The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the office of president is an unapologetically whitewashed affair. Not only do you have paranoid Trump supporters clinging to their fear and hate, you have paranoid anti-Hillary Clinton progressives clinging to their white privilege and self-entitlement. There comes a point when two self-important, white privilege-wielding groups cease to be enemies and trade talking points.
As the Topeka-Captial Journal notes, bigotry is what sent the “Dixiecrats” fleeing from the Democratic Party into the arms of the forever-changed Republican Party. Bigots have also managed a greater say in the 2016 election than they will ever deserve. However, I am ashamed to say the hysterical babbling isn’t limited to Trump rallies on the far-right.
For the confused, being upset that Hillary Clinton handily beat Bernie Sanders doesn’t make you racist. That would be a stupid accusation to make for obvious reasons. It is racist for a group of self-important angry white progressives to hijack a previously multi-ethnic political conversation and choose to make it entirely about themselves.
We know what to expect from anyone who stubbornly supports Donald Trump at this stage, don’t we? But what should be equally appalling is that certain white progressives were allowed to make the 2016 election about their temper tantrum over Hillary Clinton and not the issues at hand. Issues that, I promise you, extend far beyond whether or not it’s fair that an Independent who ran as a Democrat wasn’t ultimately elected by a party of Democrats.
Remember when people cared about the racist and Islamophobic tone of the Trump campaign? Remember “Black Lives Matters” protesters attempting to force the leading Democratic candidates to take time out of their busy schedules to give two craps about unarmed black Americans being brutally murdered by police?
Probably not if you happen to be an indignant, pseudo-progressive political troll basking in tinfoil hat-friendly conspiracy theories. I’m sorry if I’m getting in the way of your Ivory Tower victimhood, but there are a couple of points I need to make.
First, the white privilege-wielding anti-Hillary Clinton crowd needs to remember this election isn’t about them, it’s about America. According to census statistics published by NBC News, nearly 40 percent of Americans aren’t white. Therefore, it’s time to remember that for a number of us, political concerns extend far beyond the indignity of Bernie Sanders losing the primaries. It’s time to put on your big boy or girl pants and surrender the mic to everyone else.
White progressives talking over non-white Americans because of the condescending belief that “they know what’s best” isn’t helping anyone.
Secondly, there just aren’t enough angry progressives to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. Want to know why? Because the groups that white progressives have eagerly ignored will be fighting for their own best interests in November. NPR reports that Latino immigrants are becoming Americans in droves specifically to vote against Trump. NPR also reports battles being waged across the nation over the suppression of non-white votes.
You can afford to sit there rolling your eyes at Hillary Clinton as the “lesser of two” evils. Yet those of us who aren’t wrapped up in white privilege can see the writing on the wall Donald Trump supporters are trying to build.
We can see that if Donald Trump were to get anywhere near the White House, it would immediately lead to a racist backlash that would physically put our lives in danger. We are already, as reported by the Intercept, experiencing a rise in hate crimes. I am not about to put my life in the line of fire because a bunch of angry white progressives decided to take their ball and go home.
I can wait out four or even eight years of Hillary Clinton. I do not think this country would survive the far-reaching consequences of a single Donald Trump term. And you can forget about Jill Stein. She can’t even get past Gary Johnson, a Libertarian candidate far more likely to spoil the election outcome for Trump than Clinton — especially after this happened.
It’s true some of you would rather see America destroyed than to face the fact that life doesn’t always go your way…but Hillary Clinton is probably going to be the next American president.
Did this article upset you? Well if it makes you feel any better, please know you’re free to return to doing what you’ve done throughout the primaries: Crying about Hillary Clinton while acting as if non-white people and our issues don’t really matter.
You’re also welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section. Believe it or not, I’ll actually hear you instead of speaking over or for you.
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