Election 2016: Don’t Tell Us We Live In A Post-Racial America
Trump’s election-night performance confirms that racism is alive and well in the U.S. of A.
Experts expected Hillary Clinton to steamroll over Donald Trump on Election Day. But to everyone’s shock, that’s not what happened.
In a surprise turnout, Republican voters in hard-hit rust belt states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania came out in droves for the Republican candidate, whom they view as a non-establishment outsider and contender who will return America to its glory days.
What happened? As previously reported in Wear Your Voice, a major part of Trump’s campaign strategy has been to tap into the massive disappointment of American white workers in a way that no other previous presidential candidate in recent years has been able to do.
“It’s clear from the commentary on Trump’s support among white workers that there’s a direct link between his appeal and bombastic language, and the failures and stale rhetoric of establishment Republicans, who “betrayed” them by instigating the rise of deindustrialization and the decline of wages,” Wear Your Voice reported. “However, for white workers, the flip side to this betrayal is not merely to dismantle NAFTA and other legislative insurances of free trade. It’s not just returning the country to an era of protectionism. Flipping the betrayal of the conservative establishment is nothing short of creating a truly white monopoly — an investment in white protectionism.”
Based on the demographic results that have come in so far, it’s clear that our thesis of “white protectionism” was on the mark.
For example, the graph below, posted by USA Today investigative journalist Brad Heath, clearly shows that whites came out to the polls in huge numbers. However, not only did they show up, but voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. Compared to liberal Democrats, who saw an 11 percent drop in white support this year, the number of whites who went to the polls to vote for this year’s Republican candidate increased by 10 percent.
Whitest U.S. counties are voting for Trump by an astonishing and unprecedented margin. pic.twitter.com/0PTbi7DMFt
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) November 9, 2016
Trump has promised to “Make America Great America” and restore “law and order,” both of which are triggering for black Americans and people of color. The situation eerily echoes the rhetoric of former Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, both of whom used similar language to appeal to former Dixiecrats and white segregationists. White nationalists have openly declared their support for the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician, to which Trump offered only modest rebuttals of their approval.
That a white, cis male of this disgusting and reprehensible caliber is poised to take over — or rather recapture — the mantle of the U.S. presidency from the first black president sends a strong signal to our nation and the world that we are not as advanced on issues of racism, sexism and misogyny as we thought, even after eight years of a Barack Obama presidency.
Progressives have been saying for a while, well into Obama’s presidency, that we did ascend into a post-racial society. It took one night for Donald Trump to prove, definitively, that we haven’t.
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