This exemplifies how the superstructure dominates every aspect of our lives.
The neoliberal policies of the two plutocratic parties, Democrat and Republican, keep folks separated along racial lines so that the bottom 50% of citizens will not communicate with each other. Neoliberalism succeeds when the majority of the working class–white workers in food service, janitorial, and manufacturing jobs–suffer social expulsion as bitter, uneducated racists.
That works out well for plutocratic strategists by keeping real unionism not only forbidden but forgotten. Should the working classes–whatever gender, whatever race, whatever creed–realize that they have been marginalized together yet only separated by the thinnest of ideological walls, that could be a revolutionary moment for collective action.
While the Economic Policy Institute projects that the US working class will be 49.6 percent “non-hispanic white” by 2032, 77 percent of all minimum wage (or below) workers today are white. Half are white women, who it should be noted joined young working-class women of color as an enthusiastic core of Sanders’s base. And as Tamara Draut shows in her new book Sleeping Giant — which stresses the diversity of the new working class — 63 percent of all workers without a bachelor’s degree are still non-Latino white.
Instead of acknowledging the size and importance of this part of the electorate, Democratic Party elites have simply constructed a new narrative to suit their interests — a narrative that was on display after West Virginia. Following Sanders’s win a significant chunk of the punditocracy came to the conclusion, mostly by abusing the hell out of exit polls, that a vote for the Jewish socialist was actually a vote for white supremacy.
After decades of being told white workers would never support socialism because they’re racist, we’re now told that they support the socialist candidate because they are racist. Yes, this is where liberals are in the year 2016.