White Women and the Heavy Guilt to Vote for Trump
According to Time.com, about 47% of white women voted for Trump in 2016. The curiosity of finding an answer of why an intelligent, and a well-to-do woman voted for a leader, infamously known to insult women and was taped as saying women want to be grabbed by the p…y is beyond acceptance of a normal behavior. So, to find the answer, I asked. And what I discovered will amaze you.
Maintaining the status quo,
Following her family’s advice, and
Keeping it in the community.
For a woman with a race identity such as Black, Latino, Asian, and other minorities of color, seeing a continuous Caucasian males at the helm of the seat of the presidency of the United States may be a common scene. But for the white women I interviewed, seeing a ‘Christian’ caucasian male that looks like them in the president’s seat is the right thing to do. The proper thing to happen.
Opportunities to a woman of color in the United States, politically, societally, and during employment are considered a dream. To these white women, opportunities are a special right and a privilege.
These white women voted for Trump not because of his character but because of his identity. Trump manifested racist white privileges and wasn’t ashamed to flaunt it publicly and infamously. This resonated with them and played onto their cognitive ability to make socially responsible decisions. Heavy guilt they feel. But they follow the footsteps of many white women before them during the slavery days. To these humanly misguided white women, the overall objective in maintaining the status quo is a better win than human rights, civil rights, women’s rights and gender’s equality.
Takeaway, Culture is made by men, maintained by women and changed by the brave ones of both genders. To identify with an identity or faith is stronger than to identify with gender equality or civil rights.
About the Author: Dr. Abraham Khoureis is a multi-talented Thought leader who utilizes his writing to advocate for positive social change.