Trump’s America Through the Fearful but Still Hopeful Eyes of My Old Brooklyn Student & Friends

Article/Op-Ed in The 74 Million
Dec. 17, 2017

Conor P. Williams interviewed children of immigrants about how they view white Trump supporters in the 74 Million:

In 2005, just as I was moving to New York to start teaching a classroom of Brooklyn first- graders, The Onion published an article, “ ‘Midwest’ Discovered Between East and West Coasts,” which traded equally in stereotypes of snobby coastal elites and homespun, sweatsuited “Midwestern Aborigines.” Back then, coastal alienation from the heartland was all fun and games. So many urban sophisticates were blind to the tenor of life of their fellow citizens in “flyover” states.

The 2016 election shattered this self-serving view of American politics. Fully two-thirds of white voters without a college education supported Donald Trump, a higher percentage than supported Mitt Romney in 2012 or John McCain in 2008. Now, the non-satirical media echo the Onion.