Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years.
He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation.”
His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants. Opinions are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat’s views.
When you come right down to it, the 2020 presidential election is about race.
Sometimes that will be obvious. At other times, maybe the most significant ones, race will be subtle and indirect.
It involves the interaction between two racial forces. One is the sudden and dramatic increase in sympathy regarding African American discrimination — white wokeness.
The other force is white racial resentment and white political identity.
The recent riots and protests have brought on surprising changes. Roughly 60% of Americans now believe that Blacks face a great deal of discrimination .
The protests have also made the public more sympathetic to Black Lives Matter.
But white identity is also on the rise. As I wrote in Civil Beat a few months ago , white identity is a fast growing, pervasive, and cohesive force. Forty-percent of the people see their political status in terms […]
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