A Letter to the Trump Voters Who Know They’re Racist

You know who you are.

Maybe you don’t admit it out loud. Maybe you’re extra defensive when someone makes the insinuation that you are, in fact, racist. Or maybe you’re out and gleeful about it, checking Breitbart regularly for the next article on the feminist progressive minority agenda that needs squashing. I hear tell we’re trying to bring ‘Happy Holidays’ back.

Frankly, I don’t quite care where you are on the spectrum. You’re at least aware enough to know exactly why you elected the least-prepared, least-inspiring, Putin-backed, sunburned cow’s udder as the next president of the United States.

Really awesome work there, bud.

You are willing to scorch the earth if it means going back in time. You know what other animal might have wanted to do the same?

The dinosaurs. They were at the top of their game, complete dominion and dominance of the earth. And that also did not last. If the dinosaurs had your sentience, they too might have roared into the void at their own obsolescence. Which is what you’re trying to do now.

“No! Not equal rights! NOT EQUAL RIGHTS!” — Alt-right T-rex (Alt-Rex?)

Because let’s look at science and numbers and facts — science and numbers and facts, your good friends who you keep trying to avoid by turning your head and walking briskly towards the closest TV playing Sean Hannity (because he’d never lie to you) — and prove to you just how you’re becoming the obsolete fossil who stood on the wrong side of history that your grandkids are going to read about in history books (e-books, actually, because the future).

I’m sure he just forgot the new term is alt-right.
We’re here. Get used to it or get out of the way.

Not enough to satisfy you? How about thinking about the things that make America great?

  • Albert Einstein was a genius physicist who had moral fiber to boot — one who could develop a weapon of mass destruction and also the clarity of mind on why it should not be used like a toy. Place of origin? Germany. He took his American citizenship test in 1940.
  • Yahoo! was, in its heyday, the search engine. Its founder? Jerry Yang, born in Taiwan and immigrating to the U.S. at 8 years old.
  • AT&T — Alexander Graham Bell (Scotland).
  • Goldman Sachs? Germany immigrant Marcus Goldman. Nordstrom?
  • Nordstrom? John W. Nordstrom came from Sweden with $5 in his pocket and made an empire.

You can’t eradicate us because you are us. Innovation? Hard work? Genius?

America has its genius because it has diversity. How else can you account for the start of our space program? That was German rocket knowhow, American scientists and mathematicians (shout out to Katherine Johnson, a genius and an African-American woman), and grit.

The reason for your obsolescence is actually easy to understand, then. You cannot diversify. You are stuck in your trench, so certain that you know the world order and it is the way the world must be. It’s like putting everything in one stock, so sure it will never fail. Guess what? They do. All the time.

You need others, reader. I need them too. I don’t know how or if I’ll ever get an opportunity to actually talk to you. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to trust you enough to rely on you. But I know that you’re out there. If this election has taught me anything, it’s that you’re still out there, roaring into the void. And you know what?

Now you know I’m out here, too. But I’m not the one facing an extinction event.