Liberal Blind Spots Hiding The Truth About Trump Country

Liberal blind spots hiding the truth about Trump country. For one thing - it's not Trump country. So argues Sarah Smarsh, a journalist and author.

Liberal blind spots hiding the truth about Trump country.

For one thing – it’s not Trump country.

So argues Sarah Smarsh, a journalist and author.

In one of the most widely-read personal opinion pieces in the New York Times Smarsh says:

“Is the white working class an angry, backward monolith — some 90 million white Americans without college degrees,  all standing around in factories and fields thumping their dirty hands with baseball bats? You might think so after two years of media fixation on this version of the aggrieved laborer: male, Caucasian, conservative, racist, sexist.

This account does white supremacy a great service in several ways: It ignores workers of color, along with humane, even progressive white workers. It allows college-educated white liberals to signal superior virtue while denying the sins of their own place and class. And it conceals well-informed, formally educated white conservatives —  from middle-class suburbia to the highest ranks of influence — who voted for Donald Trump in legions.”

Sarah has reported on socioeconomic class, politics and public policy for The New Yorker and Harper’s online, The Guardian, VQR, Pacific Standard, Longreads, Guernica, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many others. She was a Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government during the spring 2018 semester. 

She has written a book – on the American working poor and her upbringing in rural Kansas.

The title is – HEARTLAND: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

It will be available in September of this year.

Read what else she says in her essay.


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