My last rant about the elections
I want my fellow black people to understand a few things:
1. We are a minority – 13% to be exact. A good number of that percentage can not vote because of felonies.
2. Even if we all had the ability to vote and we all banded together to support our appointed representative, we could not win on our own.
3. Alliances are important. Compromise is important. Above all, being savvy is extremely important.
4. Sexism is a deadting man! It’s appalling.. It really deprives us all of accessing the best talents among the human race.
Politics is not a pursuit of sainthood, which is a horrible parallel if you think of how immoral those pursuing sainthood have been shown to be. The world is never going to be perfect, where oppression and discrimination disappears because of some movement that we start. It is highly important to align ourselves with those who at minimum publicly say they agree with our struggle. Then our job is to put ourselves in positions where we can influence the positions they take in power. Standing on the sideline and refusing to vote, or supporting a candidate who has no real chance of winning and therefore is powerless, or critiquing our allies for their choices and policies from 15-20yrs ago, regardless of the fact that they have renounced those actions and publicly stated that they want to work to reverse the effects of their bad policies from decades ago will not help our cause. You can’t excuse yourself from the process of choosing our leaders then complain about how society disenfranchises us based on race.
It was a disgrace that Hillary Clinton, outside of her qualifications and expertise in governing, lost this election due to innuendo and unproven accusations made to seem true by the media and people’s lack of appetite for details and research. It is a shame that minorities sat out and let her lose. It is a shame that white women in their majority, voted for someone who as it appears on public account, has shown himself to be misogynistic at best and dangerous to women’s health issues at worst regardless of whatever reasoning these women used.
Lastly, it is a shame that in 2016, a woman still has to deal with overt sexism that blatantly denies all the professional hard work invested in a career over decades and lose a job promotion to the most unqualified novice of an opponent because male privilege and authority apparently trumps a woman’s proven skills, professionalism, know-how and experience. Our world has a long way to go in eliminating not just glass ceilings but the most fundamental aspects of what sexism deprives our collective society of. Women, as much as men, have to let go of the sexism that holds professional women back from their rightful places in our workforce or we would continuously deprive ourselves of using the most qualified and talented members of our society to help us inch closer to the ideal of a much more productive and effective society.