"The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equity but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them."Nicholas Kristoff, When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 3, 10.11.2014
On Tuesday, November 8th, America voted for white supremacy; there is no other truthful way to say it.There are so many "spins" being put on it now by media, by pundits, and by voters themselves. But regardless of how one justifies their vote -- whether using the excuse of lack of jobs, disagreement about TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), not liking or trusting Hillary, or feeling left behind by the economy -- at the core of it they decided that any one or all of those reasons were worth sacrificing the safety and well-being, all the progress made toward first-class citizenship for those who are not white in America.White America -- deliberately and with full knowledge of Trump's racism, misogyny, and Islamphobia (https://www.reddit.com/r/ EnoughTrumpSpam/comments/4r2yxs/a_final_response_to_the_tell_me_why_trump_is/ ) -- chose not a president as much as a Racist-In-Chief. And in that, they are complicit in what is happening now and what is surely to come.
With the election not even two weeks old more than 200 incidents of racial intimidation, assault, and/or violence have occurred, mostly directed toward African Descendants/ African Americans and Immigrants (https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/11/11/over-200-incidents-hateful-harassment-and-intimidation-election-day ).Many African Descendants/African Americans are still experiencing trauma from both the myriad of murders of innocent Black men and women by police as well as from a legal system that does not hold their murderers accountable. We have seen -- even with an Obama presidency -- how state policy has been used in attempts to raise police to a protected citizen class, codifying their actions and the status of innocent Black people as targets. We have seen a national narrative that blames Black people for their own deaths at the hands of police. We have seen the demonization of any movement fighting for the rights of people who are not white. And we have seen all of the above supported by people -- primarily white -- who think of themselves as good, decent people without racial animus. They think of themselves in that way because in our society we are taught to think of those acting out of racial animus as belonging to organized hate-groups such as the Klan instead of organized faith-groups such as Evangelical Christians. As such it is easy for them to deny the devastating impact of their vote on those of us who are not white. But those of us who are not white deny, ignore, or minimize at the peril of our families that 51% of the U.S. population just declared to us that they are okay with whatever policy devastation is wrought on our communities. They just declared to us that they are willing to sacrifice us on the altar of maintaining their economic and social racial privilege.Many of our "white allies" are crying about how devastated they are by the vote or how the vote might have been different with Bernie (who also seemed incapable of incorporating an authentic racial equity lens analysis as he campaigned). However, they don't have to live in our shoes or in our vulnerable positions. I don't want white tears, or white disappointment, or white anger. What I want is white action, and that starts with their reflection on both their depth of understanding (or lack thereof) of the overarching and insidious nature of white supremacy; how they are (actively or passively) complicit; and finally, how they can follow the lead of activists of color in developing strategies to use their privilege and to take actual risks -- participating in one-off protests notwithstanding -- to change it.Black people and Brown people -- cis-gender, SGL (Same Gender Loving), and Trans --are doing our parts. We always do.51% of "good" white people voted for a man formally endorsed by the KKK. That vote supported that man in doing exactly what he is doing now: opening the door and setting the table to "Make AmeriKKKa Great Again" -- an AmeriKKKa where, as Chief Justice Roger B. Taney said in 1857:
"They [Negros] had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect. . ."This is where AmeriKKKa's vote has placed us. And AmeriKKKa bears the responsibility for the racialized impacts with which the rest of us -- and our sons and daughters -- will have to live.