Diversity in the U.S. and Canada

Source: Mark Lilla, “The End of Identity Liberalism” in The New York Times, November 18

One of the many lessons of the recent presidential election campaign and its repugnant outcome is that the age of identity liberalism must be brought to an end. Hillary Clinton was at her best and most uplifting when she spoke about American interests in world affairs and how they relate to our understanding of democracy. But when it came to life at home, she tended on the campaign trail to lose that large vision and slip into the rhetoric of diversity, calling out explicitly to African-American, Latino, L.G.B.T. and women voters at every stop.

This was a strategic mistake. If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention all of them. If you don’t, those left out will notice and feel excluded. Which, as the data show, was exactly what happened with the white working class and those with strong religious convictions. Fully two-thirds of white voters without college degrees voted for Donald Trump, as did over 80 percent of white evangelicals.

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Unperturbed by the repugnant outcome of the American election, Canadians will continue to celebrate diversity until further notice.

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4 responses to “Diversity in the U.S. and Canada

  1. In promoting diversity is it wise public policy to celebrate how different groups differ from one another as opposed to what they have in common? Shouldn’t equal time be given to both interests?

    • I agree that there is a non-sequitur – or semi-sequitur – in this posting. The NY Times article suggests that the time for diversity liberalism may have gone and that in future election campaigners should address Americans as individuals and not as memobers of groups. No such rethinking is required in Canacda.

  2. David Schatzky

    Canadian politicians must begin to be very careful about addressing equity and inclusivity more than the general citizenry will tolerate. There’s been a massive upswing in online pro-Trump anti-Trudeau comments following articles and reports in Canadian publications. These comments express extremely resentful and horrifyingly vengeful sentiments about political correctness, minorities, special interest groups, the elites and insiders.
    This why opportunistic Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie (“Canadian Values”) Leitch is unashamedly promoting a kind of virulent nationalist values test for newcomers. She gets away with it because there’s more support for such vileness now that Trump has unleashed the monster. Yes, Canada is not as dangerous yet as the U.S., but vigilance here is necessary.

  3. Will the tea-leaf readers for once admit reality – enough US voters responded positively to Donald Trump to see him elected President. They did not do this despite his toxic messages about minorities – many did it because of those messages.