Busing? Really? She’s winning the battle to lose the war–if she’s still standing for South Carolina after suburban and rural white Iowa and New Hampshire, that is.
That’s what I thought to myself as I watched Kamala Harris tear into Joe Biden for his opposition to federally-mandated busing half a century ago, anyway. No way white liberals will go for that! Has she not been paying attention to what’s going on in New York City?
It looks like I may have been snoozing. The GSS is here to Woke me from my soporific state. Though the survey stopped asking about busing in the mid-nineties, it queried respondents on the subject for more than two decades, and the trendline was towards ever-increasing support among whites. By now, liberal whites may be more supportive of it than non-whites are:
By the nineties, 41% of white liberals said they supported busing. In contrast,29% of white moderates and 23% of white conservatives said the same.
The only reason so many SWPLs send their kids to private schools now is because of the prohibition on sending them to public schools that aren’t nearby. With some much needed logistical support from the state, they’ll gladly send their children on 45-minute commutes to MLK High, where the CAP index is an order of magnitude higher than it is at Christa McAuliffe two blocks down the road!
GSS variables used: BUSING, YEAR, RACE(1)(2-3), POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)