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The Union Members Who Voted for Trump Have to Be Organized—Not Ignored

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/29/union-members-who-voted-trump-have-be-organized-not-ignored

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Great article. We need to look at this as a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that the majority of Trump voters are not sworn white supremacists – if they were, why did so many of them vote for Obama before? The bad news is that progressives face considerable resistance from corporate Democrats and that the kind of continuous education and engagement efforts the author discusses are not easy to do. But I’ll end one more bit of good news: efforts like these are much more likely to pay off in terms of long-term cultural and policy changes for our country.

This is the kind of journalism we need going forward.

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During the run up to 2016, I was with a group of very well paid teamsters. One particular man was railing about how Trump would save the country, and deal with this guys long list of people/groups he hated. The extent of his venom was kind of shocking. Everyone sat there listening, a few nodding. I wrote them all off in my mind. The next day I was with the same group. Another teamster stood up and said something along the lines of, "I gotta thank ‘Dave’ for what he said about the election yesterday. It made think. So I went home and donated $100 to Bernie Sanders, and I’m gonna send him $100 every week. “Dave” couldn’t speak for the foam in his mouth, and that was funny. But more importantly, I learned something.

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The fact that a retired teacher voted for Trump twice, is straight up scary for our education system.

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Workers are not sacred just because they’re workers. The rank and file of the Confederate army were workers but just as racist as the planter aristocracy officers.

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The country is filled with racist teachers. Why should we be surprised at that?

Solid and necessary study of the misdirection of union members toward the trump, by Mindy Isser.

Just last month a Teamster turned trump republican won a contested seat for county supervisor here. My thought was, what has the world come to? I thought it was rare, and now I see that it’s not.

Issuer offers a blueprint for action and organization, and perhaps working people can be organized as Bernie and The Squad would have them, for their benefit.

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The sad fact is that the working class across the country, not only in the South, is filled with hateful racist misogynist assholes. I’m a working class kid, a carpenter by trade. I can’ t count all the racist assholes I’ve met in my working life. The local lumber yard here in New York City where I went every day played racist New Jersey talk radio stations all day long. The worst was some screeching woman. I asked a hispanic worker what he thought of it. He said “they’re funny.” What’s funny about making fun of blacks, immigrants, women etc? But there you are. I am not for pandering to their racism, “helping them overcome their sick politics.” I’m for crushing them, cursing them out, giving them the glass to drink the Lysol.

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And before they voted for Obama, who did they vote for? Probably Bush senior then Bush juniour, probably Reagan before that.

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Not a few workers joined the Nazi party too. There’s no doubt that Trump’s cult would have voted for Hitler if this were Germany in the 1930s. After all, Hitler was the anti-socialist “law and order” candidate. Law and order is just the cover for white racism and has been since the 17th century.

America’s police departments were founded as slave catcher societies as New York Police Commissioner William Bratton explained in the Huffington Post. I would include the link but CD does not allow link. Look it up.

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I believe your response is a tad bit exaggerated, yes they exist, but generally teachers have a much lower % of racism in their ranks than the population. I come to that conclusion after attending 5 years of school in the deep south in the 1970’s.

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You’re right – but not by much. See e.g… OP-ED:
WHITE TEACHERS NEED TO CHECK THEIR RACISM BEFORE TEACHING IT, Speakup; or The Troubled History of American Education after the Brown Decision, The American Historian, or Helping teachers and principals confront their own racism, Harvard Gazette 2020.

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SO love your comment. I realize it doesn’t solve a damned thing to try to go that route, but it sure as shit says what I’m feeling a lot of the time, these days.

You learned, we’ve NO say; since we’re living in a oligarchic duopoly and “our” side brags about crushing us over & over? I’m betting, we’ve folks posting, who’d figured this out WELL before 1968? It’s THEIR party, and we’ll die if they want…

~https://www.npr.org/2020/12/28/950886211/california-surpasses-2-million-coronavirus-cases-with-los-angeles-being-hit-hard

~https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/12/links-12-21-2020.html#comment-3487883

~https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-29/l-a-county-hospitals-at-the-breaking-point-turn-away-ambulances

~https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/29/the-wealth-inequality-virus-is-surging/

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What is sad is that the same battles are being fought over and over again.

~https://www.marxists.org/archive/debs/works/1904/040100-debs-negroandhisnemesis.pdf

~https://www.marxists.org/archive/debs/works/1903/negro.htm

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Blue collar America started voting Republican just after the signing of the civil rights and voting acts. They did it because of the not so subtle racism that existed among America’s white run unions. It’s really that simple.
America’s unions were always dominated by ethnic whites. Arguably the remainder still are.
Never underestimate the influence that racism plays in all sectors of American life. And union labor was not above that fray. Quite the opposite. Most union halls from my youth in the rust belt may as well have had nazi flags flying. The racism was palpable.

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Right-wing hate media has a galvanizing effect among groups of workers, such as those often unionized. It’s hypnotic and repetitious messaging is more simple to listen to during day-to-day tasks often characterized by union labor. Thom Hartman or the like would be distracting, because the thinking involved would distract from the labor. The rhythm of hate is truly seductive and can pull many into a self-selecting group. Messaging of hope must be formed to counter this to bring the unions more fully to where they belong,

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Despite Trump badmouthing TPP during the 2016 campaign, during the past four years his regime enacted most of the anti-labor components of TPP piecemeal.

Trump’s tax cuts, judicial appointments, and other corporate empowerment gave the 1% and their corporations everything the TPP’s dreaded corporate tribunals proposal would have…and then some.

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That is why I keep saying that insulting people who voted for Trump, and wishing harm to them, is counter-productive. It is also not helpful to refer to Trump, or the republicans with insulting labels.

The racists are in the minority. Most are open to conversation if you respect them as people. If you approach them with hostility and derision, of course they are going to get defensive and ignore what you say to them.

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