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Critical Race Theory is Hurting Democrats and Uniting Republicans

Critical Race Theory is Hurting Democrats and Uniting Republicans

“the culture war is only going to rise in importance in future elections—to the benefit of Republicans”

This is precisely why the liberal media echoes pretty much every Democrat talking point on this topic.

Eric Kaufmann writes at Newsweek:

Critical Race Theory Is Dividing Democrats—and Rallying Republicans | Opinion

Those of us worried about the corrosive effects of cancel culture and critical race theory are often accused of obsessing over the culture wars at the expense of “real” issues. But new data suggests that the culture war is only going to rise in importance in future elections—to the benefit of Republicans. This is the gist of survey results contained in my new Manhattan Institute report, The Politics of the Culture Wars in Contemporary America.

Already, cancel culture and applied critical race theory (CRT) are leading priorities for Republican voters and a mid-ranking issue overall—in large part because they unite conservatives while dividing the Left; on one side you have cultural liberals, those who espouse classical liberal views about free speech, due process, equal treatment before the law and elsewhere and the scientific method. On the other is a rising cohort of cultural socialists, who prioritize protecting disadvantaged groups from offense while redistributing self-esteem and power. These aims are used to justify restricting people’s freedom of speech and conscience.

Cultural socialism grows out of wokeness, the idea that historically marginalized race and gender minorities are sacred: more spiritual, moral, fragile and helpless than members of advantaged groups. And unlike causes advanced by the Left in the past, which pushed for equal rights for Black and gay Americans under the auspices of classical liberalism, cultural socialism is likely to provoke a sustained backlash from cultural liberals. But while the cultural socialists are in the decided minority—there are two cultural liberals for every cultural socialist in America—cultural socialists have a slight advantage among Millennials and Gen-Z. And as these relatively woke generations enter the electorate, they will start to edge out their more moderate elders.

And as this divide on the Left increases, it will continue to give an advantage to the Right, which is united by the very issues dividing their opponents.

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CRT is racism.
We classical liberals haven’t changed. American institutions have changed.