Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
I was watching a video earlier today where a guy was talking about a recent debate black conservatives and black liberals had. He made a point near the end of the video that really made a lot of sense to me. He said people find more common ground with class rather than color/race.

He was saying how lower class people tend not to get along with upper class people, middle class can't relate with either too. People typically change their minds politically according to what class they are in. Lower class tend to be more liberal, middle class is mixed, and upper class tends to be more conservative.

I just thought it was interesting thinking back to the friends I had when I grew up and the people I didn't like. I was considered middle class and had just as many black friends as I did white (I am white). I think people overlook this, especially the media, and it causes division amongst people as a race issue when it really boils down to an income issue.

What do you all think?
I tend to agree with the class/common ground kernel of truth there. In fact, I think a lot of politicians are invested in keeping race an issue because it's divisive and it's a distraction from the cause of most ills (rich people hoarding money/resources/wealth, spoiler alert). Like LBJ said, "“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” This is more how much of the right in America wants to keep things, because it's a distraction for poor whites from how poor they are/how much they're getting screwed: the left to which everyone seems to be referring here, I'll point out, is not everyone on the left, but it is indeed the (current) Democratic establishment.

Both Left and Right want to keep our national ideology of neoliberalism going, which is why the moderate left doesn't want to bring up class or rising wealth inequality (like progressives are pushing now, which is why they pushed Hillary and will push Biden 2020 to try and stop a Warren or Bernie), and the moderate right wants to reign in the alt-right but also profit off their racist-tinged votes (which Trump being elected, that was a rupture, they lost control of a big part of their base and are wondering if they can put the genie back in the bottle...which they can't).

Oh, but the "change their minds politically according to what class they are in" bit is nonsense (in America anyways): I know a lot of rich liberals, poor conservatives. The biggest determiner there, actually, is population density, rural vs. city: large metropolitan areas, naturally being more cosmopolitan, tend to lean left, conversely with sparsely populated rural areas.