No, I will not apologize for the vulgar heading. What I will do is speak my mind. It’s no secret to many “woke” people that America is racist, sexist and xenophobic. It’s no secret to anyone who has been paying attention that there has been some significant pushback against the Civil Rights movement in the last fifteen years. Think about that timeline. Fifteen years ago, it was 2001. Are you following me? Since 9/11, America’s fear and hate has been amplified. It’s always been there, this is nothing new. But since that pivotal day, that fateful hour, our country has been mired in fear.
And now, the so-called unthinkable has happened. I say so-called because for many people, Donald Trump’s ascent to the highest office in the land was inevitable. Resentment towards the advances PoC and other marginalized groups have made in the last 50 years has ran deep for just as long. Exit polls show that 58% of white people voted for Trump, 49% of white college graduates voted for Trump and 67% of white people without a college degree voted for him. The coup de grâce? 81% of white evangelicals or born again Christians voted for him? So much for the moral majority.
Obviously, more than white people voted for Trump. According to the same exit polls, 8% of black people voted for Trump. Yeah, a whole 8%.
Trump’s victory over Clinton upsets me but it’s not the worst part. The worst part is that Trump won over Clinton not in spite of all the horrible, sexist, misogynist, racist and xenophobic rhetoric he spilled all along the campaign trail; he won because of it. That’s right. People voted for him because he promised to deport Mexican immigrants and ban Muslims from entering the country. People voted for him because he promised to construct a wall separating Mexico from the US (and he even went so far as to say he will make Mexico pay for it). People voted for him because he promised to overturn same-sex marriage and Roe vs. Wade. People voted for him because he “spoke his mind” or “told it like it was.” People voted for Donald John Trump because he promised to return them to their glory days. I’m going to stop avoiding the obvious now. WHITE people voted for him because he promised to preserve their privilege and supremacy, which they fear they’re losing in an ever-changing and ever-increasingly multicultural world. The tragic reality of white privilege is the price, fear.
White people voted for Trump because they’re afraid of losing influence and they tragically believe Donald Trump will bring them back to their glory days. These “glory days” are the days when blacks sat at the back of the bus, women were expected to stay in the bedroom or kitchen, the LGBTQIA were DEEP in the closet and stayed there. You get the gist. Some would argue that most white people who voted for Trump did so because he promised to bring back jobs and shake things up on Capitol Hill. Miss me with that bullshit, please. I will concede that jobs and shaking up the establishment may have been PART of the reason, but everything I already mentioned is a major reason why Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. His appointment of Steve Bannon, ultra right-wing, white supremacist ideologue and executive chairman of Breibart news is more than proof of his intentions. I will not be linking Breibart here. Use Google if you’re interested.
WHITE people voted for him because he promised to preserve their privilege and supremacy, which they fear they’re losing in an ever-changing and ever-increasingly multicultural world. The tragic reality of white privilege is the price, fear.
I will not lie, I am hurt. I am hurt because I thought this country was better than this. I thought we were above electing such a charlatan, a showman, a jester. I thought we were above electing a racist and homophobic sexual predator. But apparently hatred runs deep in this country. For the record, I am not interested in giving those who voted for Trump (and those who did not vote at all) the benefit of the doubt. They do not deserve the benefit of the doubt. They declared under no uncertain terms that they do not care about my welfare or safety or survival. They do not care about the welfare, safety or survival of other marginalized groups. I am not interested in pitying my oppressor, nor am I interested in begging for his concern. Donald Trump was very clear about his intentions. I, for one, take him very seriously. If you do not, then your apathy comes from a place of privilege. As a matter of survival, I must take him seriously.
The worst part is that Trump won over Clinton not in spite of all the horrible, sexist, misogynist, racist and xenophobic rhetoric he spilled all along the campaign trail; he won because of it.
America showed its ass on November 8th and now for the next four years (or shorter if he gets impeached, this guy seems to think he will–lets hope he’s right), we all have to live with the consequences. Thank you, America. Thank you for showing me how fucked up and rotten you can be. Thank you for not holding back your racism because now I know what I’m dealing with–I’ve always known, but this is confirmation beyond belief. There’s a part of me, that furious and devastated part of me that wants to sit back, pour a glass of rum and punch, light a joint and watch your empire burn to ashes and then scream, “I told you so” at the top of my lungs. But the problem with that is I will burn with you. I will not burn, I will stand and fight. And to all those shiny white liberals who want to build bridges and work with him, I will not join you. I will not work with my oppressor. I will oppose him every step of the way.