For a lot of people of color, this election was really about trying to find the lesser of two evils. America asked us: “How do you prefer your racism — blatant or systemic?” And when we couldn’t answer immediately, white liberals patronizingly walked us through our own history and experiences to guide us to the candidate that best suited their needs. When we still needed time, white liberals got impatient and aggressive. When we begrudgingly muttered #iguessimwithher, white liberals were like, “YAAAAYY!’ and skipped away to campaign. Some took a third-party stance and I’m of the opinion that it was a privileged stance to take, but hey, let’s not pretend that only the third-party votes helped decide this election. Let’s be clear: poor, angry, uneducated white men — and women — helped decide this election. Educated middle class white men and women helped decide this election. Those who exercised that protest vote helped decide this election. And if any of that’s shocking for you, then you weren’t paying attention in Institutionalized Racism 101: divide shared economic interests and offer the poor white man a seat on a bus, a toilet, or a water fountain so he knows he’s not a Negro and he WILL hand you a Presidency. Dr. King already laid that out for us in ’65:
For me, it is that last truth that is the most telling. America isn’t a country now. It’s a mask. A line, a slogan, a pleasant lie that we tell ourselves to hide the searing truth. We are good people, great people, noble people. But you only need to constantly tell yourself you are flawlessly good if you cannot admit that you are human.
Every time you describe someone in your own country as a terrorist, a freedom is taken away from a person in another country. Every country has its own notion of “terrorism”, and the overuse, and reaction to the term in your country helps legitimise the crack-down of restive populations in other countries.