White people are terrified.
Shaken, panicked, scared beyond our capacity for logical thinking.
We’re so apprehensive, we elected Donald Trump, a reality show clown, to the White House.
Yeah, I know. Hillary Clinton wasn’t exactly inspiring. And the Democrats dropped the ball ignoring the populist mood of the country and the needs of middle class workers.
But 58% of white folks supported Trump. He only got 21% of nonwhite voters. In fact, Whites is the only major group he won – not black people, not Hispanics, not any other race or nationality.
Just white folks.
Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women – and yet 53% of white females voted for him.
Trump is an admitted serial monogamist who cheated on various ex-wives – and yet 65% of white Christians voted for him.
Trump promised to bring back outsourced manufacturing jobs while his own clothing line is foreign made – and yet 67% of white laborers voted for him.
That’s how panic-stricken we, Caucasians, are.
We held our hands over our eyes and ears and loudly proclaimed our loyalty to a charlatan.
Oh, we’ll pay for it. He’ll break campaign promises, disappoint us with retrograde policies and perhaps even hurt the people we love.
But in the meantime, many of us are in denial.
“Let’s give him a chance,” white folks say.
Yet Trump has already appointed a wife-beating, Jew-hating, white supremacist, Stephen Bannon, to be his chief White House strategist.
Just stop, white people. You’re embarrassing yourselves.
So why are we so damn scared?
Yeah, I know. None of us were around for slavery. Many of us weren’t even on the scene for Jim Crow. But all of us have benefited from the society these institutions built up.
The 13th Amendment ended forced bondage except as a punishment for crime. And ever since then our justice system has found ways to unfairly accuse, sentence and enslave black people into the prison industrial complex. We live in the wealthiest country in the world, and much of that wealth is a direct result of laws that raise up white folks and crush black and brown people under our heels.
And we know it.
Don’t give me some story about how you never asked for it. You’ve got it. If you do nothing to fight it, you’re a member in good standing of the white supremacy board of directors.
White folks don’t talk about this stuff. We ignore and deny and whistle past the graves of millions of lynched and murdered people of color. What do you think the fascination is with zombie movies? It’s just another manifestation of white fear – fear that we’ll be overrun by the countless have-nots and devoured.
Few of us have articulated it, but we know our time is running out. The black and brown population is increasing faster than ours. We’re letting in too many dark skinned immigrants and too few light skinned ones. In three short decades, we won’t even be the numerical majority anymore.
Even now our majority is so slim that if just a few of us side with the dark underclass, we can elect a black President – well multiracial but who’s counting?
That infuriated a lot of us. How dare they pretend like THEY can run the country? After Obama, we were rushing to the gun store in our soiled pants afraid that the time for justice had finally come. Black folks were finally going to come for us because of the centuries of oppression.
That’s really the fear. Black people will seek justice.
At best we’ll lose our exalted positions in society. At worst, WE’LL be the ones crushed under the boot. And turnabout will be fair play.
That’s why we elected such an obviously unqualified blowhard as Donald Trump.
We want him to make America great again – and by “great” we know exactly what we mean.
It’s a sad reflection on white society.
We could admit the truth. We could take a deep breath and help our oppressed brothers and sisters take their places as equals among us.
After more than two centuries, we could throw off our denial.
But that’s not what most of us did.
History will judge us harshly for this election. We did nothing to turn back time. We’ve only engaged in a tantrum – this, the last gasp of white supremacy.