On Tuesday 8th November 2016, The United States of America elected Donald Trump to be their next President.
You know this. I know you this. But this terrible fact needs repeating, not because it’s unknown, but because it’s so awful – so mind bogglingly bloody terrible – that it’s totally inconceivable. On Tuesday 8th November 2016, The United States of America elected Donald Trump to be their next President.
Except, the United States of America didn’t do that. The America that elected Donald Trump – and a Republican Senate and House of Representatives to go with with him – was (is, will be) a divided nation. And nothing spells that out more clearly than the demographic breakdown of the vote.
58% of white people who voted, voted for Trump. 58% of white voters looked at their black, Muslim, and Latinx counterparts and actively thought ‘My prosperity is worth more than your life.’
Perhaps more worrying is the fact that 53% of white women voted for Trump. Donald Trump, the man who laughed in the face of survivors; who proudly rejoiced at assaulting us; whose party can’t wait to systematically take away our rights, our dignity, our bodily autonomy.
53% of white women hated black people more than they loved themselves.
And honestly, there’s no excuse.[bctt tweet=”‘53% of white women hated black people more than they loved themselves.'” username=”oawoodward”]
I sit here as a straight, able-bodied, cisgender, middle class, white, British woman – a woman who will survive Trump’s presidency relatively unscathed – and I weep.
I weep for my American sisters whose right to choose will be taken away. I weep for my disabled sisters whose lives will be put at risk. I weep for my Trans sisters whose very existence will be questioned. But most of all I weep for my sisters of colour because we, the white women of the Western world, have thrown you under the bus, yet again.
To all white women – the 53% who voted for Trump, and the 47% who did not, and the thousands more of us watching helplessly around the world, I say this: it’s time to do better.
It’s time to remember that our fight for equality is not just our fight. That our bodies are not the only ones being torn apart by the patriarchy. That our voices are not the most important. That our stories are not the most tragic.
Because white people, listen up. This election is on us. Every time we ignored people of colour, we allowed this to happen. Every time we shouted louder than our Black, Asian, and Latina sisters, we allowed this to happen. Every time we celebrated victories of white women as if they were victories for all women, we allowed this to happen. Every time we ignored racism because it was easier to ignore what does not affect us, we allowed this to happen.
And it’s time to do better.[bctt tweet=”Dear white people: Donald Trump’s victory is on us” username=”oawoodward”]