Dedicated to those who still think racism was born on November 8, 2016 …
Note: I suppose this series will become a quadrennial thing for me. Check out my three posts about the 2016 elections.
Soon after the 2016 elections, I went on record early to cast my doubt on the theory that Russian hackers poisoned defenseless American minds against Hillary Clinton so that Donald Trump can emerge as the elected President.
The base of this wild-azz theory is supported by no facts, but there are social media semantic analyses that prove people maintained their political views and intent — regardless of the politically-biased ads they were served.
I suppose this is why I had a rare, annoying moment when Democrats sacrificed a long-term party engagement and messaging strategy that would have connected the most ignored segments of their assumed support base, and favored a relentless Russian witch hunt with the hope that Trump could be connected with Muscovite backers.
Trump is in our daily lives because of the White Supremacy America has refused to confront since the country’s founding.
African slaves were brought to America to be slaves — literally treated as animals that fit on a balance sheet as capital. They outlived their useful purpose to become free humans who demand equity.
And many White people — then and now — have a problem with acknowledging a society where African descendants are treated equitably.
White Liberals from the “Resist” movement also blamed Clinton’s loss on Bernie Bros — which is another clueless falsehood. Alleged disinterested Black voters were also thrown into the excuse pile.
Nope. It’s White supremacy.
I told you a few days ago that White conscience was on yesterday’s ballot. I had my reasons: White Supremacy.
By the way, pluralization of “reasons” in the previous sentence is highly intentional.
There were no detected Russians in last night’s election.
No Bernie Bros.
No conniving plotters from China. No Iranians.
No woman presented as a Presidential candidate. Dems presented another White man for President as a way to court angry White men away from the MAGA tent.
All of these 2016 claims were rendered valueless with the results of last night’s election results — even without a clear idea of the winner at this point.
The majority of White men (58 percent) and women (55), who respectively make up 32 and 33 percent of all voters, chose Trump to serve another four years.
Blame last night’s election results on White supremacy, and the millions of White people who voted for it — whether or not they own Confederate T-shirts.
Matching his long record of racism, Trump ran two White supremacist-friendly Presidential campaigns that benefited from the toxic bias of state governments.
Like Alabama’s closure of ID-issuing motor vehicle offices in majority-Black counties in 2015, after requiring IDs for Alabamians to vote. On Election Day this year, officials from Mobile Alabama issued provisional ballots to voters whose addresses on their IDs didn’t match the addresses listed on the voter rolls. And in a democratic society that should improve accessibility to voting, the state has 25 percent fewer voting stations than they had in 2010.
White supremacy’s slip was showing when it cancelled the voting rights of American citizens who owed fines in Florida.
Alabama and Florida’s experiences reflect the South’s bend toward voting rights suppression. The Leadership and Human Rights Conference reports the closure of 1,688 voting locations across the 13 US states between 2012 and 2018.
Since 2011, Alabama, Arkansas Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin have passed voter ID laws.
Many of these policy measures — some of which have been cited by courts as discriminatory actions — were enacted after the Supreme Court eviscerated portions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
The biased mass incarceration of African descendants and the revocation of their voting rights are not randomly connected.
It’s White supremacy.
Every vote last night and years prior for a President, Senator, and any state and local politician who enabled these inequities are votes for White supremacy.
But Republicans are not the only people who have supported centuries of White supremacy.
Democrats have also looked the other way and supported political leaders who have been advocates for systems of oppression in healthcare, banking, social determinants of health, gentrification, education, environmental abuses, employment, policing, and many more.
And any postbellum advancements made by marginalized people in this country have been met with discomfort, criticism, and even violence among the many White people who long for the days where White privilege lived unquestioned.
This brings my thoughts back to the election — last night, and the one on November 8, 2016 — and the role MAGA plays.
MAGA represents a way of life that’s been criticized by more morally-driven circles.
It’s a way of life that has existed many years before Donald Trump’s birth. Trump happened to be clever enough to create a brand from this toxic energy he has tapped into.
This way of life found room for slaves; the White terrorism campaign after the American Civil War that you may call Reconstruction; the Labor Riots; mob lynchings; misogyny; exclusion from Roosevelt’s New Deal; Jim Crow; The Tuskegee syphilis study; the Rosewood massacre; Isaac Woodward; Middle East wars; mass incarceration; and other atrocities.
A way of life that will remain years after Trump leaves this planet — unless America confronts White supremacy once and for all.
What’s next, America?
song currently stuck in my head: “summer madness” – khurangbin