“they are who we thought they were…” — Dennis Green
“I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” — Abraham Lincoln
Black people voted Democrat in large numbers. Like zombies in ‘The Walking Dead.’ White people voted Republican in large numbers. Like zombies in a George Romero film. The election was predictable. A white candidate played the race card and that candidate won. Any questions.
For a minute, in 2008, an African-American guy, raised by two elderly white people, the son of a white woman, was elected President of the U.S., and we did not vote like this. That guy received an astonishing 69 million votes that day and someone declared the country post-racial. Democrats and Republicans voted for him. (To put that in context, the winner of this past week’s election only received 59 million).
Yet, immediately the Republicans in Congress declared the black man a pariah, worked daily to undermine him, make him fail, and his hopeful agenda, was watered down and mostly derailed. The young man did get a few things done but mostly, he disappointed the hardcore on the left who voted for him, because he could not overcome white supremacy standing in his way at every turn. The disrepect was constant.
Things did not get better quickly, and by 2012, though he had major accomplishments (stabilized the economy, expansion of health care, the death of Osama bin Laden), the black man, who briefly brought the nation close in 2008, lost his mojo.
He had to even endure a vicious, racist and persistent campaign led by the guy who just won the election that he was not American, and that he needed to show his birth certificate proving such. It was the beginning of the end of our silly racial dance.
The black guy won in 2012, but that was only with 65 million votes. Four million people had already jumped off the unity train. He had survived but had no congressional support to help him pass anything of substance. He barely could get his political appointees affirmed or his judges. He was left to pass executive orders, most of which can be and will be overturned soon, as likely will his signature accomplishments. Disrespect was the norm.
America, it is my belief, is a hopeless racist nation. Eventually, it will bring this place down and the country will split or be partitioned in some way if it is not controlled and/or eradicated.
I also am in the camp that shuns the complex chatter about the Democratic candidate being flawed and all sorts of other reasons for her loss. Those ideas are real but mostly, as evidenced by the large number of people, educated white people, who voted for an unqualified person for a pretty big job, that this was a racial vote.
The guy who won the election (I will never, ever call him ‘President’) played the race card when he started the birther movement. He rode that racist horse to power all the way always clever to continue that narrative. That is the story of the election.
Racism in electoral politics in America works. It worked in 1968 and 1972 and in 1980. It worked for in 1988 with the Willie Horton ads. It is America. It is what we are, still today, after all this time.