It’s a puzzling mystery why so many working class people in the midwest go for Trumpism. Some answers are in Imagining the Heartland; White Supremacy and the American Midwest  by anthropologist authors Britt Halvorson and Joshua Renoit. It examines the roots of today’s angry violence against The Others. They find a motivating mythic narrative of bucolic peaceful home and hearth, how things used to be but really never were. The “real Americans” versus the coastal elites; multiculturalism as an existential threat. We need to understand this foundation to have any hope of addressing white supremacy. Give a listen.

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