“Scared white people.”
These are the three words that University of Washington political science professor Christopher Parker used to explain Trump’s primary win and to support his prediction for a Trump presidential victory just days before the first presidential debate in late September 2016. Parker’s prognostication was largely ignored by the media and he believes this is because of his race and the assumption that as a black man he would be too quick to use race as an explanation.
On Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, Parker will discuss how his prediction was not based on racial bias but on sound social science and a history that has shown periods of racial progress followed by periods of racial pushback.
Pointing to data on voting behavior and attitudes from the Voter Study Group, Parker contends that anxiety over immigration and terrorism, not the economy, are what drove voters to Trump in flocks. While he acknowledges that most voters cast ballots based on party lines, the data shows significant spikes in racial resentment, particularly toward people of Muslim and Mexican decent, and that the economy was no more important to voters than it was in years past.