Opinion: I’m not a bigot. I just don’t care about minorities.
Manny Brown
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This is funny. Well done. There are millions of Americans thinking in exactly this vein right now…

But not 50 million.

Among the total voter base for Trump, there are certainly a frightening number of complicit bigots and outright racists. But your post depicts the average white Trump voter as someone totally oblivious to, or else lying to themselves about, the racial impact of their vote. I would argue that most people who voted Trump did so with full knowledge of what they were doing, that (for most) it made them a bit sickened to do it, but in the end they felt they had to do it anyway. Because, contrary to everything we hear about “white privilege”, these people did not have the privilege/luxury to vote outside their own interests. This is a group that has felt ignored by politicians and left behind in the economic recovery for the past eight years. They voted for what they thought would be best for them individually, despite all their misgivings about Trump, not because of them.

For many well-heeled white Americans, this was an easy choice: “Trump is a monster (not to mention incredibly unfit to serve as President), I simply can’t vote for him” (for the record, I am in this camp). We have the luxury of voting against our wallet for the sake of the country (and, far more commonly, for the sake of our own conscious… I am in this camp too). For anyone in the group above, however, that approach would continue the status quo that has, in their mind, cost them money and jobs — things they can’t afford to lose anymore of. To ask a fellow American to not be complicit in racism is perfectly reasonable, and in fact a basic qualification of being a citizen. To ask one to put the specific interests of others ahead of their own family’s well-being, and in some cases survival, is another thing entirely.

This piece does a better job of summing up my point: https://extranewsfeed.com/dear-brocialists-youre-not-helping-f2a1b9daddd3#.j27o4adr6

“Raise your hand if you are a good liberal or a good leftist who has nonetheless voted for a Democrat or a Liberal, holding your nose and ignoring their complicity in drone strikes, war, and global capitalism. You probably morally abhor those things, but you like the rest of their platforms or you consider it your moral duty to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Put your hand down. Now you know how so many working class whites voted for Trump, even if they personally found his racist, xenophobic, and sexist rhetoric appalling.”

Also — can we stop pretending this is a whites vs. everyone else problem? Sure, the “POC only” electoral map came up all blue. But by that same exit poll data, roughly 30% of both Hispanics and Asians voted Trump. Where is the satirical post for the… racist Mexican? The bigoted Korean? If this was as about race as everyone wants it to be, then why didn’t these voters get the message? (Note: Obviously the bulk of the Trump vote lies with the whites, but even a marginal shift of Latino/a support to Clinton in Florida would’ve secured her its 29 electoral votes — the exact difference of the election).

In any event, I did enjoy your piece, as that type of ignorance surely is prevalent among the electorate and deserves being called out. But this bizarre and horrifying election was the result of a great many factors — focus in too hard on one, like racial bias, and you miss the larger story; one that, if told fully, can help us correct the mistakes we made to get here. To this place. Where a reality TV star with literally zero experience resembling anything close to public service or exemplary leadership has risen to the highest office known to man, once held by the likes of Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt. God help us.

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