I don't want to be rude or troll, I sincerely believe what I will reply to your comment
There is a huge fraction of the population (at least in my country,
Let's go with something "new" as example: the fake news issue. In México we had in the recent months a lot of issues with fake news, in politics, violence, clown jokes, etc. People all over the place came telling the terrible things that were happening here and there, only to eventually see that they were fake, so, in the last 3-4 months we passed from 50% of the people believing a lot of fake news, to current maybe 10% of them believing only those fake news that are quite plausible.
Is not that they wanted to be told what to think, they were over confident on the sources, but that changed a lot in very few months, I think that is a probe in favor of most people.
Yes, even in México we have racism, classism, and some other -isms, but by far they are not the majority, you can see a lot of poor/uneducated/whatever-classifier people that actually understand the tricks of politics and economics, and they are pretty conscious on what the real problem is about all the difficulties we are facing, so it is really likely that the last paragraph you wrote will happen a lot in the next months years.