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Once Again, Black Women Did The Work White Women Refused To

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There will be plenty of time in the coming days, weeks and months to do a full post-mortem on what just happened last night — exactly how and why every projection was wildly wrong, what could have been done differently, whether or not Mike Pence is a sentient Death Eater, et cetera. There are a lot of assessments that we’re not far enough removed from to truly examine.

One thing is clear, however: this is not on us. And when I say “us” I mean that on multiple levels: Communities of Color, Black People, and ultimately, my fellow Black Women.

The exit polls are in. Despite all of the fair and empirical reservations Black Women had on putting our future in a Clinton presidency for a second time, 91 percent of Black Women with a college degree voted for HRC. Without a college degree? 95% No matter how concerned we were about how vested the Democratic leadership was in tending to our interests and our issues, we fell in line and carried the load that was demanded of us — as we’ve done time and again.

Conversely, the exit numbers on White women? Madame Clinton barely got a majority of college educated women, and was damn near pushed out 2-to-1 to White women without a college degree. When you continue to slice the data around the White Woman’s vote (party fealty, religious evangelism, age, etc), you have no option but to come to the conclusion that Clinton absolutely lost the White Woman block that was assumed to be in the bag.

This bring us to the message we’ve known for quite some time. When forced to choose between race and gender lines, White Women will overwhelmingly pick race, every time. We knew it when Susan B Anthony said “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.” We knew it when a disgruntled White female college student took her case against Affirmative Action all the way to the Supreme freaking Court, even though White Women are empirically the largest beneficiaries from said Affirmative Action.

In many ways, this election was a litmus test. When faced with a choice, where would the debris fall? Black people certainly didn’t underperform at the polls. For all of the paternalistic criticism the Black and POC communities have received over the past few weeks — being told to tell Cousin Pookie to vote and berated on the futility of the 3rd party vote — we showed up at the polls and fell in line for what was perceived to be the greater good, arguably against some of our own interests. Meanwhile 66% of White women voted for racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and all around incompetence.

The verdict is in. No matter what your social media news feeds or your group chats or your brunches may imply, the fact of the matter is we are not nearly progressive as a nation as we purport to be. But that burden is not on us. We as Black people — as Black Women — don’t bear the weight of the loss. If anything, we can breathe easier as the rest of the world is being exposed to what we’ve known for over a century. That White Feminism still rests on the laurels of White Supremacy. And that’s not changing anytime soon.

Shamira Ibrahim

Shamira is a twentysomething New Yorker who likes all things Dipset. You can join her in waxing poetically about chicken, Cam'ron, and gentrification (gotta have some balance) under the influence of varying amounts of brown liquor at her semi-monthly blog, shamspam.tumblr.com

  • Diego Duarte

    I honestly wouldn’t feel upset if men lost the right to vote. Had this election been solely decided by women, or even more so, women of color, all fifty states would’ve gone blue.

    I can almost begin to understand how black women can so perfectly pull out the “annoyed/disappointed/can’t-even” face. When you’re subject to white foolishness this often, opportunities for practicing must be a dime a dozen.

    • HoneyRose

      Most white women voted for Trump.

  • VDUB

    Miss Ann is exactly who she has been since the beginning of time: the absolute worst.

    • Dcetstyle

      Becky gonna Becky…

  • ?? KortAlmighty??

    When you wanna revel in all the tea this piece spilled but you realize that no matter who the onus of responsibility is on ur entire existence is still completely threatened


  • TJ

    Preserving whiteness ABOVE EVERYTHING for the white wominz. Whiteness is clearly more important than what happens with their bodies and pay. I guess they knew all along, they’d be OK no matter who was elected.

    Ugh. Today has been so rough, especially since I had to leave the house for work.

    But you hit it on the nail Shamira: When aren’t Black women saving the MFing day?! It’s so exhausting. I don’t know how I still have edges right now.

    And the 13% of Black men that voted for Trump, per this exit poll, WHAT HAPPEN?! Ugh.

    • justtwo post

      Are you serious? I thought it was 8% wtf?

    • justtwo post

      I just saw it! 4% to 13% black women to black men… This is very similar to the interracial marriage statistic 6% – 14% black women to black men. Yea… we officially have a problem.

      • Wise Old Owl

        She Didn’t Call Black Women Super Predators and her husband, Bubba Clinton did not oversee the mass incarceration of Black Women as he did Black Men. She campaigned extremely hard and with the Mothers of the Movement to ensure Black Women’s support. This is about white females and pseudo Feminist, so relax with the ubiquitous and divisive blame All Brothers Rhetoric…

        • justtwo post

          If you’re a black man, there’s a 13% chance you’re a c00n… That’s pretty high. I have no problem with division if it means separating from those of you who are traitors. Get those numbers down and then talk.

          • Wise Old Owl

            I will not waste my time talking with you, because it is clear that you hate Black Men and and have a problem with Black Men, who marry interracially as well. It seems that you are silent on Sisters, who are Swirling with the enemy, but are not getting wifed up by Master. Moreover, the focus of the piece was white Female and Feminist, who put race over gender, yet you can’t wait to blame Black Men for HRC’s defeat. Maybe, just maybe, a small percentage of Brothers felt that she never truly addressed their concerns or spoke directly to them, versus around and about them. And yes, we have a problem in the Black Community and a social media gender war promoted by pseudo Feminists, who despise and blame Black Men for all the ills in the community and, who place gender before race unlike the white Female Feminist, who voted for Trump.

            • justtwo post

              But you are wasting your time though. Find something else to do.

              • Wise Old Owl

                Sorry, but you don’t control this comment board, so I will do whatever I please to do….

                • justtwo post

                  Okay. So continue wasting your time after saying you will not waste your time talking with me. Do what you please.

            • Duff Soviet Union

              I seriously doubt many white feminists voted for Trump. You do know that the vast majority of women aren’t feminists right?

              • Wise Old Owl

                I do know that you hate Black Men and is obsessed with Black Men, who date white females…right?

    • Duff Soviet Union

      “And the 13% of Black men that voted for Trump, per this exit poll, WHAT HAPPEN?! Ugh.”

      That would be hoteps. Their ideology (nuclear family obsession, homophobia, (straight) man as leader, pro life / anti choice, respectability politics out the wazoo) is pretty much a dead match for conservative white supremacists outside of the whole “we hate black people” thing. These fools don’t want to get off the plantation, they just want access to it through their white girlfriends (yes, these “black nationalists” date outside their race at a massively disproportionate rate).

  • kingpinenut

    usa ain’t shid

    all this work to make whitefolks do right….


  • Jennifer

    *kicks rocks* I have offered no comfort to the distressed white women who have approached me today. No smiles. Not a pat on the shoulder. They should have been calling their friends and cousins and taking care of this. I’m over it.

    • TJ

      Exactly! I really don’t feel bad for them. 1) You let your friends and cousins do this, and 2) Your privilege affords you the comfort of being OK regardless of who wins.

      • Miss QT Pie

        The thing that whiteness does is blind them to the fact that sink or swim, we in the damn boat together. So when/if government assistance gets cut (like republicans always threaten) your cousins in rural Kansas and Oklahona finna be on the streets too. Not just the black lady who lives in your complex. If the ACA gets repealed millions of them won’t have healthcare. They bought into the hype that they won’t be affected. They’ll be affected more.

        • Yahmo Bethere

          They will be living like the least of us…except instead of the crackhouse, the’ll be laying in the front seath with their mouth wide open and Jr. in the car seat sucking on Mt. Dew.

    • Cleojonz

      I told one of my coworkers she didn’t talk to enough of her people when she tried to come at me with the minority vote.

      • Jennifer

        Dang. She couldn’t even wait one day. Can’t we have a 48 hour grace period before the foolishness starts up again?

      • NonyaB?

        Tell her her horrible math skills have nothing to do with you. As I told the wombat quoting rubbish stats (~”but 29% asian +X%black + 37% other voted Trump!”) before I blocked him:
        If US population is ~73% White, 13% Black, 5% Asian, 3% Other and 0.9% Native, then 53% of white women + over 60% white men voting Trump = more than the sum of Trump voters from all other racial groups combined. Which renders the attempt at blaming minority Trumpers nothing more than bullsh*t.

        • Clytemnestra’s Sister

          This election is best described as the year that white people started voting as an ethnic bloc. All the other previous divisions went away.

        • Ava Monique George Stewart

          ?? All. Of. This.

    • Crystal Savage

      They always come to us with problems of their own creation. it’s far easier for them to cry and scream at black people than to confront their aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, friends and coworkers. It’s cowardice plain and simple.

    • kingpinenut

      They walk by like fuggin statues cuz they *know* they fucked themselves

  • Ess Tee

    As per usual, we offered *our* backs for the greater good only to get a swift kick in the azz as we leaned forward.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Why are we expecting anything different than what we’ve been shown throughout history:

    Poor white folk would not work with poor black folk. Especially since poor white folk were given jobs to keep poor black folk in line

    Men got the ability to vote but you never saw Black women and White women working together to get voting rights

    Black women diversity issues are never addressed by White women in leadership positions

    The White LGBT community likes to compare their struggles to the civil rights act but they, White folk, do not incorporate the needs of the Black LGBT community into the national agenda.

    Why would this be any different???

    • Junegirl627

      It’s trickle down equality.

      • kingpinenut

        trikkkle down sans equality

        • MeggieB

          Time for Bacon’s Rebellion part 2 if you ask me.

          • kingpinenut

            I lost you a bacon


          • Yahmo Bethere

            Bacon’s Rebellion 2: Electric Boogaloo, Cured and Smoky

      • Blueberry01

        Or trickle down bullisht, as I like to reference it.

    • Sigma!!!!

  • Junegirl627

    disclaimer: I am not wotepian

    Pay attention to the way Wyte women jumped up and defended Trump after the “grab them by the meow” video came out. They caped for him harder than before the video. Middle american Wyte women made sure to say that they understood that what he meant. They said he was talking about celebrity life. They tried to redefine sexzual assault. Now compare that to the Bill Cosby reaction. Now Think of the Roman Polansky reaction. and the Woody Allen reaction. and compare it to the Nate Parker reaction. The same people who want us to boycott birth of a nation gave Woody Allen a lifetime achievement Oscar.

    Like i said i’m not wotepian. I just no that when it comes to Wyte women they want equality and justice to be given to them by wyte men not at the espense of and especially if it means wyte men will lost and minorities will gain

    • kingpinenut

      Junebug you ain’t neva lied. If I didn’t know any better I’d think them white women *liked* havin they cats punched.

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        I mean…

        • kingpinenut

          I wonder what the Aliens looking at this planet right now are saying ….

          “These so-called humans….. Where is the extra large planetary protection. They done lost what little minds they had.”

      • Crystal Savage

        I am cackling at this!

        • kingpinenut

          I’m trying not to call them crazy….

          #idiocracy #owmywagina

      • Valerie

        “cats punched” LOL

      • Mary Burrell

        “cats punched ” low key cackling ?

        • kingpinenut

          World all upside down

          • Mary Burrell

            I know that is insane

    • mr. steal your costco samples

      ayo they were like THAT IS NORMAL THAT IS HOW REAL MEN TALK

      • Junegirl627

        They will lie cheat and steal to protect their mens

        • LMNOP

          their pu$$y grabbing men…

          But this is all true, I work with two Trump supporting white women and heard them talk about this like that. “Oh, it’s really not that big a deal” “Did you notice how they had to go back years and years to find this?” blah blah blah

      • Well rappers say it

      • Blueberry01


        I’m like HUH?

        • Junegirl627

          I shook my head and said they will spend money on a catcalling video to protest and show the objectification of wyte women by men of color because they shouldn’t have to deal with your flirting but a man that might be the future leader of the nation can brag about grabbing pu$$y and kissing on them and that’s okay.

          • Notorious FWC

            Is it Stockholm syndrome, good ol fashioned racism, or a swirly ice cream cone of both?

            • Junegirl627

              No its none of those. It is simply a case of those feeling a closer kinship to their race and position than to womanhood and humanity.

          • Blueberry01

            SMH. So much truth.

    • Blueberry01

      “They caped for him harder than before the video. Middle american Wyte women made sure to say that they understood that what he meant. They said he was talking about celebrity life. They tried to redefine sexzual assault. Now compare that to the Bill Cosby reaction.”


      “The same people who want us to boycott birth of a nation gave Woody Allen a lifetime achievement Oscar.”


    • blogdiz

      No lies detected here, Also compounding the fact is that America loves to have a black /brown face as the face of its problems, even when the numbers and fact say otherwise . Drugs, Welfare , College Rape , Sexual assault, Misogyny you name it , as for Illegal Immigration note you never hear how many Europeans are working here illegaly ala Melanie (now ) Trump

  • Shitzkin Jones

    Niqqers haven’t done a days work since the abolition. Your reaction to the election results are just a further display of your genetically produced sense of entitlement. TNB is in your DNA.

    • WenzelDashington

      Don’t you have a wall to start building?

      • Junegirl627

        Leave them alone they want to celebrate a donkey chasing a man out of the white house.

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