Woke Politics are a Disaster for Minorities

Woke Politics are a Disaster for Minorities. By Joel Kotkin.

The woke brand of race politics now being injected into the Biden Administration is not particularly popular. The vast majority of all races, noted a 2018 survey, reject the woke Manichean “anti-racist” meme and scorn political correctness, even as it is widely adopted by the billionaire class and corporate HR departments. Generally, minorities do not want to turn away from law enforcement; the vast majority of Americans — including millennials and minorities — do not favor defunding the police, even as these policies are pushed in their name. …

What minorities and working-class people in general — a majority of whom will be non-white by 2030 — need is not more Maoist “struggle sessions” but pro-family, pro-growth policies for the broad working class. Policies that transform schools into factories to combat “systemic racism” — with little emphasis on skills or discipline — will not nurture the kind of workforce that can move up.

One has to wonder how employers will regard students coming out of systems such as that of San Diego, which is busily getting rid of mandates for such things as knowing course material, taking tests, doing work on time, or even showing up (all these, the district insists, are “racist” in nature). This is part of a racially charged effort to dumb down education: deemphasizing tests, excusing bad behavior, targeting selective high schools for extinction, politicizing education schools, and imposing ideology on often ill-educated students. …

Policies which focus on “white privilege” seem destined to further elicit resentment from those who carry original sin, according to the media and much of the political class …

Crowing about “the end of white America” might be popular in ethnic studies department but won’t bring a better life for most minorities. …

People, even white people, cannot be appealed to indefinitely by suggesting they are evil by nature of their racial history and skin pigmentation. This near-apartheid obsession with racist categories makes increasingly little sense in a country where one in ten babies has one white and one non-white parent, and 12% of all African Americans are now immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere.

If the left’s policies are no unpopular, how come they are now in control of both houses of the US Congress and the Presidency? Hmmm.