The Ezra Klein Show: Ep. 43 – Heather McGhee returns to talk Trump, race, and empathy
There are few episodes of this show that people loved as much as my conversation with Heather McGhee, president of the think tank Demos. Our first discussion focused on race, class, populism, and the sometimes toxic ways the three interact. It’s a topic I wanted to revisit in the aftermath of Trump’s election, and so I asked Heather back to the show. After this conversation, I’m very, very glad I did. Among other things, we discussed:
-The three factors that explain the election results
-Why race is a more complex force in politics than either liberals or conservatives assume
-The dangers of Democrats convincing themselves that populism and racial justice are either/or
-Her experience talking with a white man who realized he was prejudiced, and asked her help in changing
-Why Clinton lost states Obama won
-Why Clinton didn’t outperform Obama among nonwhite voters
-Why the core of modern racism is seeing some races as made of individuals and others as collectives
-Whether the very language around race and racism makes empathy more difficult
-How Democrats should think about cooperating — and not cooperating — with Trump
And, as always, much more. Heather is brilliant on these topics, and this is worth listening to.
Also, a lot of you have asked for an episode where I answer your questions, and we’re going to make it happen. So send your questions for me to [email protected].
Listen to the entire episode here.