If Only Identity Politics Didn’t Prevent Truly Representative Government


It has seemed more and more to be the case that the demographic cross-tabs of surveys find two groups to have surprisingly similar views: blacks and Republicans.  I noted this some years ago, when a Friedman Foundation survey about school choice found almost exact agreement between the two groups.  Somewhere in my reading, recently, similar results emerged for transgenderism.

I didn’t find it surprising, therefore, when an article for Atlanta Black Star about a children’s author who set out to remedy the problem that “representation of kids of color in children’s books is often hard to find” also said things like this:

“I love telling our story and showing my husband as the alpha male leading the family,” [Geiszel] Godoy said. “It seems tradition has been thrown to the side recently, and I felt it was important for kids to see a mother and father together in a children’s book.”

“We need to normalize the Black family again. The mainstream media is hellbent on pushing the narrative of the broken home, but it’s not true,” Godoy said.

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Our culture’s problems aren’t difficult to identify, and one of modern political life’s greatest frustrations is how much identity politics and the welfare state’s method of buying off constituencies keeps us from implementing policy that would reflect the beliefs of large majorities, even of minorities.