White People, Save Yourself: Election 2016
By Teka Lark (November 8, 2016)
Thousands of poor Black families were hurt owing to Bill Clinton’s welfare reform, which also criminalized poverty. 2.5 million people were deported under Obama.
Totally cool with your support for Hillary. I get it, but please don’t think your vote is helping me as a Black woman. The Democratic Party does not care about my Blackness except during Presidential elections and even then the most the Democratic Party will pay for my vote is a chicken dinner.
Your vote for the Democratic Party isn’t stopping institutional racism or nationalism.
If you are white and middle class I advise you to vote to save yourself, because the only thing that will happen with a Trump presidency is a speeding up of the freefall of the petite bourgeoisie , creative class etc…whatever is known as the middle class. The few of the non-one percent left in fantasyland will get to see the reality that the rest of us live right now.
Vote to give your class another 50 years, because I don’t see this lasting beyond that.
I will be fine regardless of who wins. My family has been here since the 1700s. We survived slavery, Jim Crow and Reagan. My Blackness will be fine.
You are not going to stop economic oppression of the lower classes by voting for Hillary. You do know that Latinos, Native Americans and Black people are being oppressed right now?
Native Americans, Latinos and Black people are being murdered right now. We are being denied housing right now. We’re being rounded up and jailed right now, so this doomsday scenario for you is already real for us right now.
If social justice is your point with your Democratic Party vote then there are a few more effective things you might want to do rather than continue marching along with the neoliberals.
Now if you want to save your gallery hopping, late model car driving and can afford a root canal a year lifestyle then vote for Hillary. By all means do that, but that isn’t being radical, that is self preservation and that is cool.
I am pro me too.
Since I am pro-me I am saying that Hillary isn’t going to help my institutional racism situation, she may help my creative class situation, but institutional racism, nationalism, brutal capitalism, cops stopping me and other Black people for fun? No, Hillary won’t stop that…so if that is why you are voting for her, well…you should come up with a better reason like you like preserving your present day lifestyle.
Social justice has nothing to do with your Hillary vote or the Hillary campaign and that is OK, but you are not radical or groundbreaking.
Your Hillary vote doesn’t make you the bigger person. You get no cookies or thanks from me for not voting for Trump.
What you can do if you really want to make change is support building institutions that are making economic and social change and support them year around not just during the Presidential elections.
A new world is possible, but corporate America isn’t going to pay for it or help elect it.
Teka Lark is a journalist, poet and satirist based in the Metropolitan New York area. She is the founder of the Blk Grrrl Book Fair, Feminist Preschool www.FeministPreschool.com and the author of the upcoming book, Queen of Inglewood, to be published on Word Palace Press