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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

  • Dougie

    Throughout this whole piece i kept saying OOOUUUUU.

    You’re so dope, Shamira.

  • Hugh Akston

    Well stated

  • Asiyah

    Lots of people love to say (and they may have a point) that 3rd party votes are “protest votes.” I felt that with this election, Trump was the protest vote. And these women who voted for him were protesting change that they believe will put them at a disadvantage. Never underestimate the power of stupid, desperate people.

    • Mary Burrell

      George Carlin had a quote “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” That’s what your post reminds me of.

      • Asiyah

        Oh I forgot about him!

  • Brooke Diane

    Excuse Me? I am both college educated and White and a Women AND I voted for Hilary! Isn’t it This kind of Racism and Shaming what we are trying to move away from? The tone of and implications addressed in this article are just as racist and hate mongering as anything I have heard from Trump supporters. Shame on you. You are better than this. Love one another. Uplift. Connect. Bring a better Future for us ALL.

    • Settle down, Brooke.

      • TheCollinB

        Or #staymad

    • LMNOP

      I think Shamira mentioned about half of women in this particular demographic did.

      You got your sticker, right? You need a cookie too?

      • She was told by Applecare she could say a part

    • PinkRose

      If the stiletto fits……

    • Asiyah

      Brooke, you should be giving this speech to the people who voted for Trump. You’re preaching to the choir here. They’re not the ones who want to love us.

      • Brooke Diane

        The only thing I am hearing here is judgement and hatred towards White women. On top of the fear and shame I am already feeling today now I have to see this too? When is it ever okay to attack any group of people based on race alone? HELLO? I must be taking crazy pills or something..I am sorry, but I do take great offense to the mentality that is being expressed here. Equality and Respect are the fundamentals for a eradicating racism BOTH WAYS.

        • Jennifer

          Chile…

        • Asiyah

          And the White women who voted for Trump aren’t judging and hating us? Stop your liberal BS of equating our expression of genuine grievances with their expression of hatred. Please. If this post didn’t apply to you then it didn’t. I don’t care about your stupid hurt feelings. WAH. Your hurt feelings are not the same as the very real possibility of me being deported or forced to wear an ID card because of my race and religion. Take your stupid speech to your own people. Clean up your own house before coming to mine.

        • TeeChantel

          “When is it ever okay to attack any group of people based on race alone?”
          Since White folks have been doing it for the last 400 hundred years.

        • LMNOP

          If you don’t like it here, that door works both ways!

          Thanks for stopping by!

        • Mary Burrell

          Get out of here and cry your tear somewhere else.

        • EBP

          The judgement is deserved. A majority of our melanin deficient “sisters” voted for Trump because he’s white and that makes them safe to stick with the herd. They live in a world of “it’s not happening to me so why should I care?” It’s white feminism bullshit. If you aren’t one of those women then why are you taking this personally? WE as white women have some fucking work to do. Just cause you and I voted for Hillary doesn’t make us fucking heroes. We have to do more and fight. Sending prayers and and voting isn’t enough. WE have to stand up and fight, be pro-active, get involved, educate those Darth Becky’s and keep doing more and not stand by and expect some sort of pat on the back cause we didn’t vote for Trump.

      • Brooke Diane

        But that is exactly why now, in times of turmoil we must not turn on one another.. can’t you see that this is a divisive article? What purpose does this have besides trying to spread hate. I don’t want my daughter being mistrusted based solely on race. I feel like my heart has been broken for the second time hearing these comments.

        • Asiyah

          You’ll be alright.

          • Brooke Diane

            WTF am I voting for if this is how I will be treated?? Did you ever stop and think about that? This is propagating the problem. Right here. Right Now.

            • Asiyah

              GET. OVER. YOURSELF.

              GET
              OVER
              YOURSELF

              GET OVER YOURSELF! GET OVER YOURSELF! GET OVER YOURSELF!

              YOUR HURT FEELINGS ARE NOT THE SAME AS MY REAL DANGER! GET OVER YOURSELF BROOKE! THIS SH*T AIN’T ABOUT YOU!

            • Jennifer

              You mean – voting for your best interests? Income equality? Affordable health care? Fair employment practices? End of sexual discrimination? IDK, Brooke. That’s for you to decide.

              • blogdiz

                No none of that benefits her clearly she voted to do “you people ” a favor

            • LMNOP

              Nope. And you’re fine. Shoot, I offered you a cookie.

              • TeeChantel

                BOL!

            • Helga G.Pataki

              Brooke welcome to Black women’s reality. What you are describing has been the plight of voting Black women since we got the right to vote. Imagine election after election belonging to a class that has such a strong turnout,and always votes the right way, only to have our issues ignored. To spend countless hours researching candidates and talking to peers about the importance of voting, only to still be cast as a stupid Black woman by the masses.

              Sit in your indignation, stew in it even, because for this one day you have an inkling of the Black American woman’s lived experience. Will you continue to waste time asking us to comfort you?

            • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

              Miss Millie said Dubya Tee Accchhh

        • TeeChantel

          Unfortunately, our daughters will be mistreated and mistrusted based solely on THEIR race. You don’t get to have it both ways. I said I was logging off, but I’m really not feeling this woe-is-me attitude. I’m tired.

          • TheCollinB

            I was just typing this same idea. Black women BEEN getting dumped on and she don’t want her daughter feeling that way? Fuck outta here.

            • TeeChantel

              Right. She can miss me with all that. Just ridiculous.

          • Asiyah

            I swear they got off of being victims. It’s like that’s the only way they get turned on or something. I’m about to have a heart attack. I can’t deal with this stupidity.

            • TeeChantel

              Like, girl. Seriously.

            • esa

              yes, sadly, self victimization requires them to use other people to reinforce their pathologies. it’s the sadistic side of masochism. whew. it’s so manipulative.

          • esa

            she came here to get negative attention to rationalize her guilty conscience.

        • Tambra

          You do not see the irony in that response? You see us and you automatically shield yourself as if we are going to knock you down and do something harmful. We get judge on race ALL the time. WE are not allowed a free pass or a pat on our shoulders. When one of us gets into trouble you go as far back in our past as possible to find an excuse to justify what is meted out , but one of yours, he or she is just a child even if he or she is a friggin geriatric. Welcome to our world.

        • -h.h.h.-

          I feel like my heart has been broken for the second time hearing these comments.

          unfortunately black women have had their hearts broken many a time, and no one was around to assist/protect/promote them.

          so…you gonna get this venting today.

          if you dont like it….well….might wanna come back next week…jezebel’s that way ==>

        • LMNOP

          It’s not divisive. White people fucked this up for everyone. And now everyone is fucked. See that’s unifying, not divisive.

        • TheCollinB
          • Jennifer

            If nothing else, this gave me the biggest laugh I’ve had since last night. Thank you, CollinB.

          • Val

            Kas is going to steal this.

            • Jennifer

              I can’t look away. LOL!

          • blogdiz

            stolen

          • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

            Dirty Elmo

        • LMNOP

          You don’t want your daughter “mistreated” for being white? By “mistreated” you mean suffer the indignity of smart azz comments on blog?? Seriously?!?

          I mean, I don’t want to have to worry about my daughter being mistreated based on her race, like being pulled over and not living to tell the story.

    • -h.h.h.-

      if the pantsuit fits…

      • TheCollinB

        Opt for the knee length dress?

    • Ess Tee

      Wow, Brooke. It’s as though you didn’t even bother to read the exit poll that Shamira linked to. You, college-educated white woman, only made up 51% of HRC’s votes compared to 45% of college-educated white women who voted for Trump.

      On the flip side? Ninety-one percent of college-educated black women voted for HRC while 6% voted for Trump. We, black women who are college educated, outvoted you, white women who are college educated, to the tune of 40 points.

      Carry your indignation to the Abbys and Beckys you no doubt have in your family or who you grab brunch with or who you eat lunch with at work.

      • Asiyah

        Nah she’s too busy crying her stupid tears to practice reading comprehension. I’m done being nice. Cry me a river and drown in it.

        • kingpinenut

          Or let me make the best coffee with them tears

      • Val

        Six percent of college educated Black women voters voted for Trump? Wow, that’s a pretty high percentage considering.

        • Digital_Underground

          I’d guess its the anti-abortion/ religious group.

      • cakes_and_pies
    • Cleojonz

      Wrong. Again I say, we are not making this sh*t up. If YOU did your part this doesn’t apply to you, the people in your family that you work with etc DID NOT. This is talking about them and how they stood for whiteness and not for women.

      How is this racism or shaming stating the facts of what was reflected at the polls that overwhelmingly white women still voted for Trump?

      • esa

        ~ How is this racism or shaming ..

        calling things names is deflection when the truth hurts and your self image is called into question. i generally find people feel “shamed” when they are complicit, and then, as if they cannot stop, they tell on themselves.

    • Helga G.Pataki

      Brooke we are trying to move away from racisim and shaming and yet here you are, shaming a Black woman who used every word of her well written article to point out that in spite of Black women’s efforts to love, uplift,connect and bring a better future for us all by voting for HRC stats show that this is the burden we’ve been carrying most of the weight for progression.

      So please excuse yourself to the crowd that actually could benefit from your little speech.

      • Brooke Diane

        we/you, us/them. divided we stand.

        • Blue Skies Bring Tears

          Brooke, I understand that you feel hurt, but this article is not racist and fear mongering. It tells a gut-wrenching truth. It’s undeniable that white people did this, including white women. I didn’t see it coming, I was wrong. I thought white women would stand against a racist and misogynist horror like Donald Trump, but no.

          A depressing number of them -or rather, us- chose to vote for a fascist. It’s hard to argue with Shamira’s point that white women chose white supremacy over the interests of all women (and all people).

          You personally may not have caused this, but white women in general are responsible. They had the power and the moral duty to stop Trump. We KNOW he’s an unapologetic sexual predator and that he has no respect for women.There is no excuse. Black women did the right thing and we didn’t.

    • lovenyc

      The truth hurts doesn’t it? This is not a platform for you and and your hurt feelings. What should have happened is women like you should have mobilized your family, friends, co-workers and others in your network to vote progressively but that didn’t happened as shown by the stats listed in the link in the article. So please miss me with this directive on what we should do.

    • Ms_Maj

      I’m also white, I also voted HRC (as did all of my friends and family, at least as far as I know) — but you can’t be “racist” against white people. That’s not how it works. This article was not attacking you personally, it’s simply pointing out the fact that more black women showed up to vote for HRC and white women did not. Even if we didn’t personally vote for Trump, the onus is on “us” as a demographic.

      • blogdiz

        thank you

    • Mary Burrell

      Take your kumbayah and kick rocks.

  • Good to see shammgod byke….thought that male b/c piece sent you packing

  • TheUnsungStoryteller

    They like to treat us like we are invisible, but we are the ones that hold this country together.

    • Helga G.Pataki

      say this!

    • Miss QT Pie

      Were always saving them from themselves. We saved them from David Duke twice in the 90s.

  • “That White Feminism still rests on the laurels of White Supremacy. And that’s not changing anytime soon.”

    THIS! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/55f4b3bb7627a7267f53de9a86a5431a74df663d4cdbb40ce09d7a69ffffe1eb.gif

  • Betty’s Babygirl

    In ‘murica a hierarchy exists – wypipo men, wypipo woman, Reslilient Men and Resilient Women. From the moment the first enslaved Resilient Woman hit these shores we’ve held everyone down. We’ve been wet nurses for the mistress of the plantation, we’ve absorbed the abuse from our men as the result of their inability to take it out on the real catalyst of their anger.

    We had the courage to allow the world to see what had been done to our child by insisting on an open casket. We chose to sit in the front of the bus. We’ve taken a small delegation to the Democratic Convention and demanded to be heard. Simultaneously holding down our own household while working taking care of other peoples homes and families. I could go on. During ALL of this wypipo woman were being June Cleaver with the help of a maid.

    It defies logic to believe they have ever had our best interest at heart. Or intended for us to be full members in the feminist movement. We were their inspiration. Once they got their nerves up they struck out on their own. With their own agenda that didn’t include Resilient Women.

  • Excellent piece Shamira. It’s interesting that the zoned junior high school to Trump’s old neighborhood in Queens is named for Susan B. Anthony. But I digress…

    The thing is that a lot of White women are dependent on their men for their living, either because they’re housewives or only work part-time while their husband brings in the big bucks. I also remember the T-Shirts women wore to Trump rallies saying that he could grab them by the nani whenever he wanted. White women want to be complicit in their own $exual assault. That’s on them. They own it.

    • LMNOP

      “the T-Shirts women wore to Trump rallies saying that he could grab them by the nani whenever he wanted.”

      REALLY?!? This was a thing?? What in the entire fuck…

      • Negro Libre
        • LMNOP

          ? wow, that is insane.

          • Jennifer

            Irony of that first woman being that Trump would never touch her with a 10 foot pole.

            • Mr. Mooggyy

              Because she’s a 3! Really though, I’m surprised these women don’t see the irony in that! But….YT folk!

              • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

                Cackles! I was thinking a 1.5. You were being generous.

            • No freekin doubt.

            • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

              That’s what I’m saying

        • FeeFee

          WOOOOW! Insane! He was right, he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Ave. and his supporters would still support him. He tapped into whiterage and took it all the way to the WH.

        • nillalatte

          That’s disgusting.

        • Mary Burrell

          Disgusting ??

        • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

          Well, I guess if it ain’t been grabbed or can’t be located then……

      • Negro Libre beat me to the punch, but yes. It was real. A good number of women didn’t give a f*ck.

      • esa

        i’d love to see a Ven Diagram for white women: Trump voters and 50 Shades of Grey readers.

        • Helga G.Pataki

          so basically a shaded circle?

          • kingpinenut

            Prolly get dakked down from bbc in orgiastic fashion too

            • brothaskeeper

              British Broadcasting Company?

              • kingpinenut

                The sun never sets on the royale empire

              • No…Big Black…and you can guess the rest.

          • Mary Burrell

            I love your screen name I just remembered who Helga G. Pataki was. She was the snarky unibrow girl on Hey Arnold. I loved that cartoon.

          • Bazinga

      • Mary Burrell

        I am blank staring at my iPad screen ???

      • NonyaB?

        Yep, I remember posting the pic NL posted below on a post here. That’s when I realized how deeply Drumf supporters’ brains were broken…

      • Duff Soviet Union

        The irony is that in wearing that shirt they were giving consent. The lack of which was the entire point of the anger at Trump.

    • The irony being, those shirts are suggesting consent

    • Miss QT Pie

      Once you set up systems of oppression, they are pretty much self sustaining. Women buy into and support misogyny all the time. It’s like Malcolm said, who taught you to hate yourself?? The answer is always the same.

    • Mary Burrell

      Damn! White women wearing tee shirts saying Trump could grab their kitty? ???

    • Duff Soviet Union

      Yep, a lot of women just vote for who their partner does.

  • Mr. Mooggyy

    Lets call it what it is! Voters turned out in places Trump needed them to turn out! We give kudos to Becky with the black boyfriend who lives in the heavy democratic suburbs. But Hillary needed Susan the Accountant with her moderate conservative husband to show out in those swing counties. It just didn’t happen!

    Black women show up and show out, even when odds are stacked against them and it’s unpopular. I can’t say the same for White women, sorry!

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