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In the USA, it seems increasingly like the Republican Party is becoming the "White Party" and becoming a vehicle for soft White nationalism, or at least White grievance politics, while the Democrats are becoming the non-White party and champions of minority rights. Something very similar is happening in England, where the Tories increasingly have a huge share of the White vote and Labour an overwhelming share of the non-White vote (and I mean England, as opposed to the UK - Scotland and Wales are monocultural, White nations, while Northern Ireland of course has its own ethnic - but not racial - based politics). Another obvious example is South Africa, where the Democratic Alliance is basically the "White party", with some outreach to a proportionately small number of liberal-minded Black voters, while a huge plurality of Black voters vote ANC or EFF. I believe there is a similar phenomenon in India with the BJP/Congress cleavage, although I'm no expert.

Some people (particularly those who are sceptical about multiracialism and demographic change) posit that multi or bi-cultural societies inevitably see this coalescing of ethnic identities around parties. Are there examples of multiracial societies which don't have this kind of ethnic-based identity politics? Where parties have genuine appeal across ethnic divides?

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    TBH there is no such thing as a white or colored party. Take Candance Owens for example, she's black and highly republican and a lot of other "minorities" do also vote republican because it's in their best interests. (A lot of legal immigrants for example are anti illegal immigration). It is often the left parties that claim to be the minority party so they can portray their opposition as racist villain's.
    – A.bakker
    Oct 15 '20 at 19:58
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    @A.bakker I agree painting the Republican and Democratic parties as the White/Nonwhite parties is vastly oversimplifying matters. But you can't ignore the very real differences in party affiliation by race - some 80% of black registered voters lean Democrat, compared to 8% that lean Republican. About 40% of registered voters who lean Democrat are nonwhite, compared to 17% among those who lean Republican (29% are nonwhite overall). Clearly, race and party politics are very strongly linked in the US, and the parties do not have uniform appeal across different segments of the population. Oct 15 '20 at 20:27
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    @A.bakker I agree. But your response highlights that it's still a White populist party, just one which attracts the interests of enough minority people whose interests align with that White populism. Oct 16 '20 at 12:51
  • There is at least one obvious lurking variable in this question of the link between race and political affiliation: wealth. Also afaik there's no such ethnic-based party politics in Germany, France or Canada for example.
    – Erwan
    Oct 24 '20 at 18:48
  • @Erwan really? This is the France where Marine Le Pen reached the second round? Oct 24 '20 at 23:03

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