NYU professor Cristina Beltran wrote the op-ed for The Washington Post last week
An NYU professor has been slammed for claiming in a Washington Post op-ed that black and Hispanic voters supported Trump because of something called ‘multiracial whiteness’ which separates them from their own race.
Cristina Beltran – who describes herself using the gender neutral term ‘Latinx’ – wrote last week that it was a surprise to see Latino and black faces among the MAGA mob that stormed the Capitol, and that it was also ‘unsettling’ that ‘a quarter to a third of Latino voters voted to re-elect Trump’.
She rationalized their preference for him with the idea of ‘multiracial whiteness’ which is the idea that white is more than a race or racial identity.
‘What are we to make Latino voters inspired by Trump? And what are we to make of unmistakably White mob violence that also includes non-White participants?
‘I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination,’ she wrote.
This is Beltran’s piece. She used a photograph of Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio to illustrate it
She went on to claim that being white is no longer someone’s racial identity but is also a ‘political color’ which can lead to ‘a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.’
Ali Alexander, a Stop the Steal organizer, was another example given by Beltran of the ‘unsettling’ number of Latino and black people who support Trump
The idea, she said, is ‘rooted in white supremacy, indigenous dispossession and anti-blackness’.
‘In the politics of multiracial whiteness, anyone can join the MAGA movement and engage in the wild freedom of unbridled rage and conspiracy theories.
‘Multiracial whiteness offers citizens of every background the freedom to call Muslims terrorists, demand that undocumented immigrants be rounded up and deported, deride BLM as a movement of thugs and criminals, and accuse Democrats of being blood-drinking pedophiles.
‘Here, the politics of exclusion, violence and demonization are available to all.
‘If you want to speak Spanish and celebrate a quinceañera in your family, go ahead. If you want to be a Proud Boy, be a Proud Boy.
‘Trump doesn’t care. As long as you love him, he’ll love you,’ she said.
The article was slammed by critics who said Beltran was trying to reconcile that some black and Latino voters support Trump
Beltran recently wrote a book about race issues which she called The Trouble with Unity
Her arguments were picked apart on Twitter by critics of all races who called her opinions ‘off the charts nuts’ and accused her of trying to label black and Latino voters as ‘white supremacists’ simply because they support the President.
‘Fascinating attempt to reconcile the fact that so many non-whites voted for Trump (more than 2016), and that some of the key participants in the Capitol riot and related groups are non-white: “Multiracial whiteness”: they’re white even when they’re not.
‘What is “whiteness,” even when it somehow ends up describing Blacks & Latinos?
‘The evil it references it this — it “reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity”‘ Glenn Greenwald tweeted.
Ben Domenech, the co-founder and the publisher of The Federalist who is also married to Meghan McCain, tweeted: ‘”Multiracial whiteness” is just another term for struggling with the fact that some of the people who disagree with you are brown.’
Voter analysis by The New York Times shows that precincts where Latinos and Asian-Americans make up at least 65 per cent of the population shifted toward President Trump in 2020
Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire tweeted: ‘To understand Trump’s support, we must think in terms of hot coldness.’
Jemima Kelly, a journalist for The Financial Times, added: ‘This piece is really off-the-charts nuts.’
Trump increased support among black and Latino voters between 2016 and 2020.
While the majority of both groups voted for Biden, he did lose voters in states like Florida and in some parts of urban cities.
Some said they felt ‘taken for granted’ by the Democrats.
Others, like history professor Geraldo L. Cadava, have explained that there is no such thing as the ‘Latino vote’ because Latino voters differ in background so much.
In a November 9 article for The Atlantic, Cadava wrote: ‘Latinos are not a uniform voting bloc. We are spread across the country and have wildly different backgrounds.
‘Over the years, Latinos ourselves have struggled to articulate what unites and divides us.
‘We are so diverse that we often say the “Latino vote” doesn’t really exist,’ he said.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump rally outside the Latinos for Trump Roundtable event at Trump National Doral Miami is a golf resort in Doral, Florida, on September 25, 2020