Source: Washington Post
by Perry Bacon Jr.
“In the decades since the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts in the 1960s, the Republican Party has embraced a strategy of [w]hite grievance, perennially pushing policies and rhetoric that imply that the United States has gone too far in supporting civil rights causes and people of color. … The Democratic Party, to its credit, has remained committed to civil rights. It wants to be aligned with people of color. But Democrats also want to win elections in a [w]hite-majority country. So, party leaders for decades have informally adopted a strategy of [w]hite appeasement — by which I mean they have frequently taken actions, often subtle, to demonstrate to [w]hite Americans that they aren’t too tied to civil rights causes and people of color.” (11/11/21)