“We’re not getting the cultural conversation,” says Susan Faludi, author of the best-selling memoir, The Culture Wars: How America Became a Culture Wars Superpower.
“I mean, I think what you’re seeing is a sort of culture war between white men and women who are very comfortable with their culture and who have never really experienced the loss of that culture.”
This divide has a name: The Culture War.
Its origins date back to the early 2000s, when the American media and entertainment industries began portraying the world as a war zone, fueled by a rise in violent crime and a general distrust of immigrants and other outsiders.
While this narrative, which was often played out through the prism of American exceptionalism, has been reinforced by the rise of President Donald Trump and his populist rhetoric, it has largely been ignored by mainstream media.
And the culture war has been especially acute in the United States, where, despite a national fixation on the election of Trump, the country is increasingly turning away from the white nationalist narrative.
But while the media and mainstream media have long used the narrative of a war on immigrants and minorities to advance their own political agendas, Faludi argues that the cultural warfare narrative is more insidious.
It’s not just a matter of the media being hostile toward a particular group of people; it’s a reflection of a broader social, economic, and political environment in which these groups have been marginalized.
“The idea that there’s this whole ‘culture war’ against white people is the first thing that comes to mind,” Faludi told The Huffington Post.
“We live in a society that is very much predicated on the idea that you can be a white person, a male, and still be good at this or that,” she added.
“So there’s an implicit bias that people have in their minds that they’re supposed to be the enemy of these groups and to be against them.
And that’s just a very big deal.”
Faludi’s book chronicles the rise and fall of two major culture wars in the U.S., the culture wars of the ’90s and the culture warfare of the current political moment.
Faludi describes the culture-war narrative as a “war of ideas,” in which the goal of the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements is to discredit the very idea of a culture of diversity, while simultaneously defending the status quo that allowed them to thrive.
“You can’t fight an ideology with an ideology,” Faludis said.
“But it can make a difference in terms of what people want to hear.”
The culture war is a particularly dangerous phenomenon because it’s not about whether or not immigrants and minority groups have contributed to the American culture, it’s about whether the cultural establishment is ready to acknowledge them as such.
“It’s about a cultural identity, which is very different from, say, an economic identity,” Falidi said.
Faludidi points to the rise in anti-Semitic incidents as an example of the rise that comes from a lack of understanding of the difference between cultural identity and economic identity.
In this case, Faludidis says, it was white Americans who were taking a stand against the rising anti-Semitism in America, and it was the mainstream media who were making it difficult for people of color to be accepted into the mainstream.
This has led to the erosion of the very concept of the American cultural identity.
“There’s a really insidious way that this whole culture war narrative is used to try to silence these people,” Faluda said.
That is to say, you know, we have this idea that we’re not the ones who have this problem, so we can’t be the ones to solve it.
So you see these people coming out of this bubble of the White House who want to shut down the debate, who want people to be scared to speak out.
And it’s really an argument against people who are trying to make a contribution to this discussion.
It makes a very dangerous statement about people of different backgrounds and identities in the same society who have had to go through some of these same kinds of experiences.
But it also presents a lot of problems.
Faluda explains that a culture war can be more dangerous for minorities than it is for white people because it can actually encourage those people to become more anti-black, anti-Asian, or anti-feminist.
“This is a narrative that really allows the white nationalists to say that you’re doing something wrong,” Falidis said, adding that the idea of white privilege is an idea that is often used by white people to justify their own racism.
Falidi says that the rise, and its impact, has resulted in a backlash that is particularly evident in America’s college campuses.
For example, at the University of Southern California, where Faludi teaches, students who feel marginalized in the academy are often the ones whose opinions are ignored, according to Faludi.
“They’re the ones in the spaces where these ideas that they have been so privileged to hear, they