This very interesting article explores the idea that the recent rise of right wing nationalist movements around the globe have a common component: a crisis of white identity. Here ‘whiteness’ is defined not as a skin color but as a group that has had economic and political predominance through history. The idea is that people have different sources of identities and they normally choose the one that is the ‘best’. In the case of white people, they could choose to identify themselves between being part of the dominant racial group or being part of the dominant economic group. Recent polls show that Trump supporters come from white working-class and middle-class households, not the very poor minorities. The first two groups have been hit in the last decade with economic crisis, reduces jobs and a general feeling that the American dream is unreachable. The article then concludes that because this white sector cannot identify themselves as the economically succcessful, then it must rely on the other historically good label, being white. That is the root of the nationalist movements. The article goes on to explore how other factors may fuel this premise: the lack of a fair platform to discuss ‘white identity’ without being labeled white supremacist, the changing pace of immigration around the world, the idea that whites might not be the majority in the future, the sensing of  other ethnic groups success as a threat, etc. I find this article brings up legitimate points in which cultural identity deeply affects political identity. It does not tell the story of whites are bad, the rest are good. It rather explores the frustrations of a group witnessing a changing world.

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