These factors have helped to foster a resurgence of fascism and white supremacy worldwide. In the preliminaries, Britain decided to leave the EU in a vote largely promoted with racist anti-refugee propaganda, and neo-fascist parties have made dramatic gains in France and Germany.
This is opinion and subjective interpretation stated as fact. First off, none of theses groups are “fascist” as the term is conventionally used (as defined by Hitler and Mussolini). Hitler and Mussolini were anti-capitalism, obviously, since fascism is an authoritarian philosophy of governance which is not prone to letting free markets be free. The groups that you refer to in France and Germany are decidedly pro-capitalist, and although I agree that they are “nationalist” (that’s not always a bad thing, btw) they are far from fascist.
Further. one can be “anti-refugee” WITHOUT being racist. Obviously. There are many reasons, especially when it comes to economics, to wish to tread cautiously before entering the world of open borders; these reasons have nothing to do with racism.
Now comes the main event as white nationalists attempt to take over the executive of the most powerful state on Earth, and the frightening thing is that Donald Trump actually has a very good chance of becoming the next president of the United States!
Well, he is. But as you’re aware by this time, I would hope, there is no evidence that shows that racist voting patterns contributed to this.
How should progressive people in the US respond to this attempted takeover? Should they fight it or ignore it? People of color have been almost unanimous in their call for us to fight it. Republicans have never done well with the black vote but generally they could count on 10–15%, even Romney got 4% in 2012 against Obama.
You fight it at the ballot box, of course.
But, more specifically, you exaggerate. In presidential elections, the Democrats have gotten 90%+ of the black vote for decades. Yet Hilary got only 88% of the black vote. 65% of the latino (less than Obama), and 65% of the Asian.
Not this year, 1% if they are lucky, and Trump’s latest appeal for black votes didn’t seem to move the needle at all, Hispanic and Muslim voters aren’t expected to contribute to his totals either. Much the same can be said for Asian and Native voters as well. If Donald Trump is elected president, it will be almost exclusively by white voters.
Well, that turned out to be a rather inaccurate prediction:
The question of whether to fight this white nationalist assault or ignore it is also posed to white progressives.
The larger question is if it’s actually a “white nationalist assault” or you’re just blowing smoke.
Trump was indeed not shy about engaging in racIAL rhetoric. However, racIAL is not a synonym for racIST.