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Fighting Fascism with data

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Date:November 12th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
It's not all racism. Same with Brexit. The problem is that under-educated voters think life is a zero-sum game. If someone else is getting richer, or getting advantages that they didn't have before - or even getting closer to equal treatment than they were before - then they think it must come at a cost to other groups, i.e. the people who are not getting visibly helped by the current system. And that's why they lash out against it.

Unfortunately, explaining why this is a fallacy to people who haven't finished high school is really bloody difficult. So some people exploit the ignorance instead.

Racism is a big factor. But ignorance more so. See the breakdown of voting here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/who-voted-for-donald-trump-white-men-and-women-most-responsible-for-new-president-elect-voting-data-a7407996.html
The group that broke most for Trump (67-28)? Whites without a college degree (i.e. high school or less). I didn't look that up before writing the above.
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Date:November 15th, 2016 01:12 am (UTC)
I dunno, that is probably generalizing rather about under-educated voters. Some no doubt are more open to that fallacy.

But most of these white working class people are not actually seeing minority neighbours getting better off as they stagnate, an awful lot of them live in overwhelmingly white areas.

I suspect that the key impact of education on racism is not necessarily the knowledge and critical thinking imparted, or prior characteristics, as that college mixes people up and exposes them to people from different places and cultures; and for white people in rural or suburban areas, to far more people of colour than they've previously met. Plus the general cauldron of ideas swirling around, much of it from the student body.

Clearly it doesn't guarantee anything, the figures for whites with college degrees were better but still a Trump majority, but it makes some difference.
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