[Marxism] race, gender and class in the US

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 09:08:59 MDT 2018


Here <https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2574> is an
interesting article on the divisions in US society. It gives a breakdown of
the views of the Kavanaugh nomination by age, gender and ethnic group
(black, white, and Latino or what they call "Hispanic").

This poll shows that the main division about Kavanaugh is not around
gender; it's around race. The overwhelming majority of black and Latino
people, male and female, young and old, oppose Kavanaugh. Among whites, it
is much more divided. Even white women support Kavanaugh's confirmation by
51% to 40%. There is something of a difference by age, meaning that younger
white women would tend more to oppose Kavanaugh than would older white
women, but that division is nowhere near as great as by race/ethnicity.

It does not give a breakdown by class or even income, which approximates
class but is a far from perfect indicator of it. However, support for Trump
spans the class divisions, and there is no reason to think support for
Kavanaugh doesn't do the same.

What this shows is not that the working class is divided; it's actually
fragmented. It hardly exists as an independent force in US society. This
has created a massive vacuum, and just as nature abhors a vacuum, so does
politics. It is exactly this vacuum that has allowed the most extreme
views, the most extreme aggression against the working class to become a
mass force. It is why more than ever socialists should be emphasizing the
necessity of starting to take the small steps possible to build a working
class party (not a "left" party; a *working class* party). And as Cliff
Willmeng, workers candidate for Boulder County Commissioner, explains in
his interview
<https://oaklandsocialist.com/2018/10/04/interview-cliff-willmeng-workers-candidate-for-boulder-county-commissioner/>,
it's not possible to do this while supporting the liberal wing of the
Democrats.

John Reimann


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