I’ve often been told that minorities ought to vote Republican because “Democrats = identity politics” and “identity politics = perpetual racial discord”. Is there any truth to that claim?
Probably a modicum of truth, but I wouldn’t consider it to be axiomatic. I think it more apropos to point out that identity politics depends on discord of all sorts to attract voters, and if the problems that the identity politicians call out actually get solved, then they no longer have a reason to attract voters. So, there’s a motivation to keep the identity groups aggravated, and that motivation leads the identity politicians to overstate problems, sometimes rather substantially.
As for being homogenous, that’s impossible for the USA. Firstly, there’s the Native Americans.
Correct. Probably better to say that in the past, US diversity was (a) socially and economically stratified, and (b) constantly addressed by the “melting pot”. Now that you have diverse immigrant populations breaking down those stratifications, AND those immigrant populations are often from cultures which are not as inclined to “melt” as Western Europeans were, friction develops.
I do think that racism can die out with the previous generations if we give it a chance. Or if society collapses, then the younger generations become more bigoted and keep violent bigotry alive — that’s what happened in many former USSR nations.
That’s the rub. If the US proceeds along the path of least resistance economically, then racism dies a natural death. If the US is pulled OUT of that path of least resistance, by (for example) a sudden and quick flip to another economic model (socialism), then its the least established immigrant groups who will become victimized as everyone scrambles to hold on to an ever-declining economic status.
We are becoming, I fear, the architects of our own demise (quotation from the Animatrix).