How to Achieve Racial Solidarity — Apply Ben Franklin’s Racism

When Thabiti Anyabwile complains about white evangelicals voting for Donald Trump, he should remember that Ben Franklin defined racial solidarity differently than the Washington DC pastor does. According to Franklin:

The Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased.

By that reckoning, many people of color voted for Donald Trump on Tuesday. It might undermine Anyabwile’s point (already attempted). But it would be a way of achieving the “white” identification with African-Americans for which the pastor strives.

11 thoughts on “How to Achieve Racial Solidarity — Apply Ben Franklin’s Racism

  1. Yes, “white” is a very fluid category. I suspect that by the end of the century Hispanic will be as white as Italians, Irish, Poles, and Jews…perhaps sooner. Claims that we will be a minority-majority country are incorrect I think.


  2. It is also worth noting that the white vote for Trump was consistent with Romney’s (58% vs 59%). Further, the share of Hispanic and African American voters supporting Trump was higher than for Romney (and interestingly enough much higher than for Dole). The gender gap was similar as well. The biggest shift though voter turnout – while it was down for all races, it was down more for black voters than for white voters. But I guess we shouldn’t let facts get in the way of a good rant. Honesty is way overrated.


  3. Once the new Justice Dept. cracks down on riots and rioters, this “Christian Leader of some sort” will no longer have anything to write about.


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