With voter turnout projected to above 60% and the prospect of almost 70 million people voting for both candidates, it is expected that nearly half the country will not be happy with the Presidential election result. We wanted to see what political scientists thought about our current political situation and the path forward for the country.
Toward that end, we asked the following 2 questions:
Is there a political solution to the divide we are experiencing in the United States? What can the future president do politically to bring the country together or is this highly polarized politic situation here to stay? Here is one response from Furman Professor Brittany Arsiniega.
The highly polarized public is likely to stay. Polarization is deeply rooted psychologically, and there are deep divisions that have existed in this country since its founding — especially along racial lines.
What we are witnessing is largely the result of white backlash — unexamined and enduring white supremacy. It takes remarkable insight and vision from leadership to steer a country away from these divisions, instead of directly towards them. It also takes a robust public educational system. We have neither. Trump eagerly fanned the flames of division, especially along racial lines.
The United States invests remarkably little in public education, instead focusing spending on things like military and police. Until we 1) do a better job of teaching our children about the inequities of American history and about human tendency towards division and 2) actively teach skills necessary to build inclusive communities, the electorate will continue to select leaders who represent the worst, not the best, in us.
Brittany Arsiniega, JD, PhD (she / her)
Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs, Furman University
Here’s What Other Political Scientist Had to Say
Upstate News Headlines
- Troopers: Driver cited after striking pedestrian who was directing traffic in Piedmont
- Asheville Police: Man accused of assaulting McDonalds employee & another shooting incident arrested in Colorado
- DHEC: SC may be getting initial deliveries of vaccine by mid-December
- Deputies thank 9-year-old boy who donated more than 100 toys that will be given to kids in need during ‘Shop with a Cop’
- Parents of teen Greenville Co. killed in crash to donate basketballs to holiday toy drive to mark his 17th birthday
- Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse ordered to stand trial
- Wisconsin high court declines to hear Trump election lawsuit
- Greenville Tops State For New Covid-19 Infections Thursday
- First Person in United States to try COVID-19 Vaccine Talks Side Effects
- DHEC: More than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in SC Thursday, plus 21 new virus deaths