Thursday, November 3, 2016
Trump is White America's Test...And Maybe It's Shame (A Black Man's Opinion)
According to just about every poll in circulation, broken down strictly by race White Americans are the ONE group that Donald Trump wins consistently. He may poll up and down with other groups, but he does not have Hispanics, he does not have Asians, he doesn't have immigrants, and do I even need to mention Blacks where some polls have him at 0%. No, the only group that has been totally in Trump's corner from the beginning are Whites, uneducated White males in particular. Based on polling and simple demographics, for Trump to win he would need more than just the majority of White votes. He would need all of them. If, God forbid, Trump is elected President of the United States less than one week from now, it will be because -- either through the action of voting for him, or their inaction in not voting at all (or for voting third party) -- White America put him there.
As a Black man in America this election will accomplish one of two things for me, and I suspect other minorities as well. It will either reaffirm my faith that the vast majority of White Americans are good and decent folks who are accepting and tolerant of others, or it will confirm every horrible stereotype that Blacks and other minorities believe of them. In putting Donald Trump in the White House, White America will be, in effect, embracing the racist, sexist, xenophobic nativism that he represents. White America will be telling the rest of us that they value their continued dominance in American society over calm reasoned leadership. They'll be telling the rest of us that we are merely obstacles for them to overcome, and that our presence in what they see as their country is not wanted. A Trump victory will tell us in no uncertain terms that the hatred and racism that he cultivates is far greater than many of us realize, and that there are indeed more racist White people in America than there are the rest of us.
Donald Trump will be White America's shame. Not only to the rest of us who live here, but to the rest of the world. November 8th will be the moment for White America to prove once and for all that they're really "not all like that". The rest of us will be watching.