Minority Voters are Rejecting “Defund the Police” Lunacy
In the past year, the far left assured America that minorities would 100% support their “defund the police” efforts. However, this assumption was soon refuted by the results of New York City’s mayoral race. Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain, a New York State Senator, and Brooklyn Borough President, won in a resounding fashion during the Democratic primary on June 22, 2021 running on a pro-police platform.
The New York Times reported on Adams’ pro-police stances which helped him make strong gains with minorities and cruise to election without issue:
In a contest that centered on crime and public safety, Eric Adams, who emerged as the leading Democrat, focused much of his message on denouncing progressive slogans and policies that he said threatened the lives of “Black and brown babies” and were being pushed by “a lot of young, white, affluent people.” A retired police captain and Brooklyn’s borough president, he rejected calls to defund the Police Department and pledged to expand its reach in the city. Black and brown voters in Brooklyn and the Bronx flocked to his candidacy, awarding Mr. Adams with sizable leading margins in neighborhoods from Eastchester to East New York.
As Chris Enloe of the Blaze observed, “The results show the majority of black and Hispanic voters, two groups of people Democrats assume will support them, are more moderate than progressive Democrats assume.”
Hakeem Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, observed that the average black voter is more in line with Adams’ views on policing than progressive luminaries such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Black people talk about politics in more practical and everyday terms… What makes more sense for people who are often distrustful of broad political claims is something that’s more in the middle,” Jefferson said to The New York Times. “The median Black voter is not AOC and is actually closer to Eric Adams.”
Enloe is correct in pointing out that what recently took place in New York City is starting to become a broader trend nationwide.
“[A] growing body of evidence indicates that large numbers of Black and Latino voters may simply take a more centrist view on the very issues — race and criminal justice — that progressives assumed would rally voters of color to their side,” the Times noted.
White Democrats appear to be the most liberal of the Democrat coalition. Per a report by Gallup, the proportion of white Democrats who identify as “liberal” grew from the early 2000s by more than twofold when juxtaposed to the share of black and Hispanic Democrats who self-identify as liberal.
Gallup explored this trend in more detail:
Increased liberal identification has been particularly pronounced among non-Hispanic white Democrats, rising 20 percentage points from an average 34% in the early 2000s to 54% in the latest period. By contrast, Gallup trends show a nine-point rise in the percent liberal among Hispanic Democrats, from 29% to 38%, and an eight-point increase among black Democrats, from 25% to 33%.
BLP covered the previous mayoral success by a Hispanic Republican in the border city of McAllen, Texas. This election perhaps shows a growing shift in the views of certain segments of the Hispanic populace.
These emergent trends are indicative of a generalized discontent that’s beginning to cross ethnic lines. Republicans should ride these trends and take after the example of Teddy Roosevelt, and give the Republican Party a more populist and gritty image that embodies virility and order.
A populist message that takes strong stances against crime, degeneracy, and globalism can bring working class whites and non-whites together. These groups, while coming from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, often live in cities that are multicultural hellscapes filled with violence and social dysfunction.
It’s just a matter of astute right wing candidates picking up on these trends and immediately acting on them by centering their campaigns on law and order and broader populist themes.