This election Democrats blew their populist message with the working class. Many are calling for the Party to focus an economic message that prioritizes the interests of rural working class whites. They say it should not cater agendas to women, people of color and other groups. Calls to propel a vision to uplift economically distressed voters through a color-blind lens is misguided. It’s the wrong lessons to learn from this election.
After their historic loss, Democrats should shine a light on the racially coded language Republicans have been using to divide the country and pummel public programs to lift all people up. To tackle the economic anxiety gripping the nation, Democrats must elevate topics of racism and xenophobia in order to address issues surrounding class and economic dislocation.[...]
Democrats should prop up the nation we are becoming and not the one in the rear view. Progressives can unite around an opposition agenda that embraces rather than shuns diversity.
They should present an agenda that champions progressive solutions and welcomes immigrants, refugees and programs to uplift and protect our vulnerable. This message appeals to all voters, no matter what community they belong.
Republicans have played a key role in destroying our faith in institutions and a widely held belief that ‘we’ truly are ‘the people’ in our multi-racial democracy. It’s vital Democrats organize and counter Republicans’ efforts now. America’s working families are in for some hard times and need an ally. And fast.