TRINITYPROP Race, Abortion, and Religion
The propagandas about racial bias, abortion, and religion in politics that pervade our society describe an uneasy prevalence of the oldprop over the new. Few other social issues and their propagandas so strain the workings of our popular culture as does trinityprop, for they are based on class values that are less subject to change than are attitudes toward other social issues.
Many of the emotional concerns that underlie that trinity of angry propagandas defy knowledge rather than rest on it, create fears rather than confidence, and provoke confrontation rather than accommodation. In their stridency they have given voice to the most pernicious of the oldprops: hate and exclusion. Their propagandas are more appropriate to a mass culture than a popular one.
Of the trinity, racial issues have been both the least and the most amenable to discussion and accommodation. By contrast, the synergy between abortionprop and religionprop has been the most unyielding to newprop, although the exigencies of the 1996 presidential race pushed some of the religionists away from their most exclusionary rhetoric.
The amelioration in racial attitudes and rhetoric was brought about by the emergence of middle-class values among a substantial segment of the Black, Asian, and Hispanic populations. For all, it was a question of moving on