The national political media often tends to view issues through the lens of its class, which is mostly composed of elite education that has socialized them into fetishizing of things like our demographic categories. Most Americans don’t think that way; you have to be in a pretty elite group to think of the world in a highly sectarian way. If you doubt this, check out the Hidden Tribes report. Or log off social media for a while and talk to people offline.
Somebody who beautifully captured this was California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. Speaking at a town hall in New Hampshire on February 18, Harris explained how we have more in common than what sets us apart:
HARRIS: We have all kinds of diversity, of religion and race and ethnicity and topography and industry. We could go on and on. […] Some would suggest that within diversity it is not possible to achieve unity. Oh, there are so many differences how can we achieve unity. Well I’ll tell you this, the way that we achieve unity is by understanding that yes, we are diverse, and we have so much more in common than what separates us. I think about this in the context of what some of us call the middle of the night thought […] For the vast majority of us, when we wake up at that moment thinking that thought that’s been weighing on us it is never through the lens of the party with which we’re registered to vote. It is never through the lens of some demographic a pollster put us in. And for the vast majority of us when we wake up thinking that thought, it has to do with one of just a very few things. Our personal health, the health of our children or our parents. For so many Americans, can I get a job, keep a job, pay the bills by the end of the month? Retire with dignity? For so many of our parents, can I get my child access to treatment for their opioid addiction? […] The vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us. And as we go forward then and fight this good fight let’s hold onto that.
Of course, when Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders says virtually the same thing, elite media figures tend to criticize him for it. This is probably because resentment against white men is basically encouraged in parts of liberal media, even though it’s prejudicial and practicing racial essentialism, one of the bedrock beliefs that underwrites racism. But let’s just be honest here, what Sanders and Harris are saying is common sense, accepted among the vast majority of Americans, and constantly splitting up Americans into racial and gender categories is off-putting to most people.