Education and Politics: It’s Complicated

Re: “New WA poll shows what really divides us” [Sept. 3, Local News]:

In his column, Danny Westneat writes that political scientist Ruy Teixeira asserts that “the educational divide is the main force fundamentally reorganizing political parties. Democrats are dumping non-college voters en masse — he says — because the party has become too “woke” and politically correct. It turns into the home of the educational elite.

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Teixeira reportedly said:[College grad] voters are less sensitive to economic issues and more likely to be affected by a social issue like abortion rights.

As a climate activist, I am extremely sensitive to economic issues. However, the situation is complicated. Global corporations continue to funnel wealth to the rich. Educated Democrats know that we are experiencing the greatest income inequality in our history. To say that “the GOP was for decades the party of white people, big business and the wealthy” implies that it is no longer.

Instead of We-know-better-than-you, I see and hear the message that the road ahead is difficult. Let’s come together to help each other. I drive my electric car and enjoy my college degree. I don’t cling to either.

Andrea O’Ferrall, Seattle

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