The Popular Vote [Web Series]: There’s a new web series in town that seeks to understand how Americans elected, Donald Trump, a demagogue who’s been involved in decades of lawsuits over his racism, sexists comments, alleged sexual assaults and business scandals to the highest office in the land. The web series seeks to bridge the Clinton-Trump divide post-election 2016 by engaging in healthy conversations that bring us together, instead of letting our differences break us apart.
As the world comes to grips that Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States – liberals are blaming sexism, the media, racist white people, voter fraud, the Genius of Kelly Anne Conway, Russian hacking, and our outdated electoral college system. The truth is, Trump won due to all of those factors but mostly because we underestimated the power of the swing vote and public ignorance.
People want to be heard. They want to their voices matter. White working class Americans have been ‘ignored’ by the leaders of both the Republican and Democrat parties for more than a generation. Trump seduced these people with hate. He promised to banish immigrants, to build a wall to keep out Mexicans, to bring back jobs and capitalized on their anxieties on globalization. If you ask one of his supporters, they would say life has gotten worse for people like them and America was greater a half-century ago. Yeah, it was pretty great — for them. This version of a “Great America” silenced immigrant experiences, shamed women, and marginalized people of color. Is this what 65 million Americans signed up for? When was America ever great for everyone?
To be clear, I do not believe that Donald Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric created racism in America. Racism never went away, it has been around for years. Trump just ripped the scab off of a wound that has been festering and it worked to his advantage. Trump reminded America how powerful HATE actually is. Looking at social media and other public forums, there is a sense of confusion from white people about being called “racists” because they voted for Trump. Since the term “racist” is offensive, let’s use the term “casual racists” instead. Casual Racists are “good” people that have the privilege of overlooking racist behavior and believe that racism it’s just a perspective. When racism first came to be examined as a social problem, the term referred to something obvious. Over the years, blatant racism has declined
History is full of examples where “good” people supported horrible leaders. There is something deeper going on here. This curiosity led to the creation of The Popular Vote.
The Popular Vote is a web series that aims to build common ground with personal reflections that cover topics such as racism, sexism, diversity, and privilege from both sides.
Check out the first two episodes below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel and join the conversation!