In the aftermath of the midterm elections, my pal Elie Mystal noted the voting pattern of that heinous group of awful people, white women.
White women gonna white.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) November 7, 2018
It’s almost as if there is something wrong with people voting the way they choose to vote, which is particularly odd given that Jill Filipovic attributed the aspect of the election she deemed good to women. Not just black women, but white women. Women. So which is it, are women the heroes or the villains?
In response to Elie, Filipovic tried to skirt the issue. Urban educated women will vote the “right” way, while those dumb white rural women need to be guided by their moral superiors like Filipovic to be brought into the fold.
Putting aside the question of whether Filipovic’s problem is that women who don’t vote as she deems right are just too dumb to be allowed to exercise their franchise without her moral guidance, there is a question of why these awful white women don’t vote the way they should.
I swear to God.
Y’all are infuriating.
And before you #NotAllWhiteWomen me (which will get you blocked) tell me you are COMMITTED to flipping 10 of your alabaster friends from red to blue by 2020. It’s not enough to be “not racist.” You must be *anti-racist.* pic.twitter.com/R0S9r1l64k
— April (@ReignOfApril) November 7, 2018
Will this do the trick, scolding white women and their “alabaster” friends? Does this shame you into voting the way that won’t infuriate April? The predominant method of persuasion by the woke is scolding and shaming, but more importantly, it’s demanding that you “shut up and listen.”
Perhaps the leaders of the the intersectionality movement should study this time in history. Their cause certainly needs allies, but they have no idea how to cultivate them. Instead of being welcomed into the “good fight,” potential allies are instead expected to jump through hoops to prove their worthiness. Alliance is seen as a privilege doled out in meager portions to only the most compliant.
The Left has strategically redefined words, which is exactly what happened to “ally,” although in this case the strategy backfired. Whereas alliance-building once meant forming a coalition of parties with common goals, it now bears a closer resemblance to an exclusive country club appraising potential members. Unlike the country club, however, there are few perks of membership for the “privileged” in the intersectionality movement, unless you like having to always sit silently in the back of the room.
To a certain extent, shaming has worked with a certain group of privileged people, who feel guilty about the fact that they have never missed a meal while others, due to discrimination, suffer the detriments of their skin color. It’s not that they are, themselves, racist, so much as they’re inadequately anti-racist, as April complains. What that means, however, is where this all gets sticky.
Elie and I have been arguing about this for years, and as his twit yesterday shows, the problem persists:
Are they building consensus or driving too many people away? The minority needs consensus more than majority.
We sure is sorry bout botherin whites with our concerns. We tries our best to make it so you folks want to hep us.
I reject the premise that winning over white people is the job of the African-American community.
Elie has a point, that his (on behalf of all African-Americans everywhere?) view was that he shouldn’t have to justify his view to me, or to anyone. And indeed, he doesn’t. But then, “White women gonna white”? So they need to justify their awful view to Elie, or are they just not allowed to have a different view without being denigrated for the race and gender?
Elections are a numbers game, despite the fantastical contentions about the House and Senate “popular vote,” or the persistent presidential popular vote despite the electoral college having worked just fine when President Obama was elected. Twice. African-Americans comprise about 13% of the population. Even with their allies, the ones guilty enough to suspend their existence for the sake of being good allies, and even with an opposition so unsavory as Trump and the Republicans, they lack the numbers to comprise a majority in every voting district.
Part of the problem is that people, even white women (and, dare I say it, white men), have a right to vote for whomever best reflects their interests. They may be wrong, and their chosen candidate may be literally awful in the eyes of Elie, even Filipovic, but still, that’s the nature of voting.
The majority wins elections. The question is not who you decide is the best candidate, but who receives the most votes, even if the voters are totally wrong and awful. And if you lack the numbers to win, then you have two choices: persuade more people to vote the way you would prefer or stick to your guns and lose.
The mistake McKenzie and her people are making in trying to establish a revamped power structure is that their rules for allies were all wrong from day one. They lacked the self-awareness to scrap them and reboot. Telling potential allies to shut up is not an intelligent way to get them to help you. Making them apologize for their physical attributes is not an effective way to motivate them into action/
Not to crush Elie’s dreams, but chances aren’t good that the majority of Americans, regardless of their skin color or gender, will vote the way he would prefer just because he says so or April is infuriated and will block anyone who questions her. There’s a fairly good chance that people, even white women, will vote for the person they choose. After all, it’s not like Filipovic gave up her New York Times op-ed slot to Roxane Gay, but hypocritically kept it to herself to express her alabaster thoughts.
The way to win friends and influence people isn’t to tell them to shut up and call them racist and sexist for not doing as you demand. People need to listen to each other and reach consensus. Unfortunately, that means you won’t get everything you believe you’re entitled to, but maybe we can do far better electing people to serve the common good than we are now.