The Truth is Conservatives Thrive on Fear, Hate, Racism, and Bigotry Because They’re Cowards

Throughout this country’s history, if you look at any pivotal moment (slavery, women’s suffrage, segregation, civil rights, gay rights, etc.) conservatives are on the wrong side of it.

One of the biggest reasons for this is that the vast majority of conservatives live in rural areas that, despite being the 21st century, aren’t all that much different than they were several decades ago.

As a person who’s lived in Texas my entire life, when I travel out to the eastern parts of my state to visit family, those small towns out there are still sparsely populated by the same families who’ve lived there generation after generation. While these areas have progressed some, shockingly, progress moves more at a glacier pace in these areas than it does in cities that are much more progressive.

Conservatives usually live in an isolated bubble surrounded by people who look, act, and think just like they do in areas of the country where there’s not a whole lot of outside influence.

If you live in a city, you’re forced to experience a much more diverse society. That’s not the case for a lot of conservatives. Many of these folks live in small towns that are mostly white with a Christian church seemingly on every corner. I’ve met plenty of conservatives who’ve never even really conversed in any sort of meaningful way with a Muslim, homosexual, or a transgender person — yet they have strong (usually negative) feelings about those groups.

For the most part, their existence, and what they believe about the world around them, is based on stereotypes — usually negative ones.

Conservatives thrive on fear, hate, racism, and bigotry because they’re cowards. They’re afraid of change, progress, and an ever-evolving world. They want the entire country to stay frozen in time like the tiny little towns they cherish.

The truth is, it takes courage to be progressive.

Not to say that it’s “courageous” to not be a bigot, racist, or overall terrible person. But it does take courage to be open to the idea of change. To resist the natural human condition to reject variation from the norm and accept things that are completely different from what you might be used to. It takes courage to step outside of a natural comfort zone to embrace and experience new things.

Those who led the charge to end slavery, give women the right to vote, do away with segregation, pass the Civil Rights Act, and push for equality for the LGBT community are the courageous ones. They dared to stand up against “the norm” and push for a better future for all Americans despite, at the time when they first began those battles, the majority of people being against them.

It’s the people who opposed them to the bitter end who were the cowards. They’re the ones who feared change. The ones who, instead of embracing things that are different, closed their minds and opposed anything and everything that was unfamiliar.

Donald Trump ascended to power largely hoisted up by these cowards. Fearful, paranoid, often even hateful people who were given a candidate who, despite lying to them with nearly every breath, told them what they wanted to hear. He nurtured their ignorance of the unknown and that which is different from what they’re used to, then fanned the flames of their cowardice.

It’s much easier to be fearful than hopeful. It’s much easier to hate that which is different than embrace it. It’s much easier to cling to outdated traditions than embrace new ones.

The bottom line is, it’s easy to be a conservative. All it takes is the willingness to give in to fear and allow yourself to live a cowardly life paranoid and afraid of change.

Progressives are the courageous ones who are willing to embrace change, be hopeful for our future, adapt to an ever-evolving world, and stand up against bigotry and hatred to bring about a better tomorrow.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Under Obama, black incomes, personal wealth, and home ownership rates declined relative to those of whites while racial relations measurably deteriorated. It is ironic that under Trump, the President despicables (as contemptiously described in this article) elected, black unemployment is now at a 17 year low and the black-white unemployment gap is at an all time low.

    • Robert Diaz

      It’s not ironic. It is easily explained by history and events at the time. Obama took office after the recession when the US was hemorrhaging jobs at a ridiculous rate. Everyone was out of work. When jobs came back, Blacks got them last, as throughout the whole of US history. Eventually, as the labor pool got smaller, everyone was considered. Not tricky to see, actually.

      Racial relations didn’t ‘measurably deteriorate’, people do what they always did and talked about it less. Until they felt okay about talking about it, so they did. People are as racist as they ever were and will be. As long as people need someone to blame for their ‘troubles’, the ‘other’ is an easy scapegoat.

      • strayaway

        Actually, according to the NY Times, Hispanic unemployment spiked before black unemployment so you are wrong on that point. However, as of 2015, Hispanics had regained 49% of the jobs they lost but blacks only 38%. Read carefully. Those things happened UNDER Obama. He was there for eight years. Your excuses may have been valid for up to maybe year three of his administration but you can’t blame Bush forever. After all, Harding reduced unemployment from over 15% to less then 4% in just two years by introducing an austerity budget. Obama instead chained our children to $10T of additional debt to create the slowest recovery since WWII.

        This is what I meant by measurable: “54% say relations between blacks and whites have gotten worse since Obama became president, including 57% of whites and 40% of blacks.” -CNN from the article 10/5/16, “Most say race relations worsened under Obama, poll finds’. Numbers measure things.

      • saffiregal

        Race relations worsened under the first black president Obama. Now I wonder if that has anything to do with increased white prejudice toward blacks!

      • jonjstrine42

        Of course not! It has nothing to do with the people questioning his birth place! That wasn’t racists at all. And the people playing “Barack The Magic Negro” on their radio shows? Absolutely not racists. The people holding up signs at Tea Party rallies that said “Make The White House White Again” or ones with drawings of gallows that said “Hang In There, Obama” were just concerned citizens exercising their right of free speech! How dare you say it’s racism?!? The drastic increase in memberships to racists organizations, and the uptick in such organizations themselves? All fake news! And don’t even get me started on the liberal lie that Obama faced more death threats than other presidents. I don’t care how many facts you have proving it. He’s still alive, isn’t he? Couldn’t have been very valid threats.
        Nope. It’s all Obama’s fault.

      • saffiregal

        Good points! Thanks for elaborating.

      • Robert Diaz

        All you did was prove my point. Blacks got hired back at a slower rate. According to your stats, employers hired back Latinos at a faster rate than Blacks, that’s all that means.

        And, uh, I’m going to call ‘special privilege’ knowledge on the race relations thing — I live it and experience it every day. People just got more vocal about it because they thought they could. The viral posts of White people going off on POC, although anecdotal, show how people think it’s okay (again) to be outspokenly racist, when for a while, they kept it to themselves.

        But none of this has anything to do with conservatives being on the wrong side of history, which was the point of the article.


      • strayaway

        That’s all it means? You forgot that peak Hispanic layoffs occurred before peak white and black layoffs but employers chose to hire back Hispanics first. I would ask why. Racial discrimination against blacks is certainly one strong possibility but neither of us have any measurable polls to make that claim. Also, there is the matter of immigrants Bush and Obama brought in to provide cheaper, not just Hispanic, foreign labor and Democratic votes displacing blacks. It remains an irony that things should go so horribly wrong for blacks under President Obama. Wait until robotization and computers further eliminate grocery clerks, McDonalds employees, truck drivers, etc.. That’s going to happen big time within 10 years. Education, and politically creating a shortage of labor so workers can demand rather than grovel for more pay are the only way I can see out of this.

      • saffiregal

        Agreed! Racism is still an issue in America especially toward African American’s. Even In high tech jobs whites more often get the position over their black counterpart who has more qualifications.