Before I get back to business as usual on this blog—for as Nick Fury once said, “Until such time as the world ends, we will act as if it intends to spin on.”—I wanted to post my thoughts on the presidential election. It hasn’t been easy to articulate my feelings on this matter, however.
When the results first sunk in, I was absolutely furious. I didn’t think that Clinton was a sure thing, but I had grown cautiously optimistic about the decency of my fellow citizens. Thus, the depth of my disgust with, and disappointment in, the American people was positively abyssal. But as the votes have been tallied across the country, the knowledge that Hillary Clinton decisively won the popular vote has helped mitigate my feelings of anger and dismay. It helps to know that inclusivity and love really do outweigh division and hate; it helps to know that, though the next four years are going to be hard, a solid majority of people are good.
That said, there are a few specific points I want to make.
- This election demonstrates why we still need (intersectional) feminism. One of the big news items to come out of this election was that a majority of white women voted for Trump. Of course, white women have traditionally favored the Republican party, but the fact that they supported Trump in the face of such blatant and oppressive misogyny gives an idea of just how integral a feminist worldview is to the maintenance of a free, equal, and rational society. I have endeavored to promote feminism on this blog in the past, and I will continue to do so.
- This election was about white supremacy. No ifs, ands, or buts. There’s been quite a bit of finger-pointing and self-blame over on the left. A favored viewpoint is that progressives ignored the suffering of their working class brethren to their peril, but that is—in my opinion—largely a bunch of hooey. The trends that drove this election were not just about anger but specifically about white anger. An overwhelming number of white people voted for Trump. Everyone else voted for Clinton. That distinction cannot be ignored. Trump won because he tapped into his most fervent voters common desire to reaffirm white supremacy at the expense of all other considerations. Of course, this is not the cut-and-dried case for all Trump voters. Many did vote for him out of a genuine (and not illegitimate) sense of dissatisfaction with the system, but in order to do so they had to actively undermine the rights and safety of everyone else.
- Stop telling the people who are upset about Trump’s victory to get over it. I’ve been seeing a lot of people suggest that those who are protesting the election of Trump need to calm down, wait and see what he’s going to do, and work to bring unity to the country. And I say to these people: it is not the responsibility of people on the left to reach across the aisle and bring unity to the country. That’s the responsibility of people on the right. When you voted for Trump, you effectively cast a vote for racism, misogyny, and homophobia (among many other unsavory things), and if you don’t want to be written off as a deplorable then you need to step up and demand that Trump repudiate his campaign rhetoric. Until that happens, I ain’t reaching across shit.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
Expect the blog to return to form as the month progresses.