Politics

The Frustratingly Simple Reason Why Black People Voted For Trump

Sadly, black people voting for racists is nothing new

Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated
5 min readDec 8, 2020

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Last month, I wrote an article about the Left’s failure to understand Trump’s popularity. While it was generally well-received, some people couldn’t get behind the central premise, namely that Trump’s supporters couldn’t all be dismissed as a bunch of racist, amoral bigots.

It’s not difficult to see where they’re coming from. Trump counts people like David Duke, the Proud Boys, and even the Taliban among his supporters. Trump himself was sued for discriminating against African-American tenants, described Mexicans as criminals and rapists, and was a leading voice in the racist “Birther” movement, which essentially questioned whether a black man should be considered an American at all.

But my argument was never that Trump isn’t racist, or that none of his supporters are racist. My point was claiming that roughly 74 million people who voted for him because they were all racist (for context, only 19 countries have populations that exceed 70 million people) is a gross oversimplification of the reasons people vote the way they do.

This becomes even clearer when you remember that Trump’s popularity amongst people of colour grew in 2020. In…

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Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Race. Politics. Culture. Sometimes other things. Almost always polite. Find more at https://steveqj.substack.com