Updated at 2:00 P.M.
Exit polls from the 2016 presidential election revealed that Donald Trump’s victory had something to do with race.
Hillary Clinton sought to galvanize women to vote in the first female president in American history. But women don’t vote in a single bloc. Apart from college-educated white women, every white demographic voted for Donald Trump. Yet still, nearly half of college-educated white women preferred Trump over Clinton, even after misogynistic remarks leaked from an Access Hollywood tape.
The red-state, blue-state divide was not a reliable electoral measure either. Chicago voted 83 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton, but majority-white neighborhoods split almost evenly between Trump and Clinton. Forty-five percent of North Side Edison Park and nearly 60 percent of South Side Mount Greenwood residents supported Trump. Half of one percent of the African-American Auburn-Gresham neighborhood voted for Trump.
Trump’s inauguration one year ago gave rise to several social movements. The Women’s March took place the day after Trump’s inauguration and caught criticism for possibly ignoring race and class issues. Meanwhile, the “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, revealed open-air racism many thought was dead.
Despite threats of a Trump presidency championing issues like police violence and eroding civil liberties, non-white voters didn’t accept Hillary Clinton’s feminist message writ-large. According to Pew, 2016 black voters turned out at 59.6 percent, Asians at 49.3 percent, and Latinos at 47.6 percent, compared to whites at 65.3 percent.
The power of mobilized, marginalized voting blocs may have been most evident in the 2017 Alabama Senate special election. Trump’s chosen candidate, Roy Moore, lost by a slim margin, thanks in part to Alabama’s black women, who voted for eventual winner Doug Moore at a rate of 98 percent.
Trump’s election has also driven dialogue to answer why white women went for Trump and their role in upholding the same patriarchy they protested at this weekend’s Women’s March.
To discuss the intersectionality of race, gender, and colonized mentalities for the hour, we’re joined by Yasmin Nair, an academic, activist, freelance writer, and editor-at-large at Current Affairs; Jennifer Brier, director of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Lewis Gordon, an Afro-Jewish philosopher at the University of Connecticut.