Why Racism Won This Election

Sadly where you live in the Unites States can depend on if you ever experience racism. Obviously what race you are also factors in. For many minorities, racism won this election. For many minorities this election simply showed us how much more work we have in this great country of ours. We all want to sleep with a dream of someone that had a dream. What we woke up to was the reality that it was just a dream… just a dream.

I have lived my life surrounded by racism. As an Asian growing up in the deep south, I had the privilege to experience racism from many different sides and angles. I learned quickly growing up that everyone can be racist. All groups can feel dominate in situations and can take their racial aggression out on people. And some of the most racist actions and words have been flung in my direction by other Asians. That is the sad reality of this world; we can’t even destroy racism within our own races.

Have you ever encountered someone that hears about a racist incident on television or the news and their immediate response is “that doesn’t really happen anymore or that doesn’t happen around here.” The problem is that while people are faced daily with documented proof that racism still exists, still you have your deniers that will spend their last breath saying that racism is really dead. Take for instance the recent examples of “blackface” that have appeared in the news. Every single person that was caught and got in trouble (most were college students) from doing this act ALL SAID “I am not a racist.” They’d go even further and try to defend themselves by saying “ask anyone that knows me… this isn’t who I am.”

The reason racism won this election is because people want to believe so badly it is dead. The television shows us New York City, LA, San Francisco, and other areas of America where multiple cultures get along, thrive, and prosper from their interaction. These images permeate our news networks because someone wants us to believe that we are seeing America in general. It is a lie honestly. Those are the areas of America where racism is being actively combated and acceptance is growing. The issue is that for every area like that, there are hundreds throughout this country that aren’t welcoming to minorities or those of color. Those are the places the cameras should be visiting. Those are the places that keep racism alive.

Do you consider it racist to “not care” about a race you have no interaction with? Many people will automatically say YES and “we should care about everyone!” The fact is that not everyone in this country has contact or interaction with other races on a daily basis and because of that those races become a nonfactor. It seems impossible right? It isn’t. There are many counties, suburbs, and even large portions of states where the population is predominately white. In those areas the people become secluded and that seclusion makes their own ideals seem like a universal thing. When they turn on the television though they see anger, hate, racism, and violence in other cities. They instantly connect those actions with the minorities involved and because of this they form a blanket opinion of race in general. That blanket opinion is that “only those we know matter and they are right here in our town.” Why do you suppose people adopt that attitude?

It is not breeding racism to point out it exists. If anything it helps us to pinpoint where we are failing as a society… and where we need to improve. For such a great nation, and make no mistake I love America, we have some serious work to do to ever get to the point where racism is a bad dream. For now racism exists… it simply presents itself in different forms of obliviousness to the reality around us. Because of that we walk in a dream, it is simply the wrong dream for this nation.

Jason C. Cushman

-Opinionated Man

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111 thoughts on “Why Racism Won This Election

  1. Hi. I read your blog with interest.
    I believe it is human nature to be insensitive and sometimes prejudicial to others. It comes from mankind’s fallen nature – what happened just before we got kicked out of the garden of Eden.

    Being “good” to one another is a conscious choice, made on the part of individuals. Sometimes this “goodness” is also encouraged by the society we live in.

    When “Black Lives Matter”, it implies other lives don’t – indeed, there was actual HATRED towards others by that movement. Incidentally, regarding the election – I don’t have a TV, just a computer. I don’t watch or usually listen to mainstream media. My take on BLM and all this racist stuff is that it was ORIGNIATED by the Democrats. It is the Democrats that started the KKK. It is them who are racist, as they placed so much emphasis on maintaining the ‘black vote’ – which they seemed to think they had bought and paid for by government handouts, subjugating black people to lives of poverty and hopelessness. I am Canadian, but I would have voted for Trump. From my reading and study, I concluded that he, in fact, is for American people, be they black, Asian, Jewish, whatever. They called him racist because he didn’t want unvetted refugees allowed in, who might very well be, and many are, terrorists. That is not racism. He is against terrorists: Radical Islamic Terrorists to be exact. Personally, I am too. Mexicans? Shouldn’t they have to be legal? Is that so radical?

    I am not saying racism doesn’t not exist, any more than prejudice based on sex, religion, financial status or even LOOKS don’t exist! I understand what you mean. Unfortunately, that is LIFE. It is not fair and won’t be. People, without exception, are flawed. God alone is perfect. That is another topic.

    In America (or Canada) the dream of equal opportunity is not to be taken for granted. Sometimes you need to assert yourself, sometimes THAT doesn’t work, you try again. Everybody on the planet has things they have to deal with. Nobody gets a fair shake every time. You deal with it. Do your best. Work to achieve your dreams. You will make it, or the ride will lead elsewhere…somewhere even better.

    Life is a journey. Be your own person. Society may not lead you well. Autonomy is freedom. The democrats had something else in mind…
    Peace, Melody

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  2. I love you dude, but the whole “Racism” thing is overblown. Frankly, I’m tired of being labeled “ists” and isms by social justice types because I don’t hold their worldview.

    Despite the fact that I’m mixed, I still get labeled all sorts of nonsense ranging from sexist misogynist bigot homophobe to xenophobic ableist hater. Whatever, fuck them.

    Me and my wife just moved to Missouri so we didn’t bother to vote, but if we could have, I would have voted for Trump just to spite them.

    Serious question: Why should any of us care about any other race or ethnic group? I know all about the “Diversity is our strength” bs, but that usually means you have to hold the same positions as the people who spout about it.

    (If you are gay and voted for Trump, you’re diverse opinion isn’t welcome in the LGBT community. Happened to several friends of mine. You are welcome, as long as you whistle to their tune. )

    If we can judge people based off identity politics and vote for our particular bloc, like every other fucking “marginalized” group does, then why bother caring about “racism?” I’m aware of the nonsense systematic privilege arguments, but I see no reason to tell the guy from El Salvador that he should accept and be nice toward the guy from Uganda.

    Take a look at China for instance. They don’t allow outsiders in their country for the most part- specifically to become citizens. Why should we not follow their lead? (Especially if you are Han)https://kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/little-trouble-in-big-china/

    All of history is about ethnicities, cultures, and races clashing. I don’t see why that’s going to change just because we’ve convinced ourselves that diversity is a good thing – as long as those diverse people all vote the same way.

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  3. In Charleston South Carolina, I was the most liberal guy in town.

    When I moved to San Francisco I had get over racist assumptions that
    went unchallenged in the segregated city of Charleston.

    As for the election; I’m not convinced Trump won it.

    The dumbest thing we can do is dismiss this man as stupid.

    He doesn’t how to govern but he knows how to play someone who does
    on TV.

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  4. I have the privilege of living as a fairly attractive white female (I recognize this as a privilege that I have not earned.) I grew up living in the hood just outside the projects (my family firmly believes in living within their means,) so I was in fact a minority in my childhood. You would never guess that in observing my interactions, I seem very middle class.
    My upbringing has resulted in my “color blindness.” I think of skin color as so unimportant that I ignore it (generally speaking.) I was literally a suspect in a robbery (I was robbed taking company money to the bank,) because I could not identify the race of the assailant. When relating a funny incident, I was asked about the person’s race and I honestly didn’t know.
    When my son was very young, like 3 or 4, we were at a WIC office and there was an Indian family there (not the native american variety.) My son asked why the little boy was brown. Without skipping a beat I told him that God made people all different colors because it made life a little more interesting.
    I now work with a fellow (who happens to be black) who seems to think it’s impossible. He asked me if black men intimidate me and I told him no, not in general. There are individuals who intimidate me that come in every flavor.
    My experience is that our differences (and they do exist) are only skin deep. We all bleed red and we all have the same basic needs. If you are genuine, people recognize that and a mutual respect can be established. That there are people who are so backwards as to not understand that, it makes me sad. I agree, there is a lot more work to be done!

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  5. Oh, racism is alive and well. I also believe sexism was a factor in the recent election.

    They say racism and sexism had nothing to do with it, that a woman could be elected if it was a different woman than Hillary… but I don’t know. The alternative was so terrible, and it would be easier for me to believe sexism had nothing to do with it if a single woman had ever been elected during the entire past century. I mean, since women got the right to vote.

    Even harder for me to accept is the fact that 53 % of white women voted for Trump. Obviously, I wasn’t one of them.

    But what I’m struggling with now is: what do we do about it? We can’t legislate internal bias or subconscious assumptions. Maybe liberals are better off figuring out what tangible policies would help, then focusing on that? Maybe we focus on the economy and do a better job recruiting the working and middle classes?

    I’m feeling more and more like we need a pragmatic approach.

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  6. This election just made me sad, sad that the president elect created a platform and a following by tapping into peoples ignorance and fear. Every time he spoke, I heard in my head over and over ‘ Let’s isolate. Let’s separate everyone .Let’s sort people out.’ I
    Thank you for your post, Jason.

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  7. I agree with the point you are making here, racism has always been alive and well. But Prior to Trump it was considered unacceptable socially to be a known racist, therefore one must keep their hatred somewhat quiet, Trump has brought out every hateful element in our society. Just today he nominated Sessions, a known racist, prior to that Bannon, also a white supremacist is joining his cabinet in one of the highest positions. Yes, they have always been there, but now they have received a “get out of jail free” card and are can move about the nation with their evil hate rhetoric and perhaps even worse.

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  8. What an excellent, sensitive post, Jason. Racism is the first thing I can think of that I truly wish would die – okay that and mosquitoes (it’s fall, so I’m really just kidding about the mosquitoes). I believe that racism will die; one person, one step at a time. I pray I live to see the time come.

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  9. Wow! The world has a long way to go as far as racism is concern. It won in America and it will win in Europe as well! American elections exposed the mind of the majority which is sad! Thanks for bringing the out. Let’s continue dreaming that someday we will live in a racist free world

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  10. The struggle you faced as a Asian child in the South is so tangible in your words. It is a terrible thing for a child to experience (or an adult for that matter), Yet, your presence probably really helped some of those people learn and grow and change their minds for the better. I see the problem of racism as being largely a problem of isolated homogeneous communities. People that live on the coasts, or big cities, or travel the world gain new perspectives and new understanding. So my idea is this: everyone in Los Angeles and New York City moves to the South and the Midwest. And they teach those people face to face about diversity and understanding. And we open up immigration and let more people in to our wonderful country. And we make college more affordable and make exchange programs more accessible. I know, it’s crazy, but I think it will work.

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  12. Great article Jason. I believe this election brought forth all the individuals who living in their secret chambers of hate. Despite the difference between each of us if we don’t come together and unify to confront racism head-on then this no hope for next generation.

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  13. Wow, Jason!

    Love the way you have been “Venting” lately! Let your “voice be heard, baby!” I feel the same way about how we wish there was NO Racism in our country. Now with this new President Elect? I feel it we will be more divided as a “RACE” as ever. He has no clue how to UNITE this country. We just may have to do it FOR HIM.

    I have a Journal ready and will be keeping track of all that goes on the next 4 years. So when a new President is picked in 2020? And one will be picked NEW, ….. I will publicly share all that went wrong in those 4 years and make the people who VOTED for TRUMP ” eat some CROW.”

    Catherine

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  14. Brilliant post, Jason. It seems to be a pattern in this country that whenever there are great legal and moral gains, there is a backlash (whitelash?), and we take a few steps backward. To blame “the black vote” is ludicrous. Many factors led to a Trump victory; the main ones were anger, racism and apathy to it. And appointing Bannon to a position of such importance does nothing to assuage the fears of those who have been targets of his publicatio. People can deny he is a racist, anti-semite and misogynist until the cows come home, but if you lie with dogs…

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  15. “It is not breeding racism to point out it exists.” I know this is a correct statement. I also know that some racists (seen in the media), have said “Good, Trump is president and we’ll get to say what we want” — referring to racist remarks. It appears to me that this horrible seed is sprouting more than usual.

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  16. Thank you for telling like it is, Jason. As an individual of Asian descent, I have been blessed to have grown up in the richly-diversed city of Los Angeles and rarely experienced outright racism from people. It’s after moving abroad to France (where Asians are an even smaller minority than that it the U.S.) that I finally got my first taste of outright racism, which has at once shocked and really upset me. It scares me to think that when I return home to the U.S. that racism will come about, thanks to our new president; my experiences growing up in a sheltered and tolerant environment will be discredited all because of what our president had to say about minorities. Very depressing, but that’s the truth.

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    • I’m happy to hear that in LA you didn’t experience much racism. I’ve always liked Cali and I know there are racial tensions in places, but there are also places of peace too. I am sorry to hear about France, but I might have expected that from historical reading and their past culture of superiority.

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  17. Jason, while I agree with your premise, I have to (somewhat) disagree with your reasoning, let me explain.

    First, as a theologian I have to be part historian, from that vantage I would like to state that racism is a fairly modern issue (modern being in the last 1,000 years or so). Prior to that most people were more nationalists than racist. Skin color didn’t count nearly as much as country.

    But, to the point. Yes, racism did play a part in the election, but a bigger part than simply white supremacists backing one candidate over another. WS are a small, and diminishing group, and their sway, even in their state elections, not what it once was. The racism I speak of is that of the black population. Political analysts all agree, which is surprising, that Trump won because the black vote simply didn’t exist, not as it was in the last two presidential election, reason? Because neither candidate was black. The black vote didn’t just not turn out, it reverted to the same overall percentages that existed before Obama first ran. Conclusion: since there wasn’t a black candidate running, the black people had no desire to participate in the process. Had they turned out at even 50% of the level they did for Obama, Hillary would have won. The plane truth is, if there isn’t a black candidate running, they (black voters) simply won’t vote. Put another way, they will only vote for a black candidate.

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    • I think people are confusing the point of this post. I’m not saying racism put a president in the White House necessarily. What I’m saying is Racism itself won this election and we are seeing the results of that in the news daily.

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        • No you can’t “easily,” but I attempted to because this is more than just about who is president. This is a reversion of our society and that reversion came when people began to think their exclusive attitudes were still OK. That type of mentality, while prevalent among whites in this nation, is also shared by other races in other nations where they are dominate. I use America only as an example because I can speak to it.

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    • Many black people DID vote, but many people of ALL colors did not vote because this election campaign cycle was so confusing, misleading and divisive. I know there were many who did not vote at all because they felt that although they absolutely knew they could not vote for Trump, they simply could not sort out the sheer mass of the misleading info about Hillary Clinton. The ones who voted for Johnson or Stein may have taken votes away from her, but I applaud them for voting! – I am a woman who has seen sexism and witch hunts before, so I cleared up any remaining questions on HC by doing research on various points brought up. Most people don’t bother with that. She was not a perfect candidate but was by far the best woman candidate that could have been put forth. And thank God she was steely and “cold” as some people complained about – if she had been anything less she would have been steam-rolled up one side and down the other! Instead she won each of the debates. Now about racism:

      Yes it still exists everywhere. I live in San Francisco and I still see it here on the news every night and more so since the election made it more OK in some people’s minds. But I came from the midwest and the prevalence there of people who say they are not racist, yet say and do and joke about racist things – well it’s still very high. One of the hardest things to fight is a racist who doesn’t know he or she is a racist. They like to think of themselves as fair, just people, but the racism is simmering under the surface. When I was in law school many years ago, one of the white guys in my class complained that he hadn’t found an internship or clerkship because “all the minorities are getting the jobs and it’s not fair.” No clearer statement could be made of where his head was at…. I’m a white guy, so my resume should be pushed to the top of the heap! And that attitude simmers under the surface of all sorts of people, I should be given preference because I’m white, or I’m male, or I’m a Christian, etc., etc. It did come out in this election. And now we’ve got a white supremacist regime getting set up in D.C. How cool for all those closet racists who aren’t racist!🙂

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      • According to the voting statistics:

        2016 Black 60.5 %
        2012 Black 93%

        Not everyone who voted for Trump was a racist; not everyone who voted for Hillary was pure and clean.
        Trump said nasty things about women, Bill DID nasty things TO women, and Hillary defended him. Seems the media forgot about those days.

        Clintons are not pure when it comes to racism either, defending Byrd’s ties to the KKK: “He once had an association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected,” former President Bill Clinton.

        No one in politics is everything they portray. I didn’t care for either candidate, and my vote reflected that. I’m sorry he won, I’m glad she lost. Both were the worst possible candidates either party could have put forward. The reason we have them is that both parties have pandered to their extremist members too much. I hope both learned, but I sincerely doubt it. I’m glad Reid is gone, and Pelosi is close behind. Neither knew about bartering. Will be glad when their Rep counterparts leave as well.

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  18. The problem is that there has always been an us/them mentality everywhere in the world. Race has made this attitude more visible and and easily dividable down lines of colour. Even if all the world was one skin colour, people would find other reasons to segregate others. Thoughts go back to an episode involving my father in a bar in Boston where he ran into a spot of trouble because he refused to stand up for the Irish national anthem. Taking it the other way, if aliens landed, all the people of Earth would band together against them. Before we are able to eradicate racism, we must eradicate the us/them attitudes that permeate our world.

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  19. Jason, you make some excellent points but be sure to include those of all races who profit from racism. It is easy to point to those so-called “poverty pimps” who owe their large incomes to preaching division in the black communities but on the flip side of the coin the same is true for the “white supremacists” selling their hatred via websites that push card carrying memberships in the “superior race” along with bumper stickers and tee shirts. Racism exists in every country on the planet and while the venom spewed by racists is, and will remain hurtful, it is a tribute to our general acceptance of diversity here in the US of A that we are able to interact on a daily basis without hurling rocks at one another. In my youth I yearned to move to a place where I looked like everyone else but due to my ancestors acceptance of diversity on more personal levels, that place does not exist. The positive aspect is that I can’t hate anyone without hating some part of myself.

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    • My point though is that there are large portions of this country where people don’t have to interact between races or more rock throwing would occur each day as you referenced. It is a fact people care to ignore here while attempting to see America as such a loving country.

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      • No argument here. Having spent several decades as a road warrior, covering the continental US, I have visited a great many of those places. Xenophobia is not in peril of making the endangered species list any time soon. Ignorance engenders fear and fear leads to animosity. Personally i worry only about things that I can change. If I have no power over a situation then my options are limited to two, either to embrace it or to avoid it. I realize that you have a unique perspective as an Asian raised in a lily white world and I respect your opinion on those matters that have formed your frame of reference.

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  20. Thank you Jason for your view on what the election results in the States actually mean. Especially to the people on the ground, the minorities. In South Africa we are battling with the same issue wherein one’s privilege context makes one susceptible to a false idea that racism is dead; never mind that the fact that here black people are a majority. This by no way means black people cannot be racist, however we have witnessed racist attacks from White South Africans more than we have from Black South Africans. Racism is a power play of relations; as cautiously as I say since things can be different from context to context. A person cannot be a racist overtly when the scales are tipped against him socially and economically

    What shines through in your writing is the fact that we need to work at obliterating this monster all the time, within our races (even though we may think we are not racist or capable of it as a minority or a majority black or otherwise) as well as in our interracial encounters with each other or the ‘other’. we must remove the curtain of ignorance and see that the fight against racism is a continual one. At the core of all this painful phenomenon called racism is the issue of how people are raised and how their world view is shaped by the communities that rear them henceforth the outlook of those bred in an ‘exclusively particular race communities’ wherein they are blocked from experiencing other races except via media which is also subjective-eclectic anyway.

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    • I’ve been reading what I can find and watching things unfold there. It is almost ironic the mirror struggle on two continents. Perhaps ironic is the wrong word… maybe tragic is better. I wish your people the best, all the people in South Africa.

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  21. Trust me California isn’t thriving with diversity acceptance as you think. I grew up in LA and went to school in south bay (still LA but white and Asian ethnic background). Being told to go back to my country or ask what gang I affiliated with (since I lived at that time in South Central Los Angeles) is not even scraping the depth of racism. Unfortunately it will keep thriving as long as people keep hate and fear in their hearts…

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      • Words always matter. They are like seeds. They don’t always take root but for one person they may make a huge impact or at the very least broaden a narrow mind…well let’s hope so.
        It is an excellent article. And you are correct something bigger needs to happen and soon!

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  22. I was prepared to really rant on you because of the title of this article. However, you took an entirely different and probably true approach. I was going to rant simply because I have been looked down on by many because I chose to vote for Trump over a woman I don’t trust at all and consider more of the trouble than any type of possible solution. I still feel that way. I don’t think I am wrong here. Is Trump the best candidate? No, probably not. However, as always, our elections are not about the best candidates, but about the best of the ones presented. I still believe he will do things that need to be done to get us back on our feet as a nation and as a people (one people). I feel for the minorities as well as the LBGTQ, where I have many wonderful and beautiful friends. I have lost a few, I think, over this election. For that, I am sorry. However, anytime I looked at Secretary Clinton, I worried and worried, as I just could not see anyone except as a person who was a part of the Clinton mess before and does not seem to have learned anything as of yet. I also see her as merely a continuation of the same messes and problems.
    Not wanting to argue, just letting you know my mind here. You are a fantastic person; keep doing what you are doing. Disagreeing on one thing does not mean disagreeing on all – Long live Freedom.
    Scott

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      • I am trying hard not to take “sides”. Most of my speaking and writing has been aimed at our need to work together and to get along. I pray about it. There are so many people on both sides who will NOT listen past their very based beliefs.

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