According to the mainstream media and every Democrat in Congress, Donald Trump is singlehandedly responsible for the racial divide in the United States. Try as they might to portray President Trump as a terrible racist who is damaging the social fabric of this country, though, a new study conducted by two sociologists at the University of Pennsylvania shows quite the opposite.
According to the results of this study, the racial divide in the United States has actually improved since President Trump took office.
These results no-doubt came as quite a surprise to Daniel Hopkins and Samantha Washington, who set out to measure the result of what they called “[Trump’s] explicit, negative rhetoric targeting ethnic/racial minorities”.
What they found, though, was that “white Americans’ expression of anti-black and anti-Hispanic prejudice declined after the 2016 campaign and election.”
Rather than accept the obvious results of this study, however, Hopkins and Washington tried their best to explain away the study’s conclusion while still maintaining that President Trump is a racist by claiming that the study demonstrated the “thermostatic response” – a term used to describe the phenomena where people move in the opposite direction of their leaders.
This, of course, is an absurd conclusion that is born entirely out of bias and a complete inability to recognize that the initial hypothesis may not be true.
However, the conclusion that the study draws is not its biggest takeaway. The biggest takeaway is the data that the study produced, and data is not biased.
Hopkins and Washington may have started with a faulty hypothesis and ended with a faulty conclusion, but the results of their study speak for themselves. Racism in America has not increased under President Trump – it has decreased.
While this is certainly positive news, the fact that racism has decreased under President Trump may have less to do with Trump himself and more to do with the President that he replaced.
President Obama had a long track record of taking outspoken positions on racially charged incidents. In turn, he most often succeeded in increasing racial tensions rather than reducing them.
Coming to the defense of Trayvon Martin and saying “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon” is one of the more infamous incidents where Obama took sides in racially charged circumstances, but it certainly wasn’t the only time that Obama was all too willing to fan the flames of racial disputes in America.
Whether he had good intentions or not, the result was that the racial divide in America grew more prominent than it has ever been in modern history under President Obama.
President Trump, on the other hand, hasn’t operated this way so far. Rather than involving himself with racial disputes, President Trump has set out to benefit all Americans. In spite of the media’s best efforts to paint him as a racist, President Trump also goes out of his way to praise minority achievement and has taken great pride in the policies that help make minority achievement possible.
President Trump has overseen a period where black unemployment is at an all-time low. He also signed an executive order allocating funds for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) just six weeks into his Presidency and has allocated more funds for HBCUs than any other President before him.
President Trump is striving to improve the quality of life for all Americans – minorities included – and he’s helping to heal the racial divide in the process.
There’s no denying that we still experience a racial divide in the United States. We are currently dealing with division in many ways, including political division, geographic division, religious division, racial division, and more. President Trump may be at least partially to blame for the political division in the United States, but none of the other division in the United States can be pinned on Donald Trump – no matter how hard the media tries.
Like most fake news narratives, the narrative that Trump is a horrible racist is not based in a shred of fact or truth. According to the University of Pennsylvania study, the narrative that he is making the United States more racist isn’t at all true either. Those on the left, however, rarely let facts get in the way of a good political ploy.