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Ross: We finally have some data on what motivated the Jan. 6 mob

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

A political science professor at the University of Chicago named Robert Pape ran the data on the 377 people who’ve been arrested or charged for being in the mob on January 6 – hoping to discover what motivated them.

And he was surprised. He did NOT find a lot of members of the Proud Boys or militia groups. What he found was a lot of people from BLUE counties. Places that voted for Biden.

All 36 of the suspects from Texas came from 17 suburban counties that had a specific characteristic in common: All had lost white population over the past five years.

Of the 27 people arrested from New York, almost all came from blue counties around New York City – where the white population has also been declining. And the theory is that as more and more minorities moved to these suburbs, it has spooked white people into believing they were slowly being replaced – and some of them were spooked enough to try to sabotage the Constitution.

Now, 377 people is a small sample.

But I think we all agree there are white people who feel like strangers in their own town. They see themselves as surrounded by woke lefties, six different genders, and an elite that automatically labels them racist. And they hate it.

I imagine they feel a lot like the native Americans a few hundred years ago felt – as they were slowly surrounded by European settlers.

And, of course, the government’s response to that was to move the natives out. Sometimes brutally.

I don’t suggest we should do that now. But if there are people who are upset enough with the color of their neighbors to overthrow an election, … it’s time to acknowledge their claustrophobia is real, and to help them move if they want to.

I know it sounds like giving up … but I don’t think more diversity training is going to work.

Let people pick a location whose racial makeup they’re more comfortable with and provide relocation assistance. All voluntary.

It could be part of the infrastructure package – a generous one-time relocation grant to any American who wants to move to a place where they might feel more comfortable, on condition they obey the law, and live in peace until nature takes its course.

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