From Jonah Goldberg at National Review, Liberals should think twice before blaming the 2016 election on racism.
Activists today are clear-cutting vast swathes of civil society to make room for reason-free zones where feelings outrank facts — they call them “safe spaces.”
Here’s some free advice for all the liberals insisting that Trump was elected by racists: The more you say that, the more you help Trump.
I can understand why this is confusing. There’s a certain breed of guilty white liberal who actually enjoy being called racist, confessing their racial sins, and denouncing less advanced white people. The hot new term for this is “virtue signaling” — a way of communicating how enlightened you are.
But there are a lot more white people out there who are not racist and therefore do not like being called racist or being berated about how their country is racist. They also sense that the “everything is about race” crowd is using race as a cudgel to silence critics and have their way.
That sort of thing begs for a backlash. You can call it racist if you want — some people do with everything else — but it won’t play well outside the safe spaces.
When your only tool is a hammer ……
The true racists are a minuscule number compared to those tired of the politically correct and demonized for challenging the liberal orthodoxy.