Is Conservatism inherently racist? My hunch is that the conservative movement prioritizes and perpetuates racism and racist institutions. The conservative stance on liberty, family values, and ideological consistency are rooted in normative systems of institutional power. In the United States, at least, this power is synonymous with whiteness. Cultural, social, and religious norms are largely white hegemonies.
That’s too limited – power in the United States is predominantly white, male, and heterosexual.
So there’s that.
Another question is whether there can be reconciliation between conservative and progressive values? Can the adherents of these two world views and approaches towards life and governance reconcile themselves so that we can regain some semblance of something other than complete disfunction?
It’s a matter of both reconciliation and rehabilitation. The ideological adherents need to find some way to reconcile their differences, whereas the system itself is in need of rehabilitation.
I believe that one of the ways this happens is by engaging with individuals, groups, and organizations within our communities. The challenge, though, is finding the time to make the time and then sustaining some level of engagement long term.
One thing is for certain –
We cannot allow ourselves to retreat from public life. Democracy is an aspiration, not a given.