What the hell is going on with White Women?

How did Donald Trump win White Women Voters?

It’s easy to notice when I’m confused. If you’re observing  me as if I’m Freud’s dog, I display two behaviors. The first behavior I display is showing my teeth without smiling. I’ll bite up on my top teeth, spread my lips apart while simultaneously using the muscle in my face to open my nostrils and pinch the bridge of my nose.

The second behavior is head scratching, followed by pulling at the extra skin on the bottom of my ear.

So yesterday night after the shock of the election result wore off, I began to pack my apartment as the anticipation begins of what day I will be shipped to my Hunger Games District. I started thinking about how I’ll need to get my hands on a pistol after I volunteer as tribute because certainly I’m not equipped to run around a forest with bows and arrows chasing children. Then I started to yank on my year.

While reading articles on how survive the great depression when I stumbled upon voting statics collected by NBC NEWS.  Donald Trump won the election with the voter turnout of rural white men. Yet, he also won white women voters at the polls. Hillary Clinton won women voters overall, 54 percent to Donald Trump’s 42 percent. But not the white ones.

Clinton couldn’t get support from women who look just like her.

Now it’s an appropriate time to confess my identity. I am a mid twenties black man from the city of St. Louis. I was raised by a single mother and I have three brothers and three sisters. We were all raised under the same, Christian household.

2008 was the first year I was eligible to vote and I voted for Barack Obama. I made that decision when I saw his face. His face resembled the face I saw and still see in the mirror.

When I examined Obama, I learned about a successful black man, who preached a Messiah’s message of change. Most importantly I must admit, I examined his face and how it compared to mine.

Since you have kept reading this long, I’ll keep it real with you. There was no way I was not going to vote for Obama. It was my senior year of high school and I was late to school, just like a lot of my other classmates because I had an election to vote in. He won and that night I experienced a euphoria that many other black people experienced. My brothers and I spent the entire night rapping, “My President is Black” lyrics. It was such a good feeling to have someone who looks just like me break the glass ceiling.

I still get goose bumps thinking about it. A man that looks like me became the President of the United States of America.

When I think about Trump becoming President next year I am consumed with fear. The fear of the future and how hard it will be to fight for my causes. The thought of new struggles that have now been bestowed on my demographic because of his ridiculous presidency is frightening.

But I’m still confused. How can white women overwhelming reject the face that looks back at them in the mirror. To reject the image in the mirror is one thing, but to reject it for Trump is mind numbing. I seriously don’t have enough skin on my head and tissue in my ear to scratch and pull on.

Trump has offended Mexicans, Muslims, veterans, disabled people and brown people. Three weeks before the election, he encouraged people on life support to stick around and vote. Apparently it’s more important to the President for people to vote than soak up remaining time with their loved ones.

Women were also targeted in Trump’s vitriol. He insinuated that Megyn Kelly hormones was the reason she challenged him on his long history of misogyny. Trump proposed the myth that a Muslim Gold Star mother was silenced by her husband, who allegedly prevented her from talking about her dead son. He even called his running opponent a  “nasty woman” during the final presidential debate. None of this persuaded white women who supported him overwhelmingly, along with the arsonist from rural county’s at the polls.

Not even the Access Hollywood tape, which featured Trump, who was knowingly being recorded, spewing alarming confessions. No budge from this key demographic.

Trump won 78% of conservative women voters. White women from the ages of 45-64, he won 58%. Protestant white women 64% and white women in general 53%.

Unmoved Masses

Now I’m not going to pretend to understand white women, especially conservative white women. However, I know a little something about how American’s vote.

Americans vote based on:

  1. Appearance
  2. Perception of Shared Cultural Experiences .
  3. Political views.

In that order.

I can’t understand how white women could bring themselves to vote for Trump especially over someone who looks like them.

No one is ever going to convince me that white women are politically  superior voters, who went to the polls and voted for the best candidate.

But first let me take care of some business. If you are a white conservative women who was never going to vote democratic, I’m not talking about you. If you are a women who did not vote for Clinton because of your politics, whatever they are, I support your decision. It was not my ballot and I don’t cast your votes, so I’m good with yall.

What bothers me is the white women who did not vote for Clinton because they just didn’t like her. Or the other white women who didn’t vote for her because she was a woman.

I remember watching an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, where they interviewed a woman who is a truck mechanic (start video at 4 min’s 50 secs). She is a married white women, who lives in a rural area. She said she wouldn’t vote for Clinton because women are too dramatic to be President. She later reports that she has been the victim of sexism from male customers. She is not the only white woman I have heard with this opinion.

One day at the student newspaper I work for I showed a conservative white 20 -year old copy editor, rapper T.I comments on Clinton. According to Vibe magazine, T.I. said.

“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” he said. “Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”

The copy editor response,” Yes I agree with that, women are too emotional. women are crazy man.” You want more.

I wrote an opinion piece on my schools health department giving out free condoms and not free tampons. My editor, then a 20-year old female was reluctant to do a story, no problem. She said she wanted to wait until the issue was relevant. I wrote the story and we get push back because of the way I excoriated the health department. She was mad at me for name calling. By the way, the school gave out tampons after we ran the story, likely because of the popularity of my editorial . That editor is still mad at me because of that.

I got some more for you. Me and my friend attended a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in a downtown square. After we grabbed some beers from a bar, we walked outside toward the parade. We were standing behind a gate where people lined-up, there are tables and chairs outside the bar just behind the gate. I place my beer down on the table and a white man who was leaning on the rail turns around and says,

“Let me move my wife’s purse out the way. Don’t want you to spill something on it. Technically it’s my purse, I paid for it. I payed a lot of money for this purse and I take better care of it.” His wife is white, she is late twenties to early thirties.

I got one more story for you.  I work part -time in the middle of the night. It’s easy work. I have a female co-worker. She is a white and above age 40. She is a mother of two daughters who also works at my place of employment. Tuesday was the first time she had ever voted. She voted for Trump because that’s what her husband instructed her to do.

The last example might be extreme and hopefully rare. A women who was intimidated by her husband and unwilling to lie about what her secret ballot said, that’s a sad story.

It was never going to happen

What I think is messed up is, white women had a chance to live vicariously in Clinton as black American’s and worldwide in Obama, and passed. They passed on the opportunity twice.

I don’t remember during this election cycle, Carly Fiorina receiving the basic instinct support of conservative women. She never had a chance but  unlike Clinton was extremely unknown. Fiorina however, was on that debate stage with Trump and conservative women didn’t turn out to support her.

I watch a lot of “MSNBC’s Morning Joe”. One thing struck  me when Mark Halperin was explaining how the polls missed on Trump’s victory. He said  when the Access Hollywood tapes were released, it didn’t change a single voters mind about Trump. They had already chosen to stop Clinton.

U.S._President_Bill_Clinton,_First_Lady_Hillary_Clinton,_and_White_House_Aide,_Franklin_Urteaga.jpgClinton was always too disconnected from white women. I believe she was shunned by both demographics that she could have been labeled. Single career independents like the New York Times Maureen Dowd, never forgave Clinton for leaving her job as a lawyer to become the first lady of Arkansas.

Career independent white women lashed out at Clinton for chasing a family life. Believing she was pathetic for loving Bill Clinton, a serial cheater and misogynist in his own right. They believed she turned her back on the once promised feminist leader from Wellesley.

Then Clinton was never fully embraced by the woman of Arkansas because she wouldn’t take Bill’s last name. Then Bill’s allegations came out. Hillary stood by Bill and was demonized for it. White mothers in great numbers have disowned Clinton who they see as privileged and tactical.

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That’s where I’m confused. Here is a smart woman who gave up her life to get married to the man she loved. He cheats on her, she stays with him and the public never forgives her. Bill gets elected president twice, she is scorned by the country.

Hillary became an accomplished Senator after her husbands presidency, she worked hard as Secretary of State. After all that she is still shunned by her own community.

For Hillary, this election was all about the emails and distrust. The FBI investigations never once produced any validity to the claim her opponent made about her. Even the Clinton foundation scandal is more rumor that facts. Yet Hillary still lost to a man Tuesday, who is being sued for scamming people on an education.

Clinton is greeted by white women with the scorn of  middle school bathroom gossip walls.It makes no sense, I invite any of you to explain it to me in the comment section below.

Until thin I’ll been learning how to climb trees. #HungerGames2018

 

 

 

American Voter’s need to look in the mirror at Hilary Clinton

 

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Human Waste and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not a reflection of so called “American Values”. He is not a manifestation of core American frustration with congress, or the non-establishment candidate voters have been clamoring for. Trump is the nuclear option, and Hilary Clinton should become the next president. If you have a problem with that, then you the voter or non-voter only have yourself to blame.

Trump is attractive for only a few substantive reasons.

Republicans and Democrats suck. The 112 and 113 Congress earned the distinction as the least productive in U.S. history.  Not to mention the inability for either side to compromise, and pass any meaningful legislation. Both parties are using, what has become tired rhetoric to justify not solving problems. Senator Clinton represents these problems far more then Trump does.

Clinton is being criticized by young conservative voters, for remaining married to former U.S. President Bill Clinton for political reasons. She also uses an accent when she travels through southern states, and she answers questions, in a very phony political way. For example, Clinton gave this answer in Kentucky, as to what role her husband will have in her administration.

“In charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it, especially in places like coal country and inner cities”, Clinton said. It’s not as much the answer but how she delivered it that makes people cringe. Her body language reeks of over political congressman speech, which is followed usually by inaction.

Trumps, says he will deport Mexicans and build walls, and use nuclear weapons. While those ideas are repulsive, they are explicit, and sound nothing like the establishment party ideas. That’s what makes him so attractive, his willingness to be his awful self, unlike Clinton.

The things Trump says matches the actions people want to see.

If a voter is watching cable news, and buys into the constant narrative of terror, Trump makes sense. Everyday, the 24-hour news cycle panics the public which missing planes, and viruses. Not to mention the constant bickering, disguised as debate, between two individuals that make no point. If the TV news wants you to believe that Muslims are coming to kill Americans, and Trump talks about deporting all Muslims, then why wouldn’t people vote for Trump?

Democrats and Republican have allowed their party to be overrun by the 24 hour news media rhetoric. When that happens the party establishment shouldn’t be surprised when a candidate represents those ideas captures the attention of the media, as well as the viewers.

Trump is a nuclear option

The biggest reason voters like Trump is because they want to change the entire system overnight. It’s safe to say, not everyone is thrilled with the two candidates for president, but it’s not the party or the candidates fault. Voters and non-voters have refused to seriously engage in the voting process, on the state and national level. After decades of this process, more and more of the private party candidates have won elections, instead of the people’s choice.

Clinton not Trump is the face of what American voters really desire. For the party to select who they feel is most qualified, so voters don’t have to think at the polls.

If voters really want change, they should wait until 2020, so candidates from different parties can emerge. A Trump presidency will not fix any problems. Voters should look in the mirror, suck it up and get through the next four year.

 

Commentary: Why is it more acceptable to be Sexist then Racist?

 

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Brian Wright

Women’s Tennis Association former director Raymond Moore decided Sunday March 20, was the perfect time to let everyone know that he is an asshole. Moore made controversial comments regarding women’s tennis saying:

“No, I think the WTA – you know, in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, (Laughter because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky.

“If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank god that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have.”

Moore was asked by a reporter would like it if, the WTA could play their own tournaments and not be paired with the men. Moore comments costed him his job, no later than the next day when he resigned.  A good question is why would Moore think it was ever okay to say something so hideous. Do the facts back him up?

According to Daniel Kaplan 2013 article for Sport Business Daily he is right about Association of Tennis Professional  World tour making more than the WTA. In 2012, ATP World tour, revenue jumped 12 percent to $91 million, which figured to a $16 million surplus. WTA on the other hand revenue did increase $100,00 for a overall revenue of $61.4 million, however saw a decrease in the year end surplus for about $3.6 million, a decrease almost 16%.

Sponsorship’s decreased too in 2012,  the WTA fell from $22 million to $26.4 million. However there are a few things to consider.

  1. The WTA pays the ATP: “The WTA pays the ATP via a Shared Services agreement across all of our IT and Live Scoring needs,” said WTA Treasurer Matthew Cenedella via email. “Basically, think of this as the infrastructure costs behind our product.”
  2. Women are treated as inferior to men in the sport. According to data from Nielsen, 3.2 million viewers — 1.4 million of them women — watched the men’s U.S. Open final last year. A total of 1.6 million viewers watched the women’s final, including 719,000 women, although that was televised in mid -afternoon, while the men’s final was during prime time. For all televised professional tennis events last year, the average number of viewers was 681,000, including 361,000 men and 320,000 women.
  3. Sexism: Women are not judged by their abilities but by their looks.  Take for example Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Williams has won 20 Grand Slams and will likely go done as one of the greatest athletes of her generation (see i didn’t say women back to that later), compared to to Sharapova who has won just five grand slams. However, the on course success does not match the off court success. While Williams has made $69.7 million on the court compared to Sharapova $34.9, off the court-  off it Maria Sharapova is nothing short of a money-making machine. She has endorsements with the likes of Porsche, Tag Heuer and Evian. Nike pay her $9 million-a-year to wear half-a-dozen swooshes about her person, while Head hand over $2 million per annul to have their rackets in her hands: that’s twice what Wilson pay Serena Williams.

The big point however, is how the women’s game is perceived or women in general, as separate and inferior. As promised earlier, women have labels placed on them that separate them from men, much like Blacks were segregated in the southern United States, with signs:

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     This sign is illegal today in the U.S.  but in sports women are subjected to the same segregation. 

This may sound petty but, the NBA is not called the Men’s National Basketball Association. But these signs that label to things that are clearly similar as different, and therefore one must be better than the other. However, WNBA and WTA are not seen as offensive. There is an argument however, saying that you cant compare the two because men, have bigger, faster bodies, which makes the game totally different, not the same playing field. Well then why is it that men and women have different categories at the Oscars and Grammy awards. Men are not physical more gifted then women in any way in acting and music, men brains don’t work any faster. So why the different categories, because women are seen as inferior by people in charge such as Moore.

In 2008 the United States elected its first black president Barack Obama. During that run to the White House, many white  people who didn’t agree with Obama was casted as a racist. Some people were and are racist, but most people came to the defense of the President, did so just so they would not be labeled as such. But fewer people are cared of being labeled sexist, such as rapper T.I. who told Vibe:

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“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” he said. “Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally “. Because T.I. knows that strip clubs and porn companies know men don’t make rash decisions.

Donald Trump didn’t hesitate going after Fox’s Megyn Kelly, saying:

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“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Or, Tory councillor John Barnes on why Suella Fernandes lost a bid to become Bexhill’s parliamentary candidate., saying,

“The double whammy of being brown and a woman probably handicaps her still.”

People in a position of power don’t feel pressure to change their attitudes on women or at least STFU! And why should they, Trump still leads the Republican Primary, T.I. still makes plenty of money, and Suella Fernandes lost her campaign. There are not a lot of consequences for being sexist. Mr. Moore did resign but not from his other job as Indian Wells CEO.

What can be done about all of this? The biggest boycott on Planet Earth. There were 7 million more women counted in the U.S. then men in 2010. In the same survey, women accounted for half the population on plant. If not a boycott then something, because lacking consequences has only allowed these types of behavior to continue and their still is not enough people willing to stand up for women’s rights.