Why ‘Dumb Yanks’ Are Not To Blame For Trumps Victory
WRITTEN BY CAM MITCHELL
So the unthinkable happened; the next president of the United States will be America’s answer to Lord Alan Sugar. Donald John Trump. As expected a lot of people are unhappy, although probably just as many people would have been unhappy if Crooked Hillary had been elected but hey, thats how this election has panned out. It has divided not only a nation, but a whole planet. People are now anxious and some scared as to how ‘the Donald’ will handle the most powerful position in the world. *GULP*
I fully expected to see people out in force on Twitter and Facebook moaning, whinging and complaining about how America could ever vote for a man like this. Many of whom receive their entire political lexicon and knowledge from 30 second Buzzfeed videos, which , while I will admit, I have seen my fair share of both anti Trump and anti Clinton videos, there is no way an individual can come up with a solid basis to vote from just watching these videos. I only speak about some. Of course many are well informed. However, you can’t help but feel that this way of sharing and viewing content has ultimately helped shape peoples views during this election, which has often seemed more like a street fight on WorldStar, than a presidential election. Social media definitely played a huge part, especially in getting younger people to take an interest, although probably for all the wrong reasons.
When you try and visualise a stereotypical Trump supporter its hard not to picture a gun wielding, tobacco chewing, banjo player and to some extent, this may be true. Especially, if you look on social media, with the way people are tearing into Trump supporters calling them stupid brainless idiots, and while this might be true, social media definitely does its best to make you think that is the only type of people voting for Trump. Trump however received; as we know; the majority of electoral votes, and while some British people are sat across the pond drinking our tea thinking “Bloody stupid yanks”, the comparison with ‘Brexit’ is uncanny. Shame on us.
The fact he won shows there is another demographic passionately rooting for Trump, and one quick look at the exit polls will show you that a majority of so called ’Educated Whites’ voted for Trump. Being white, I can’t help but feel utterly embarrassed by the stats that are pouring out of these polls. It goes down to a whole lot more than Americans just being stupid. There is a separate agenda and it looks like its an agenda based on hate, closing doors on communities, straight up racism and sexism. If we compare the raw data to the number of votes cast by non white graduates, you will see it was a walkover for Clinton, and this isn’t because they are being educated differently this is obviously a deep rooted problem which a large part of America has been unable to quash. One of the things I love most about London is all the different cultures which are present there, it adds so much to the city which wouldn’t be anything without the different cultures bringing it to life. I’m sure there are many white Americans who share this view about their city. However, from looking solely at the polls, it paints a very ugly picture. My only hope is that these Americans carrying such hateful, sexist or racist views wake up and realise that all of it is utterly pointless. At the same time I also hope White Americans are not automatically perceived as hateful, as the views of some don’t apply for the views of all.