Vox published an article Wednesday on how to understand the “Trump era” and claimed white people are afraid minorities will replace them.
One section of the article was titled: “White people’s fear of being replaced is a powerful motivator.”
“On the face of it, their fear — replacement — is absurd,” Vox’s science reporter Brian Resnick wrote. “White people (particularly white men) have been the dominant political and economic class of Americans from before this country’s founding. But they actually do seem to feel this way.”
“It’s easy to think these fears are abhorrent and confined to just people on the fringe. But they also do exist, to a smaller degree, among the mainstream,” Resnick continued. “And among people who might not consider themselves to be racist.”
This fear has become a “powerful political instigator,” Resnick said and believes it to be one of the main reasons why 41 percent of millennials voted for President Donald Trump.
Whites will likely treat minorities with less respect, as they begin to fade from the majority, he also said.
“In experiments, when white participants are reminded that a majority of Americans will belong to minority groups in just a few decades, they begin to feel less warm toward members of other races,” Resnick wrote. “One test even showed that reminding white people of this trend increased support for Trump.”
“When people hear about the rise of one group, they automatically fear it will mean a decline in their own. This happens even in well-intentioned people.”
These findings don’t mean all white people are racist, Resnick said but added their fear was unfounded and negatively influenced their actions.
“What this doesn’t mean is that all white people harbor extreme racial animus. It means fear is an all-too-easy button for politicians to press,” he concluded. “We fear unthinkingly. It directs our actions. And it nudges us to believe the person who says he will vanquish our fears.”
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