’t quit him.
- Rather than extend healthcare, housing, and food security to a Black and brown underclass, white Americans commodified basic needs in a system that has claimed countless lives.
“From the moment Donald Trump rose to political prominence, the pundit class stubbornly clung to “economic anxiety” as the explanation for why white voters can’t quit him. No matter how often the idea was deconstructed, no matter how much evidence contradicted it, and no matter how ridiculous it became, the notion that poverty—not race—was the central force in lifting a bankrupt billionaire to the highest office in the land had a firm hold in the national political imagination.
As recently as January’s insurrection, multiple commentators, columnists and social scientists expressed surprise at the wealth, resources and status afforded by these deeply “anxious” insurgents attacking the US Capitol, or felt compelled to further debunk the zombie lie that Trump voters have embraced bigotry in response to economic hardship. There’s only one problem with this: economic anxietyis real.
Rather than extend healthcare, housing and food security to a Black and brown underclass, white Americans commodified basic needs into a catastrophe that has claimed almost 600,000 lives…”
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