I Didn’t March Because I’m an Overwhelmingly Displaced Black Woman
Ezinne Ukoha
50667

I’m weary of the #FakeNews that “53% of white women voted for Trump.”

1) We have the Secret Ballot in the USA, as required by the Constitution.

2) Fully 49% of eligible voters didn’t vote at all. Only 24% total of registered voters supported Trump — representing only 19% of Americans as a whole (e.g. people who are unregistered, children, felons who can’t vote, etc.)

3) The 53% is based on EXIT POLLS. My entire state uses mail-in ballots. Many people around the country used early-voting stations (no exit-poll takers there), mail-in ballots, or simply walked right past exit pollers refusing to speak with them for whatever reason: in a hurry to get back to kids, late for work, shy, resentful of being approached by a stranger on the street, etc.

Furthermore, the idea that the women at #WomensMarch, one day after Trump’s inauguration, included very many women who voted for Trump sounds paranoid to me — even ludicrous. The women I know who were inspired to go to a #WomensMarch were 99.9% opposed to Trump: afraid because of women’s reproductive rights being under attack; disgusted by the RACISM & sexism of Trump & his lily-white, all-male cabinet; horrified about millions of the most vulnerable losing their health coverage; appalled that an admitted, bragging sexual predator was elected; worried about LGB rights being eroded; worried about indigenous lands being destroyed by pipelines & fracking; horrified about the coming environmental devastation, etc. These were not Trump voters & if you see ALL white women through such a lens? I hope you can work through that and get back your ability to see nuance where it exists and allies where you thought you had none.

Show your support

Clapping shows how much you appreciated John Stuart Mill’s story.