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This Election Failed My Daughter

My daughter was born in January of 2009, a week after Barack Obama was sworn into the office of the Presidency. I couldn’t have been happier. Her original due date was January 18, but I wanted SO badly for her to be born after he was inaugurated so that she would be born into a world with a Black person (in this case, man) as president of America. I didn’t know if or how much it would matter, or if he’d even see a second term, all I knew is that I wanted there to be a Black president when my daughter was born.

As luck would have it (though, maybe her mother didn’t feel the same), my daughter, was born on January 27th, 2009, and for the past almost 8 years, all she’s known as a President is Obama. Obviously the post-racial America many hoped for never came to fruition and the country at many times feels further divided than it ever did. But having a Black man in office has, on a psychic level, affected my own household positively. As the days wind down on the most historic presidency to date, I feel in some sense of having taken their time for granted. Either that, or I just wasn’t prepared for how fast the time would fly by. The fact that my daughter will be 8-years-old in January also isn’t lost on me. Her life, to date, has tracked with Obama’s presidency.

I even have a picture of Obama up in my household though not because of some sort of idol worship of 44, but because the picture really is cool as hell. I limited my idols to two Barack and Michelle bobbleheads sitting on my second floor bookshelf.

On this past Tuesday, while a bit nervous, I couldn’t wait to cast my ballot, and for Hillary Clinton. I can’t say that I liked her very much (or any candidate really) but I did like what she represented on a societal and a personal level. And considering the incompetence of the opposition, a symbolic victory would have been just fine. The societal level is obvious: the election of the first woman president would have been another historic event, especially in a world, where patriarchy and sexism run so rampant. So many of us contribute and perpetuate both – and I’m no exception – but I was actually very excited at the prospect of having a woman represent our nation for the first time as its highest elected official.

On a personal level, I REALLY wanted to see a world where (hopefully) for my daughter’s first sixteen years of life, all she would have seen as President were Obama and Hillary Clinton: a Black man and a woman. Two “boxes” (Black and woman) that historically have had the power to hold her back. And yet, here we were, on the brink of a nation that somehow managed to put two separate minority groups into the most powerful position on the planet. Back to back.

I was excited for my daughter as I prepared to take my “I Voted” sticker and hand it to her to show her that with my vote, I was voting her for future and helping break that glass ceiling, effectively telling her there was absolutely NOTHING she couldn’t aspire for and as instead of them being open words, there was some truth to them. The truth would be in the pudding.

And then Tuesday happened. I obviously don’t need to relive that for anybody as I’m aware the pain, disappointment, and despair will carry with many of us for a while. I spent most of yesterday disappointed, texting and emailing friends to check in on them to see how they were doing in light of the results, and processing for myself.

I take my daughter to school every morning. On Wednesday, I picked her up from her mother’s house and when I looked at her, I told her I was “I’m sorry.” And how much I really wanted a world where a woman was President for her. And she told me, “I know, daddy. It’s okay.”

That broke my heart; almost to the point of tears. As I listened to Van Jones dejection on CNN and wonder how we explain this to our kids, my daughter seemed to already know, at 7. I was so excited about what, in my mind at least, a Hillary presidency meant for little girls everywhere that, selfishly, my biggest disappointment was that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to talk about broken glass ceilings with my daughter, even if that ideology is shortsighted in the way that an Obama presidency created a post-racial America.

Knowing the things my daughter will undoubtedly go through in life at the hands of men who don’t even have the wherewithal to know they’re doing it (though some will), knowing what she’ll have to fight for and praying that she doesn’t end up in situations that I’m not even emotionally prepared to think about yet, I felt like this win would enable my daughter to beam with some of that same pride we all did when Obama was elected the first time. It meant something even if it was too soon to know exactly what.

I know that my daughter will do great things and this doesn’t set her back. But I wanted her to know that our country was also ready. And you know what, maybe it is, and Hillary just wasn’t the right person, but we can’t say for sure that we even know. And that’s disappointing.

I wanted to hug my daughter with history on Wednesday morning. Instead, she hugged me with encouragement when I felt like I failed her.

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  • This is too real.

  • black-a-rican

    You didn’t fail your daughter, her fellow Americans did.

  • always right

    having two daughters (6 and 11), i really wanted hillary to win for the same reasons most others who have a brain and realize that trump just wasn’t the right choice. my youngest is at an all girls school and when we were talking about the elections and watching them on tv, my youngest was so excited about a “girl” becoming president. on wednesday morning i was so disappointed and hurt. when i had to tell my daughters it hurt me. my youngest was disappointed and my oldest was disgusted. she couldn’t understand how so many people would choose “a racist sexist man who rapes women” (her words not mine). i was proud of her…she gets it. how can she get it, when so many adults don’t? i have a coworker who is an israeli woman and she fully supports trump. i asked her, so what about your daughter? how can you support a man who has no respect for women? her answer was, well obama’s daughter was twerking and smoking weed. all that to say, you didn’t fail your daughter. my coworker and every woman who supports trump is failing their daughters.

    • Jennifer

      “a racist sexist man who rapes women”

      There’s his business card title right there. The babies are wise.

  • I’m sorry I can’t align myself with teaching my daughter that because Hillary did it..so can she. Hillary doesn’t represent my black daughter in any way… gender be dammed.

    And Hillary not winning isn’t necessarily directly linked to being a woman.. I’m sorry yall…

    Now FLOTUS? Is another story.

    • Annalise Keating

      I think many factors contributed to Hilary’s loss. Gender was likely part of the reason. “White nationalism” another. And the fact that she had a lot of political baggage didn’t help either…

      • KNeale

        I agree with NegraWithTumbao but you’re statement is my feeling as well. A few different factors. racism, receipts and gender are all part of it. Also, I don’t have a child so as far as role model for my children I don’t know. But I never saw her as a role model for me. Her success or failure didn’t and still doesn’t make me reflect on my own opportunities in life because I’m black and l know that being a black woman would provide a unique situation different to that of a white woman. Meaning to say seeing white women get places doesn’t really make me feel any more confident that I can get there. Thats just my personal feeling.

        • Annalise Keating

          “Her success or failure didn’t and still doesn’t make me reflect on my own opportunities in life because I’m black and l know that being a black woman would provide a unique situation different to that of a white woman. Meaning to say seeing white women get places doesn’t really make me feel any more confident that I can get there.”

          YES!!! YES!!!

        • Scorpiogoddess??

          White women ascending is not reflective of our journey. Facts.

      • Asiyah

        That’s another thing that bothers me so much: her political baggage is a legit concern, but if she was a man, it would be less of an issue.

    • panamajackson

      And that’s fair, we all have different views. The larger point for me is just the optics of it anyway, i understand the racial politics of it all. Can’t say my daughter does. For a 7 year old, some of that is pretty cut and dry.

    • cyanic

      Stop disassociating yourself from her because of white supremacist condition and practice and realize that the nastiness towards women is older than racism itself. In fact sexism is the original sin.

      • KNeale

        As far as sexism being the original sin I don’t know about all that. But we can’t just flag history without current context. Nobody is saying sexism is new and nobody is saying sexism is not that big of deal. But I can understand the sentiment that Hilary clinton’s loss is way more complicated than gender in a time where tensions were so heightened around Trump because of his racist comments.

        • cyanic

          The marginalization of women is permanent. As Fran Lebowitz said there are actual differences between men and women unlike the superficial stuff that makes us different racially.

          • I guess getting shot down in the street, walking on a porch or for reaching for your wallet is superficial as fukk. Fran can get the fukk on with that.

            So let me say this…. As a black woman, I can’t recall ever being a victim of sexism by us…. now ask me about racism.

      • That had to be sarcasm.

    • Mary

      WORD!!

  • Annalise Keating

    If I ever had a daughter, I would tell her that she can do anything she puts her mind to even if a model for that did not exist already. Whether or not a female president exists in America or not she would know that she can do it anyway.

    • jman

      THANK YOU!!! i think people are putting too much of their faith and trust in the US, which is at the end of the day, a man made institution. There will always be flaws in it. As a Nigerian, i understand that yes, the US is a great nation, probably even the greatest nation in the world, but as far as it’s man made, it will always have its flaws.

    • panamajackson

      Obviously I do that anyway. There isn’t a single thing that I’d ever tell #YoungPanamontana that she can’t achieve or aspire to. But you can’t deny that seeing somebody in those positions has positive ramifications as well. No decent parent shoots down any of their kids dreams. But even having Obama in office, according to the millions of thinkpieces about why it was so great to have them there, illustrates that a visual representation has positive actualization effects. That’s all I’m getting at, and that’s what I wanted because Trump is a noodle.

    • PinkRose

      I have to agree somewhat with Panama, that SEEING your role model has a tremendous effect, at least it did for me.

      • Annalise Keating

        I completely understand you and Panama’s perspective. But I was raised very differently-not to believe in or have role models.
        I was born and raised here in the US. But my parents are not American. I was raised in a culturally different home than my environment (if that makes sense).
        Most of the folks I lived around and went to school believe in role models and their power and their effect on the youth. So I see your point and think it’s valid. I was just raised differently and have chosen to follow the path my parents taught me because it worked for me.

        • PinkRose

          There’s more than one great way to raise a child for sure! I also think your parents not being American but minority, means they have an entirely different view about things like this because they lack the mental “baggage” minorities in America have had to deal with since the first ship rolled in.

          • Annalise Keating

            Agreed. But they had their own mental baggage too. They did grow up under colonialism.

            • PinkRose

              As I understand colonialism, it didn’t also include a relegation to being 3/5 human or an annihilation of one’s culture.

              Unless I got it wrong which is likely because history is NOT my strong suit!

              • Annalise Keating

                I wasn’t there either. I don’t want to participate in the oppression olympics but yes we’re also classified and treated as “3/5” human. They did describe it as the “dark continent” and Us as “savages/beasts” incapable of ruling ourselves and needing to be tamed.
                Our culture wasn’t completely annihilated but a large chunk of it was destroyed in the process of “taming” and “civilizing” us.
                It’s not fair to compare this to slavery. Both were bad and had long lasting negative effects.

                • PinkRose

                  I’m not comparing to slavery at all because quite frankly, I don’t think there’s anything in human history that’s even close to how bad that was during and for the centuries following it.

                  But if we’re talking about African and/or Caribbean parents, it’s an apples and oranges argument IMHO. THEY have been able to maintain their culture which I think contributes to how they see themselves.

  • PinkRose

    What’s worse for little girls is that we’ve now gone from Michelle Obama, a Harvard educated FLOTUS, to Melania Trump, a non college educated, nipple baring HO’-TUS

    • Annalise Keating

      “Ho-tus”….?????? hilarious!
      As a hotus in training I say don’t hate the playa sis…..?

      • Brass Tacks

        I respect the honesty.

        Be Great!

    • brothaskeeper

      A 360° heaux.

    • mssporadic

      The issue with Melania is not that she doesn’t have a degree or was a nude model. Let’s not fall into that trap. It’s that she is a mail order bride. She is there for show. She does what she’s told and nothing more. That is not someone girls should emulate.

      • PinkRose

        Come on now, ain’t nobody said nuthin’ about EITHER not having a degree OR posing nude, so stop trying to conflate this issue here.

        This spread in GQ magazine in just tacky as h ell for a past, prrsent, or future first lady:
        http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/donald-trump-melania-trump-knauss-first-lady-erections

        Now I know someone who used to be a nude model for art classes for money in college. That $hit Melania did ain’t hardly art.

        • I just cackled!

        • mssporadic

          “Melania Trump, a non college educated, nipple baring HO’-TUS” – I believe you said it right here!

          I’m not saying it isn’t tacky. I just don’t think it should be held against her.

      • Asiyah

        I don’t even have a problem with the mail order bride thing lol then again I’m a little cooky lol

        • You can’t be bytching about immigrants… and your wife is a green card Mrs… SON!!

      • Valerie

        This is what disappoints the most.

      • Annalise Keating

        You raise an excellent point. I guess the reason I didn’t think of this initially is because I am a strange kind of feminist-I respect whatever choices women make as long as they are not harming themselves or other people. If you want to be a trophy wife then more power to you. If you want to be the POTUS, then power to you too.
        But in a patriachial society I can see how it is tricky optics to have a trophy wife as FLOTUS…

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Being a nood model IS a problem. A big one. In the political space, let’s keep it one hundid.

        • PinkRose

          But apparently, not if you’re White.

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            Can you imagine if it was Michelle!!!!! Omg.

            • PinkRose

              We ALL know POTUS would NEVA have been POTUS had that been the case!

          • Annalise Keating

            The double standard is irritating for sure. I remember how folks dragged Michelle who is flawless and the same folks aren’t saying anything about Melania.

            • RaeRae

              For showing her arms. ARMS!!!!! Ugh!!!!

        • It shouldn’t be. I’m not exactly a Melania Trump cheerleader, but she hasn’t actively harmed anyone. She’s eye candy for White dudes. I’m not going to go hotep over that.

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            *rolls eyes*.

        • Cleojonz

          Your forget their moral objections only apply to OTHER people. Donald Trump is on wife number three and his 5 children by 3 different women. Where is the morality in that? John McCain dumptrucked his first wife WHILE SHE WAS BATTLING CANCER for his trophy wife Cindy. Not to mention the countless reps found caught with their boy toys while screaming against gay rights. And of course democrats have their fair share of familial scandals but the other side rah rah rahs about morality and then run around like it doesn’t apply to them.

          • And he’s a cheater!

            • Cleojonz

              IKR?!!! Which he pretty much said out loud himself!

        • Yeah, I don’t care if she showed her ayus..She AIN’T NO MICHELLE!

      • panamajackson

        I definitely agree with that. There’s lots of failure all around.

      • Mary

        Also, she knows NOTHING about America except for a fantasy life that only the 1% can live. She doesn’t even represent the average immigrant.
        Ambitious is fine, but selling herselfbfor material goods puts her just a few steps above a prostitute. And yeah having no degree and doing nudies does count for someone in her position. If she were an entertainer that’d be fine, but not for the premier diplomat representing this country.
        Ain’t got no class, ain’t got no conversation and dresses as if she were in a high class booty-club. Shooooot.

    • Scorpiogoddess??

      I was like what is a hotussss?!? Then I seen the H to the O

      • PinkRose

        I put the dash in there so it wouldn’t be so confusing, LOL!!

        • Scorpiogoddess??

          You ma people’s. #pettyaf

          • Val

            Lol

    • NomadaNare

      Is it right to come for Melania like that because her hubby is trash

      She obviously came up under some circumstances and through sheer [insert good quality here] managed to become first lady

      I am not saying shes a role model but it seems pretty harsh regardless of how trashy republicans treated Michelle

      • PinkRose

        I was DONE with her after she plagiarized Michelle’s speech, so shoot me!

        • NomadaNare

          I dont blame you

          She did try it

        • ak1991200

          at least she stole from a good someone. *shrug*

      • YoNastyBunny

        She didn’t do anything to become FLOTUS, her husband was elected. She wasn’t even nearly as active and visible on the campaign trail as was Michelle. And I think that was intentional on the campaign’s part to avoid certain “liabilities”. I wouldn’t even be surprised if she was hoping/expecting Donald to lose, so she could go back to her normal life of whatever 3rd Trophy Wives do with their time.

        • Epsilonicus

          No one really does anything to become FLOTUS though. Its kind of luck of the draw that you marry the right person.

          • Right

          • Mary

            But these men were politicians before they marri d and knew they had to marry a woman who was done with the program and would be an asset with all that networking. Even in the past when women were not as out front as Hillary or Michelle, they were public servants and actively contributed to representing the president, hosting foreign dignitaries and giving back to the country in some way.
            At least during my lifetime it’s been that way.

            Mail order Melania Trumpette ain’t too interested in all that. I get the impression that if the US fell apart she’d abandon ship for another country in a heartbeat as long as she can continue to live the 1% lifestyle. The other FLOTUS’ and most of us would stay as long as possible to help our people.

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        I like her sense of style if that balances things out. And she has a nice figure.

        • LMNOP

          Not as nice a figure as Michelle’s though…

          • Scorpiogoddess??

            They both have nice figures. I give credit where due. She looks GREAT.

      • PinkRose

        Besides the historical fact that good p***y has toppled empires, so there’s that!

        • Scorpiogoddess??

          Woi.

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  • JBusy

    In my disgust about election results, I haven’t experienced satisfaction with the blame being passed around. It’s the fault of white women…or folks who voted 3rd party…or folks who didn’t vote at all.

    I call B.S. on all those reasons. Presidential candidates lose because they fail at appealing to a large enough number of Americans. Obama got a larger percentage of the woman and minority vote because he was successful at appealing to them.

    Unfortunately, Hilary, and the DNC, stunk it up. Hilary lost because she didn’t do well enough: she essentially gave up Wisconsin by not visiting, she and Brazile got caught up colluding, she never reconciled issues related to her (and Bill’s) track record on mass incarceration.

    Hilary let her voters down.

    • King Beauregard

      Even if Hillary wasn’t personally inspiring to people, everyone the Left claims to admire — Obama, Sanders, Chomsky, Ginsburg, every writer with a lick of sense and every “cool” celebrity — were begging people to turn out and vote for Hillary.

      Beyond a certain point, people are responsible for their own choices. You can’t argue that people weren’t warned about the danger that Trump posed and how job number one has to be making sure he doesn’t get into office. They chose — CHOSE — to ignore the warnings. That’s on them and nobody else.

      • cyanic

        Including liberal domestic terrorist Susan Sarandon.

        • King Beauregard

          That’s a good point, the one positive in all this is: we can be sure Susan Sarandon will do fine.

          • Asiyah

            Of course she’ll do fine. She’s white and rich lol

        • Asiyah

          How is SS a domestic terrorist? She’s a woman, isn’t that misogyny on your part?

          • cyanic

            Nope because women can terrorize just as well as men.

            • Asiyah

              You make absolutely no sense and are full of double standards and hypocrisy. When you call SS a domestic terrorist, that’s fine, but anybody with a real grievance against Hilary and you call them a misogynist.

              • cyanic

                Misogyny is the hatred of women. Sexism is the marginalization of women. Calling Sarandon a domestic terrorist because she didn’t support Hill is not an act of either. On top off that she is banned from the white house Sarandon.

                • Asiyah

                  You obviously don’t get my point and I’m starting to think it’s deliberate on your part. How is SS a domestic terrorist simply for not supporting Hil? In what world is that terrorism? Is she calling for people to engage in acts of terror? How come you saying this about SS is not misogyny? And how do you know SS hates women? Because she doesn’t agree with Clinton? Clinton is responsible for millions of Iraqi, Palestinian, Honduran, Peruvian, Afghani, Yemeni, Sudanese women being slaughtered. Oh but she doesn’t hate women? Tell me the number of women SS has murdered.

                  • cyanic

                    I was venting and being humorous about Sarandon as a domestic terrorist. She is banned from the white house for real. Look it up please.

                    • Asiyah

                      She was banned from the white house…and?

      • Valerie

        Agreed

      • Asiyah

        The Left doesn’t admire Obama at all, Sanders was met with an “ah, he’s ok,” and Chomsky has lost a lot of credibility with certain leftists.

        You know when I knew this election was BS? When people started saying Sanders was a “socialist.” He was never a real socialist (not dogging him for that, just pointing it out). There were lots of people writing claiming to be “leftists,” calling him a radical, when that simply wasn’t the case.

        • King Beauregard

          So, whom does the Left admire? Depends how we define “the Left”, but for most definitions, there were still respected figures who said that Trump was a threat who needed to be stopped.

          But even then, there was the obvious reality of how unhinged and dangerous Trump was. It was all there for the world to see. To ignore that requires a profound degree of privilege combined with an equally profound lack of interest in what happens to those less privileged.

          • Asiyah

            “So, whom does the Left admire? Depends how we define “the Left”, but
            for most definitions, there were still respected figures who said that
            Trump was a threat who needed to be stopped.”

            That’s a question many of us have been asking ourselves because certain “Leftists” have exposed themselves. It’s why I feel we haven’t picked up any real political traction here. Still too divided.

            • King Beauregard

              You’ve said a mouthful there; Netroots Nation left no doubt in my mind that the biggest difference between many white “progressives” and the Teabaggers is income level, and whether they think the government is going to give them health care or rob them via taxes. Beyond that, they’re both equally happy to throw blacks under the bus. Or rather, tell them to move to the back of the bus.

    • Val

      I agree. Everyone is blaming this one or that one. But what about Hillary? Doesn’t she deserve some blame? I mean, how many people have said they had to hold their noses to vote for her. She was not even close to being a great or even good candidate. Her flaws definitely need to be in this conversation.

      • Annalise Keating

        #FACTS

      • Asiyah

        Another thing I told Todd yesterday was that I remember when she first started getting into politics in 2000. One of the reasons why she set up shop in NYC and ran for senate in this state is because the Clintons were beloved here and she had a greater chance of winning. She wasn’t exactly likeable and would lose in any other state. Hilary has never been likeable. Why? I don’t know. She wasn’t any different from her male counterparts, but people still didn’t like her on a personal level. And I believe that soft entrance hurt her in the long run. She overestimated herself. I may not like her but again, it really bothers me that at the end of the day, she did what any man would do (let’s face it, lots of men are born in 3rd base and swear they hit a triple, or use their connections to get into politics) and she still lost.

        • Val

          I remember her (solo) political beginnings too. She got ripped for being a carpetbagger, which on a certain level was true, as you allude too.

          I’m sure a lot of people didn’t and don’t like her because she’s a woman in politics but lots of people have legitimate reasons for not liking her.

          And also, she has zero charisma. I was thinking about that during her concession speech. I mean, it was the end of her political career and she had almost no affect.

    • Hillary didn’t finish the job. What I find interesting is that she managed to get 10 million less voters than Obama did the first time, and 5 million the second time. That’s striking, and with all that money she had, she blew it. Where did the billion dollars go? Pizza and weed runs for staff?

      • Annalise Keating

        So true. She had almost three times the money in donations that Drumpf had.

        • DM.

          He barely had a ground game, almost no volunteers in swing states and no Get Out The Vote operation. And he beat her handily.
          She ran a crappy campaign. And was a super weak candidate to boot.

          • Epsilonicus

            The RNC had a ground game tho

            • -h.h.h.-

              i thought the RNC was trying to leave him alone because they were worried about downballot

              • Epsilonicus

                But that ground game helped them hold the House and Senate. It was in place basically since ’12 and it helped grow the House majority in ’14. And since it drove Repubs out it actually helped Trump.

            • DM.

              …Who were mostly focused on the senate races and lower.

              • Epsilonicus

                Again, that drove Republicans to the polls.

          • Annalise Keating

            Don’t forget that she had the full backing of the Democratic Party powers that be, a large celebrity backing. Trump was shunned by most of the Republican Party, most of the press, almost no celebrity public endorsement and he still won. SMDH.

            • DM.

              Right? She had Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, and a bunch of A Listers canvassing for her. He had Mike Pence and a bunch of random disheveled white guys no one even knows. And he still won.
              Boy, did we make a mistake nominating her.

      • -h.h.h.-

        the ironic thing…is this might have been a trend; during the 2008 primary, Clinton won the big states, Obama won more states, and the nomination due to proportion of delegates

      • Negro Libre

        Obama is a transcendent figure, he went to Germany in 2008, and over 200,000 people came to see him speak while he was running for president. He’s on the verge of leaving the white house with a higher approval rating that almost matches his high approval rating when he first came into office.

        I don’t think Hilary was ever on that level, even though she was running as the first woman-president. And that being said, more people voted for Clinton and Trump than Bush and Gore. So believe it or not, turnout, seems more likely than not to have normalized in 2016.

        • Epsilonicus

          People thought Obama levels of voting were going to be the new normal. Nope.

          • Negro Libre

            Yeah, Obama was a rarity.

            And neither his nor Michelle’s swag was able to rub off of Hilary.

            It’s the greatest of ironies, and perhaps when the dust settles and all is said and done, the election of Hilary vs. Trump would historically boost Obama even more, because of how, in retrospect, he, himself, his administration and his family were indeed transcendent.

            • The upshot is that if the CBC had gotten their way, he would have slunk off after losing that Congressional primary in 2000, and we would have never heard of him. It goes to show you how much they know about politics.

      • NomadaNare

        She spent it right as she won the popular vote

        The gutted VRA and gerrymandering along with her lack of appeal to millenials is responsible for low voter turnout (-7% versus Obama/Romney)

        • VRA does matter (and personally, I think it should have been fixed because the way it was written meant that a county with changing demographics had a harder time stopping discrimination issues), but she did that appeal thing (or lack thereof) all by herself. Ain’t no Republican plan to make her run a crappy campaign.

      • Rastaman

        We need to stop making excuses for some voters. Some of us act like voting is a favor you doing for the politician as if when Hillary loses it is the Clintons who will suffer. You all realize that Al Gore lost an election in 200 and was probably richer in 2008 when the economy collapsed than at anytime in his life. No one is passing hats or starting Kickstarter campaigns for any presidential election loser. We are the real losers. it is our future that is endangered, our civil liberties or finances and our rights. Wanting Hillary to figuratively come by the crib, bring over a bottle and beg you pretty please to exercise your civil responsibility is a little much. I come from a place that says if you can’t hear you will feel. So as disappointed s I am that the orange chimp won the election, I think some of need to feel some of that pain. Because our memories are short, we lack appreciation and think we are some special snowflakes who deserve more than opportunity. The last 8 years have not been perfect but they were overall a positive step in the right direction. So blaming Hillary because she never gave you a personal call to remind you to vote for your own future is BS! GTFU!!

        • Mary

          Speaking truth! It also comes down to being poorly educated. Even the average educated person knows little about the political process or reads history. It’s not encouraged much in chill and not at all in general society.
          All that reality TV has made us value the personal touch over objective realities; and hyper focus on the small picture instead of keeping in mind how a candidate will effect everyone and in all spheres. We have to read and learn more about politics, American history, Black history and some phill by too since most ideas are based on worldviewa and philosophy. We should all be improving our critical thinking skills. *Gets off soapbox*

    • panamajackson

      While I do think that Hillary could have served herself better, I find it amazing that a possible Trump presidency wasn’t enough to bring ERYBODY out anyway. That part amazes me. I was excited to vote JUST to make sure I did my part to make sure Trump wasn’t gon’ be there, and I live in DC. We fighting to get representation still.

      • PhDivaLife

        But that was the problem. The idea of a possible Trump presidency brought the folks that we didn’t want out. I rode the school bus with a guy, about as redneck as one could get, who posted on FB that he was 38 and a first time voter and that he was making sure to take his mom. I don’t have to guess who got him hyped up to go register and to go vote.

        My home county is rural and predominantly AA. It has been blue the past few elections, but I was worried this time –it stayed blue, but I’m sure it was only b/c other folks there were seeing and hearing the same thing I was — that Trump supporters were ready for action, literally and turned out to make sure that things didn’t go back in time any further than it already is — it’s bad enough there as it is.

        I don’t know if people in other areas felt that urgency to stop that from happening. Despite the media, some folks (white, black, or otherwise) were too comfortable in their bubbles, especially in more urban areas where we are surrounded by folks who appear progressive (I’m in school in a very liberal area, but I use my permanent address for voting b/c I feel like they need it more–my parents are still there). It was the “I don’t have to worry about trying to stop him b/c there are enough people who are going to stop him without me” mentality.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          The models under counted rural participation by 10 pts

    • QueLoQue

      Exactly, instead of continuously asking voters to settle, how about the DNC push a candidate that people actually want to vote for? Hilary, a career politician who had been planning this campaign since she lost in 2012, couldn’t make herself more appealing than a racist, sexist, misogynist with no real plan and only 18 months in the political arena. She had obvious flaws as a candidate and did nothing to mitigate them. That’s not the people’s fault, that’s hers and the DNC. Trump and Sanders’ popularity this election is a sign that people are tired of the same ol same ol. Hopefully the DNC will learn from this, but I doubt it.

      • Well, the DNC has no choice. If they want to be a going concern, either they’ll adapt or something else will replace it. The problem is that a lot of DNC local officials are wardheelers just glad to collect a check and hustle a few dollars. They aren’t interested in higher office, and they don’t want anyone born after a certain date to get into office. The Republicans at least mentor their young politicians. The Democrats look at young politicians as ingrates who need to kiss the ring.

  • Cherron

    I have two daughters. My oldest is 8 and I attended an Obama rally at Jackson State with her in my belly. I felt that same burden you felt Wednesday morning, having to tell my girls that Hillary lost. It was even more devastating when my 7 year old pointed out that Hillary is smarter and couldn’t understand how the smarter person could lose. Now I’m crying. Thanks Panama.

    • A.G.

      Jackson State? Are you from MS too?

      • Cherron

        Yes, from Jackson. You?

        • A.G.

          I’m from Terry! About 15 min outside of Jackson.

          • Cherron

            Ok yeah, I’ve been down to Terry High a couple times

  • Val

    Cool pic, PJ. I’m assuming that’s that app you used last time, right?

    Anyway, and not only will little girls miss out on having a woman as President, they are going to have Melania Trump as First Lady. That’s a collateral tragedy.

    • Annalise Keating

      If Melania wasn’t married to Donald but was married to say John Kasich…and Kasich was president, would it be such a tragedy for her to be First Lady? If yes, why?

      • Val

        Is that a serious question?

        • Annalise Keating

          Yes. I am going to get dragged for saying this but I don’t get why folks hate her so much (except for the obvious and legitimate reason that she married Donald trump).
          Perhaps I could learn something (no sarcasm here just honest curiousity).

          • Kas

            You aren’t one of the cool kids until you get dragged at least one in the comment section . . . Silver Lining

            • Annalise Keating

              Hahahahaha
              I must be ice cold cos I’ve been dragged a few times.

              • Janelle Doe

                Well your name sake did say “come at me” bc she could take it :-)

                Seriously though, I admire the thick skin of those who can be dragged but still return.
                And to answer your Q
                I don’t think she’d be a problem for me if she wasn’t with her current spouse.

          • Val

            Well, not sure why the word ‘hate’ keeps coming up. I don’t have any hate for her. I just feel we deserve better than her or her husband. I mean, going from Michelle or really any other FLOTUS in the last 50 years, with the exception of Nancy Reagan, is a big let down on many levels.

          • PinkRose

            I don’t think anyone hates her. She is simply low life white trash to those of us who value class, integrity, and poise in our FLOTUS especially after the bar was raised with Michelle Obama.

            • cyanic

              Foreign white trash not domestic.

          • Cleojonz

            I don’t think anyone actively hates her directly. What is hated is the rhetoric surrounding her, that somehow she will bring class back to the white house as if Michelle Obama hasn’t been one of the most accomplished First Ladies ever.

            • cyanic

              The building up of Trump’s wife is an excuse to trash Michelle after her tenure as first lady is over.

      • cyanic

        Everything Trump touches turns into something spoiled and unappetizing.

        • Annalise Keating

          Can’t argue with that…

        • kingpinenut

          Next up: the roteration of the United states of america

    • I don’t get the Melania hate…she isn’t Michelle, no one ever will be, but she is just….a trophy.

      • Val

        I don’t think it’s hate. I think that a very high standard was set and Melania misses that standard by a mile.

        • Annalise Keating

          Agreed that Michelle set a very very high standard. But do we really need high level of intelligence and education to be First Lady?

          • Val

            Well, Nancy Reagan say no, you don’t. But I want better.

            • Janelle Doe

              So no to Kanye and Kim2020?

              • Val

                Lol stop it. I’m having enough trouble digesting Trump and Melania.

                • Janelle Doe

                  :-)

                • grownandsexy2

                  I will never be able to digest that. It’s like my worst nightmare. It’s unbelievable but believable all at the same time.

          • Kas

            We don’t even need it for the President
            https://youtu.be/LVd5xiA8_QY

            • Annalise Keating

              ??????….I can’t stop laughing….

        • Betty’s Babygirl

          Not only misses that standard but I need subtitles or captions to understand what she’s saying. She speaks 5 languages. Can someone get her some elocution classes to improve her English please.

      • YoNastyBunny

        Did we already forget that speech she gave at the Republican Convention this summer?

        Granted, that wasn’t her fault, per se, but I think Melania getting at least the side eye is justifiable. She was probably embarrassed by that episode, but if she’s only going to read whatever cutCOPY-and-paste speech is put in front of her, I can’t really respect her. She needs to up her game.

      • Scorpiogoddess??

        Lissen. two become one in HOly matrimony.

    • panamajackson

      Yeah, it’s the Prisma app. I still love it.

      • Val

        *wonders if that app can be dwnloaded to an ipod*

        • panamajackson

          iPod. What’s that?

          • Val

            Don’t poke fun, Man. Lol It has a camera at least.

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