I have a working hypothesis that about 20% of any population are xenophobic, racist, sexist, bigots.
1 in 5 doesn’t seem that many at times, but when you consider the power of 20% of people who think alike to sway an election it can be quite important.
In the USA about 20% (rough number, probably a bit less in reality) of the entire voting population voted for Donald Trump in the presidential primaries, and now Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, and this is clearly causing some flag waving by his supporters and some gagging by his detractors.
In the UK, the Brexit vote was clearly influenced by “the 20%”, and while I don’t believe that anywhere near all the people who voted in either the US or UK are racist, I do expect that every racist who voted, did vote the same way.
The funny thing is that in a democracy, especially one with free speech expectations, being a racist is not illegal, and their particular form of antisocial feeling (like all), must actually be listened to. Sometimes through education some of them may soften their views, but the power of democracy is that everyone counts.
I find racism, sexism, bigotry and Xenophobia in any form abhorrent. It is the feature of humanity I admire the absolute least. And yet it exists, people who vote have these views and as a democrat I am bound to support the winning group in any election.
Maybe we should refer to racist, sexist, bigoted xenophobes as RSBX people, and recognize that they have a right to their lifestyle, even though I personally find it disgusting.
Despite the views of RSBX people, whoever wins a vote gets to lead the charge. Right now that means the UK is leaving the EU, and I now fully support the efforts to make the future as good as possible for all (again this is how a democracy works, you don’t have to like the crowd sourced result, but you have to support making it work as well as possible).
Personally I don’t approve of the RSBX lifestyle, I find their views to be contrary to natural law. But I support their rights to live their lives as they see fit, just as long as what they do doesn’t impact anyone else.