“Looking for the Left Wing in Rural, Predominantly White Areas”

I have a new piece up at Colorlines about the need to support and help expand the rural Left in the U.S.

“Everyone is familiar with the election map that shows the two Americas: a vast swath of red stretching across the country with a few blue patches clinging mostly to the coasts. This unbroken red block has been the cornerstone of what’s looking like a catastrophic political future for people of color, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, health care, reproductive rights, civil liberties, Social Security, the environment, and the list goes on.

So its no surprise that debate is raging among progressives about the White working class people who voted for Trump. Should these voters be uniformly dismissed as racist deplorables or should progressives try to appeal to them with populism?

I think we should be asking another question: How can progressives break up the sea of red by creating a vibrant small-town and rural movement?”

Read the rest at Colorlines

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