- Charlton McIlwain: This election cycle we heard about the "new white," but there is no such thing
- It's just the same old white (supremacist) narrative we have seen since Reconstruction, he writes
Charlton McIlwain is associate dean for faculty development & diversity and associate professor of media, culture, and communication at NYU Steinhardt. The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)Donald Trump's election ushered in the rise of the "new white," a rising movement poised to recalibrate America's racial balance of power. The movement's narrative is simple: Whether Trump's election signals triumph or doom, America's most important next step is to reach out, embrace, and better understand the ignored, maligned and threatened white working class. Heralded by voices on both the left and right, the narrative explains Trump's victory, diagnoses Hillary Clinton's Electoral College loss, and prescribes how the nation should move forward.