The Trouble With Black and White
The world as perceived by humans can many times be boundless and intricate. The complexity and infinite possibilities can be difficult for us to discern, thus humans more often than not rely on their mind to create a simplified image of what exists in our reality. Just as our eyes are used to perceive the world around us, human beings apply the same line of reasoning to issues within our society.
In Western Culture, it seems many times that instead of adding nuance to complex social problems, we instead over-simplify and polarize ourselves to different ends of the spectrum. This can be seen in many different issues in modern culture such as the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Perhaps it is because of ignorance of the subject, but often in intricately defined situations such as these, instead of finding a medium that better fits the magnitude of an issue, we subject ourselves to one extreme position.
In many ways, I don’t see how either two candidates were palatable to the voting public. Hillary’s actions have often been controversial, as with her peculiar fondness for Wall Street, and her political stances having less plot congruence than the Alien trilogy. Donald Trump, although I wouldn’t make him out to be the super villain others purport him as,he seems to be the embodiment of a South Park sketch gone awry with both limited political (or general) knowledge and scatter-brained stances fluffed up with boisterous theatrics.
“Donald J. Trump… the next president of the the United States” — that was definitely nothing I expected to voice aloud, however it seems the liberal public is bewildered by the reality television star’s win over the former shell of a morally compassionate human being known as Hillary Clinton. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not jumping for joy that Donald Trump was elected, but it seems both hypocritical and overblown to be so ardently against a democratic elected. In fewer words than I can summarize, Jon Stewart stated a viewpoint similar to mines on this sudden uproar against both Donald Trump and his supporters.
The Trump Effect, as intriguingly coined by CBS, seems to be a phenomena caused by the tipping point of an overload on both ends of the political and social spectrum. Trump, who in reality seemed distasteful to both liberal and conservatives, was able to surface and rise to supremacy because of his divergence from these inflexible and unyielding norms created by a broken two-party system. The two-party system is a great example of an individuals wish to cling to an ideology rather than thoroughly discuss the issues presented to our community;the balloon has been ready to pop, and Donald Trump represented the last gust of wind needed to sink the ship that kept our false sense of security afloat.
However, ironically, the same pretense that has kept our figurative ship afloat is used again to release cannon fodder on others, such as with the monolithic denouncement of Trump supporters as racist, homophobic, and hateful bigots. Regardless of the long list of information I could provide to not vote for Trump, these short generalizations of often overly complex issues demonstrates how willingly individuals are to fall back into comfortable stances. Rather than these assumptions be logical and deduced from reasoning, they are often used to cheapen an individuals opinion. In this black vs. white nation moderate and logical alternatives have been disbanded for particularly unjustifiable, and strongly misinformed, “for or against” rhetoric.
Such as related by Toure in his book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness, as it related to how to define “blackness”, it is possible that rigid classification (such as the two-party system) is doing more harm than good, and also destroying any nuanced opinions that United States citizens once had.