Toni Monkovic points out for the New York Times that ideology is trumped by identity in Dixie’s politics. The writer notes that Republican front-runner Donald Trump has generally done better in States which have large Black populations than in more homogeneously White States. Monkovic notes that Trump’s greatest appeal is as a voice for the voiceless – especially working class White people. She writes that “An appeal to white identity tends to work better in areas where that identity is felt to be under threat. The South, where Mr. Trump has performed well, has long been known for racially polarized politics.” She goes to explain that race predicts political identification in the South, with nearly all Blacks voting Democratic and nearly all Whites voting Republican.
Monkovic also points to research which demonstrates Southerners’ concern about US-engineered demographic revolution which is leading to the racial replacement of Whites by non-Whites. That research also suggests that exposure to “diversity” actually turns Whites against expanding liberal social programs. It suggests that a more homogeneous society would probably favor more social benefits as such benefits would be preceived as helping one’s own people.