AAs a student of American history and a person of color, I never underestimate the burning white rage, anxiety and resentment of a despised Karen. You might think you conquered them with Beyonce, Oprah, chai latte and henna, but the cult of Karen will always look to people of color to defend oppressive systems that ensure they remain influential and powerful servants. of white supremacy. .
Do not believe me ? According to an NBC exit poll, 75% of white women without a college degree voted for Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia, up from 56% for Trump in 2020. The South’s latest incarnation of strategy, which most of its constituents cannot and is not taught in schools, but they are sure it is absolutely terrifying and worth canceling because it makes their kids hate white people and become transgender.
In the good news, 62% of college-educated white women chose Democrat Terry McAuliffe, up from 58% who opted for Biden last year. But overall, a majority of white women, around 57%, opted for Youngkin, a remarkable 15-point variation from 2020, when 50% for Biden and 49% for Trump.
I’m not surprised.
After all, 47% of white women voted for Trump in 2016, compared to 45% for Clinton. It was after he boasted of having grabbed women by the pussy. When I interviewed white women at a Trump rally ahead of the election, almost all of them interpreted her misogyny as a “locker room speech” and gave her a pass, saving their contempt for Hillary Clinton. In 2020, these white women were so disgusted by Trump’s rampant misogyny, cruelty and racism, that even more of them, 53%, went vulgar with many credible sexual assault allegations.
In fact, a number of prominent Republican candidates have recently been accused of sexual abuse, including Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania, whose wife testified that he once strangled her and forced her out of the car and he had ordered an abortion. So far, these ugly and terrifying accusations have not shaken any of them with their base, which largely includes conservative white women. The sad truth is that a majority of white women have voted for Republican candidates since 1952, every time except Lyndon B. Johnson and Clinton’s second term.
It makes sense. They vote for their interests, that is to say, to preserve whiteness at all costs. When things are going well, many white women in this country have historically shunned people of color. Those suburban moms, PTA were “constant gardeners of apartheid” who helped keep Jim Crow alive; they supported white power at the expense of black and brunette women as they marched towards suffrage; and they even came out to derail the equal rights amendment, thanks to advocacy from the late conservative brand Phyllis Schlafly, who argued that (white) women and their (white) families were better in the game. current and unequal system that favored patriarchy and white supremacy.
She was right. Why dismantle a system where you can still be the victim and turn your tears into bullets against black and brown bodies? When doing the right thing means your white son and daughter should compete on a level playing field with children of color in education, sports, and the workplace, and your white husband won’t be one step ahead of promotions professional, higher salaries and bank loans compared to colleagues of color? Why dismantle a system that will protect your white children from having to face the lingering sin and trauma of white supremacy, which includes slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, xenophobia and racist whistles that continue to degrade, humiliate and incarcerate so many people of color?
In this version of America, it’s good to be a white woman. When you go missing or there is a tragic murder, this country mourns you, writes about you and goes out of its way to demand retaliation, but it ignores everything except the black and brunette girls who were equally loved and leave behind them family and friends who yearn for justice, closure and empathy.
These Virginia Karens can now sleep peacefully at night knowing that their cultural warriors will face and annihilate this loathsome and fearsome beast known as CRT. Their children still have to deal with the coronavirus and mass shootings, but at least they might not be traumatized by Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved and other trigger books or discussions that mention the spectacular history of racism in the United States.
Talking about this racism apparently also makes you a racist, as I learned on social media last night from my many GOP-loving fans. They assured me they weren’t racist, as they also elected Tory Winsome Sears as the state’s first woman, black lieutenant governor! You may remember her provocative photo posing with a gun, which is completely normal and means she will be able to shoot the coronavirus and CRT. Republican Jason Miyares, a son of Cuban immigrants, also won the post of attorney general, and he provides additional color coverage to many of those white women and GOP voters who fool themselves into believing they don’t. have “no racist bones in their bodies” because they elected two people of color. Of course, no person of color has ever capitulated for whiteness, adopted racist policies, and echoed racist dog whistles to achieve fame, fortune, or political office. Oh, hello, Candace Owens and Larry Elder! Sorry, I didn’t see you, the ghost of Herman Cain!
I’ll be fair and give credit where it’s due. The cynical, ugly and utterly fabricated fear of the CRT, just like the fear of Sharia law in 2010, has worked wonders. This singular post was associated with the image of a friendly and Trump-lite candidate, who has successfully sold the bullshit that schools turn their kids into radical transgender activists who will kill pronouns and join the Black Panthers.
However, there are positive lessons for Democrats moving forward towards the 2021 election, and these don’t include blaming progressives or throwing the team under the bus. McAuliffe ran a lazy and uninspiring campaign without eliciting enthusiasm from the Democratic base. He lost this race, and the Democratic establishment is ultimately to blame only him. The CRT-made panic isn’t going to go away, and it will do wonders across the country, especially with white moms, unless Democrats face it head-on. Democrats need to take this seriously and develop a counter message, because ignoring it is not an option.
Democrats must finally stop chasing Amy and Karen and start chasing Stacey: build on women of color and a multicultural coalition that will inspire and bring out voters of color, who are your base and have helped you. liberate from Georgia and Arizona. Watch Boston’s next mayor, Michelle Wu, a progressive Asian American immigrant girl, who has assembled a diverse coalition to win the post of mayor in Boston. Learn from this.
Finally, Democrats can still win over most parents, including enough white women, by endorsing policies that parents like at all levels. This includes paid parental leave, free preschool, and Medicare’s empowerment to negotiate lower drug prices. These “progressive policies” have overwhelming support even among Republican and independent voters, even if they upset a Manchinema. President Biden and a majority of Democrats have a Build Better plan that could make it happen. It would be a winning topic of discussion for the entire party, including Manchinema, until the 2022 and 2024 elections, given that no Republican is backing it.
Democrats might not win the majority of white women, but they haven’t in a while. This ship has sailed. It’s time to woo and win over women of color and a diverse coalition that can save this country from itself and its self-defeating addiction to white supremacy. At the very least, Youngkin can now stop playing soccer with Trump and his MAGA sidekicks and give them a full-throated bear hug while wearing his winter fleece. However, he should reserve the parade for white women who stepped out for whiteness as a Bath and Body Works candle sale.