Slate Writer: Trump’s Election Unleashed ‘Spasms of Unchained Bigotry’ Containing N-Words and Other Vile Slurs


This is a reactionary era, Goldberg warned, and “liberal assumptions that had become part of the atmosphere — that female leadership is desirable, that dismantling racism is an urgent social imperative, that diversity in gender expression constitutes progress — will likely fall out of fashion. In the 1970s, feminism seemed unstoppable; after Ronald Reagan’s election, it was treated as an embarrassing anachronism. If you haven’t lived through a cultural backlash before, you will be stunned by how quickly and how profoundly the intellectual weather can change. And none of us has lived through a backlash as severe as the one we’re facing.”

As for Trump voters’ motivation, Goldberg played up culture and played down economics, noting that “among the dozens of Trump supporters” she interviewed during the presidential campaign, “not one mentioned NAFTA, but many — perhaps most — complained about political correctness. Again and again, people told me how much they resented not being able to speak their minds, though none of them wanted to articulate what exactly they were holding in.” – READ MORE

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