Pity Porn For Racists: The Media Wants You To Feel Sorry For Trump Supporters. Don’t.

When we see the same story line promoted in multiple media outlets on the same topic, the inclination is sometimes to suspect a conspiracy. More often than not, however, it is something far simpler though somewhat more sinister: group think.

That’s what we’re seeing now in the trickle of takes that could very well become a torrent, in this case from otherwise well-meaning writers who think they have come across the right series of explanations for why a significant portion of Republican primary voters have decided that a race-baiting carnival barker huckster clown like Donald Trump should be the next president of the United States.

Both David Roberts at Vox and Marc Ambinder in the NY Daily News come to a similar conclusion about the knuckle dragging racists who cheer like crazed maniacs at Trump’s asinine policy prescription for a wall between the United States and Mexico: pity them.

The idea is that while the racism being whipped up here is truly noxious and unproductive, these poor creatures are simply acting out of a base animal instinct. It isn’t their fault. Pity the angry, white, conservative male.

Bullshit.

There’s never any reason why we should sympathize with the forces who enable the worst side of America. Ours is a country built for far too much of its past on a legacy of racism and discrimination, and the sooner we cease indulging the absolute gutter worst of the country, the better.

The argument is that the forces of globalization and overall income inequality have hit these people worse, and they are searching for someone orsomething that is “other” to strike out and hit.

But this argument fails simply because everybody else in America has been hit by the same squeeze but has somehow managed not to become a raging bigot over it. Minorities and women have lived with a world with 43 consecutive presidencies with a white male, and still live in a system where the vast majority of lawmakers and business leaders come from the same near-identical mold.

Yet you don’t see a widespread panic about race with that demographic. You don’t see blacks, Asians, and Latinos getting angry and wailing in the same manner the Trumpkins are bellyaching about taking America back.

If anything, these table-slamming racists need to be told: Welcome to how it is for everyone else. Even though you haven’t really lost any sway, the rest of America has had to deal with not being the default beneficiary of nearly every decision and initiative for hundreds of years.

Welcome to normal. But its even worse, because you’ve still got a leg up. In 2016, you still start out several lengths ahead if you’re white and male than if you’re brown and female. The system is still set up for you to have a home field advantage, and the rules and many of the referees are still rigged for the outcome to tilt in your favor.

Despite the demands of these writers and others that we have empathy for the Trump squad, these voters still largely lack the capacity to have any sort of empathy for anyone who doesn’t look exactly like them. We hear a torrent of whining about “social justice warriors” and “political correctness” because someone had the nerve to say “can we have a slice of bread while you’re gorging on the entire bread factory?”

They don’t just complain about losing a small piece of the pie, their preferred solution is that nobody else even gets a fair shot. When you bring up a proposal to be more inclusive either based on race, gender, or sexual orientation, they immediately begin grumbling about the standards being lowered, even though well qualified — sometimes overqualified — people have been sidelined for eons because they didn’t buy the winning genetic lottery ticket.

We are long past the time when we should be feeling any sorrow for these people. They rolled around like hogs in the mud for so long, and are upset that their exclusive party is slowly, so slowly coming to an end.

Play the world’s smallest violin for them, then ignore their bigoted bitching and moaning.

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