The Real America.
Source: Thanksgiving 2016
White women voted for Donald J. Trump at a rate of 53%. Trump already stated he and his VP Mike Pence are planning to wage a war on Roe v. Wade, and turn the clock back on women’s reproductive rights. They also plan to turn the clock back on racial progress.
Once again, as African Americans have stated, white Americans show their true colors. When Barack Obama was elected, many thought racism was over in America. But, Obama’s presidency brought the dormant racists out of of the woodwork, beginning with the increase in white nationalists organizations, increase in gun sales, the Tea Party, and subsequent Birther Movement, of which Trump takes credit.
Obama’s presidency was the THIRD of three big strikes against white America (the first was the slavery abolishment, the second was the Civil Rights Act). His presidency was a visible showcase that white supremacy was coming to an end, and whites in America responded with what Van Jones called a ‘whitelash.’
White America voted in a candidate that represented white male privilege at its finest; a candidate who is a know-nothing reality show clown, but who promised to return America to ‘white-as-default’ by putting minorities and women back into their place.
This election of Donald J. Trump is confirmation that African Americans are right. White Americans do not want equality, because when they understand that equality means that nonwhites can also become president, and will want to sit in the driver’s seat, then it’s too much.They are fine with nonwhites as long they ‘know their place.’
Trump has threatened to wage a war against blacks (law & order candidate), turn back women’s reproductive rights, which allowed many women to venture out into the workplace, after no longer being tied down by pregnancy and children. He has threatened to block/deport and ban undesirable immigrants (Muslims, Mexicans). These are the reasons they voted for hiM, so he can revert America to 1950s-1960s level of white male supremacy and privilege.
Trump and the GOP, which now control both the Senate and the Congress, and maybe also the Supreme Court, are literally threatening to wipe out the legacy of America’s first black president. They have already said their first priority is to override the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare).
The pros of his election is this. Now the world sees once and for all that America IS a racist country. It has sealed its fate. Sure, the racists might still be fighting a losing battle against the inevitable. Nonetheless, I hope this will at last spell the end of the American Empire, and I hope Trump buries it into the ground with cherry on top, and it will be a deserving and sweet victory.
By now, many have heard of the situation surrounding SNL cast-member, comedienne, Leslie Jones. Jones’s troubles started with the July 2016 release of the all-female remake of Ghostbusters. Though she’s not the first female to be hacked, or have nude photos leaked, Jones’ case underscores or highlights what many black female bloggers have dubbed, misogynoiry (misogyny + noir) or the hatred or abuse/harassment of black women.
Attacking black women isn’t new, nor will it go away, but as The Establishment writer, Talynn Kel highlighted in her article on Jones’ case–black women are the least defended group, and are therefore deemed safe targets for trolls. The dating site experiences of black women, along with Psychology Today’s article: Why are black women ugly, both drive the point home: the world wide web is a scary place for black women.
With the rise of black women–the most educated group in America–and women in general, white men have become defiant in their opposition to sharing power, which they see as a zero-sum effect.The Ghostbusters remake was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as it resulted in an active campaign to destroy the film.
A similar curated movement originated in the science fiction writing community, wherein a group calling themselves the Sadpuppies (comprised entirely of white males) led campaigns (2015/16) to flood out Hugo-nominated novels written by POC authors. They too have anointed a villain for their attacks: black female SF writer, NK Jemisin, one of the most outspoken critics of them.
Jones has sadly found herself the center of these troll movements. Like Jemisin, Jones represent what white males oppose the most (POCs and women). Like Serena Williams before her, Jones does not fit into the feminine ideal set by white males. Like Serena, she’s physically big, dark-skinned, and in Jones case, she’s pushing 50. By all means, these traits should render Jones’ a non-factor in Hollywood. Yet, despite being a dark-skinned older black woman, Jones is successful.
Serena Williams has been dealing with similar attacks on her personhood/womanhood, and her crime appears to be winning–at the expense of skinnier, younger, whiter women. Indian Wells CEO, Raymond Moore, defended his sexist comments against female tennis players by saying he found Genie Bouchard and Garbine Muguruza attractive, and believe they could take up the mantle of [generating interest for the WTA] when Serena was no longer there. In another incident, a Russian Tennis coach was fined for calling Serena and her sister, “The Williams Brothers.” And, I have come across more than one photo likening Williams to a simian, similar to the photos likening Jones to Harambe, the popular gorilla killed at the Cincinnati zoo in April 2016.
Some other factors to consider. Jones is the only cast member of Ghostbusters 2016 with an active social media account. Jones is not only on social media, but has embraced it.See her Tweets about the Rio Olympics. Moreover, Jones made the mistake of fighting back, which is a no-no against Trolls. The more one fights back, the more she encourages trolls.
Patriarchy plays a role. One of the “privileges” of patriarchy is female protection. Many women can bank on men to protect/defend them. That is true, except for black women, especially those of a certain hue and age. Sojourner Truth’s Aint I a Woman, too, is a must read for the ways in which black women never benefited from patriarchy.
Jones’ very presence offends her detractors, who believe wholeheartedly that someone who looks like her shouldn’t be successful. For years, they dogged Serena Williams, who, like Jones, has challenged her lesser position in a white male society, and defied the odds.
Numerous studies and daily police shootings, disrespect and brutality towards black bodies confirm that blacks are treated worse than whites. One study shows doctors were less likely to offer pain-relieving medication to blacks than whites--believing that blacks don’t feel pain as much as whites, and doctors show more empathy toward white patients than black ones.
Furthermore, if Alton and Philando were white, they’d be alive. Studies also show police are quicker to shoot black suspects than white ones. Blacks are more likely to be stopped, pulled over, charged and imprisoned than whites who commit the same crimes. Black Lives Matter means blacks don’t feel their lives are valued the same way white lives are.
Saying“All Lives Matter” shows DENIAL of the unequal treatment of blacks, AND other racial minorities like First Nations/Native Americans. Saying “All Lives Matter” is pretending that everyone is EQUAL. Equality exists on paper, but real life treatments of nonwhite groups such as blacks, Indigenous, and non-white Hispanics say otherwise.
Do not condescend to black people by denying the existence of racial disparities and inequality. In an ideal society, all lives do matter, but in THIS REALITY, black lives DO NOT carry the same value as white lives.