The hate we see these days is not tribal or natural, it is manufactured for ideological and political purposes.
America is not a hateful nation; we never have been. We are just not built that way.
You probably wouldn’t know it but eight years ago, America was ranked as one of the most tolerant nations in the world. Back in 2013 (before intellect was replaced with wokeism), the Washington Post (yes, it was safe to report factual data helpful to the Obama administration) published the results of something called the World Values Survey. A significant part of it was a global survey designed by two Swedish economists to determine tolerance of nations. The Swedish researchers settled on a question, one they deduced could be a strong indicator of tolerance for other races.
The survey asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify kinds of people they would not want as neighbors.
Seems a logical and revealing question. Without admitting prejudice or bigotry, simply indicating such a preference is a good way to get at the heart of likes and dislikes at in a non-threatening way.
When asked to pick from groups they would not want as neighbors, Americans who picked “people of another race” fell in the 0 – 4.9% category, the lowest bracket in the study.
That survey found Anglo and Latin countries were, by far, the most tolerant. People in the survey were most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor in the United Kingdom and its Anglo former colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) and in Latin America. The Post noted the only real exceptions were oil-rich Venezuela, where income inequality sometimes breaks along racial lines, and the Dominican Republic, perhaps because of its adjacency to troubled Haiti. Scandinavian countries also scored high.
So essentially, the modern iteration of Western, Christian civilization was the most tolerant.
Some surveys still put America in the top ten or twenty of the most tolerant/least racist categories, but several now rank us much lower. Did America become less tolerant and more racist over the past 8 years? Not likely. What is more likely is that ideological bias during the Trump years caused variations in the various surveys.
It is interesting that Western nations, or at least those still following the Western model of cultures and economies, still rank at the top, especially since those nations are the most likely to be under attack by Woke Marxists for being the most racially oppressive nations in the world.
One might deduce those attacks are about something else entirely, and if one does, one would not be far wrong.
Wherever you are, look around you. Look in your neighborhood, your wider community, your church, your kid’s schools, your city or town. Look at where you work. Do you see any racists or white supremacists?
You will be hard pressed to find any.
Have you devolved into a bigot or racist in the past five years?
If you are like me, probably not.
You probably still oppose the same programs you opposed when whites were in certain offices. I still oppose the leftist programs of the Clinton administration (who is white but according to novelist Tony Morrison was white but America’s FBP – first black president) as well as the same leftist ideology championed by Barack Obama (who was multiracial but “identified” as black) and Joe Biden (who is so pasty white it hurts).
You might be irritated about being called a racist when you are not and find it difficult to suffer morons lightly, disdaining jerks, a-holes and perpetually aggrieved malcontents as a matter of principle, but that’s not being bigoted or racist.
The fact is that over the past five years or so, the American left changed the definition of racism to “things and people we don’t like”. There is literally nothing people like those on AOC’s Squad and the Ivy faculty lounges won’t classify as racism and intolerance if they need a defense of their squirrel brained ideas.
The only people I can see who exhibit the characteristics of bigoted racists include the usual suspects, the 60’s era communist revolutionaries who want to use race as a new wedge between racial classes – but the majority are white, college educated people (and a large percentage of them are female) and the black nationalists in the BLM movement (I’m not including ANTIFA because they are just criminals disguised as a social movement). As a matter of racial demographics, studies of the 2020 BLM/ANTIFA “protests” (based on video censuses of the events) found that the majority of marchers in those events were white.
These are people who see the conservatives as racists (they aren’t) but cannot accept that the radical black members of BLM (and Congress) are.
When we take an honest look out across our national landscape, the most striking thing I see is the near total absence of tribal hatred. Even in today’s corrosive and toxic public discourse and as political factions try to separate America into tribes, that’s not our nature.
For all the ranting about diversity, inclusion and equity, America has always been a nation of diversity, inclusion and equality.
The hate we see these days is manufactured for ideological and political purposes, it is not naturally occurring, nor is it inevitable.