The post-Trump right is disorganized right now but a Trumpian policy set seems to be forming. The economic nationalism and populism he pitched seems here to stay. A deeper shift is occurring that has gone unnoticed. The pundit class has begun to call things anti-white.
This is a noticeable shift that has occurred with no real change from the left. The right calls the rhetoric and messaging from the left anti-white. Even the softest of pundits, Rod Dreher, has joined the chorus. These same media figures avoided this in 2020 during the BLM rioting, which was chock full of anti-white signs and chants. That was called anti-American.
Anyone prior to this trying to point out the melange of government enforced policies, judicial decisions and bureaucratic regulations that actively suppressed whites was a conspiracy theorist. It was beyond the pale to make an argument that the American system actively constructed rules that were anti-white. The meritocracy myth worked really well, despite easily measured disparities of the quality of different ethnic or racial groups selected for universities, med school programs, et cetera.
What changed? The change may be that Critical Race Theory became an explicit expression of the Civil Rights infrastructure laced with language scapegoating whites, and the desire to implement it in schools for children. This was all woven into our universities though. Why didn’t they care? The right has or had a false impression that the university system was a self-contained ecosystem with little effect on broader culture. Universities are insane was what they could say as cope.
Critical Race Theory is an easy target because it is so explicit in its anti-white messaging. It is another step in the scapegoating that leads to ethnic conflict or targeting by authorities. Finally, the loose conspiracy theory that could string together a lot of policies that were implicit has a tangible, explicit target. It’s simple and can be a catch all for the left’s broader mood. The left knows this so is falling back on obfuscation, denial and calling the right hysterical.