Alternet and Salon featured this essay yesterday. Help a brother out if you could by sharing this piece with your friends and contacts on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. My open letter to aggrieved conservatives is making its rounds online, but I think we can do even better. They are having a collective sad and need our help and support.
Dear Angry White Conservatives Who Are Mourning Mitt Romney’s Loss,
If Fox News is any indication, many of you are dismayed, upset, and befuddled by Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama. Some of these feelings are normal. Politics is tribal. When your team loses, a bit of sadness is expected.
However, some white folks are acting out in some very unhealthy ways. Young white conservatives participated in a near riot at the
hurled rocks at bystanders, used racial slurs, and burned Obama and Biden
campaign signs. Other angry white folks used the Internet to send out racist messages and
pictures on Twitter as
an act of protest and anger at the country’s re-election of its first black
president. I believe that these events are malicious outliers. University
Many white people who voted for Mitt Romney are simply scared and angry that a “black socialist Muslim atheist Communist usurper” was reelected President of the
. United States
89 percent of Mitt Romney’s voters were white. 59 percent of the white vote went to Mitt Romney. He also won the majority of white voters in every age and gender group. We live in a country that is racially segregated. The
is also very polarized politically. At
present, Americans are not talking to each other across the dividing lines of
race, class, and ideology. United
Because many white conservatives only interact with like-minded people who come from the same racial background, it seemed obvious to them that Obama was going to lose on election night. With the defeat of Mitt Romney, they are experiencing the universal hurt that comes when reality interjects itself into a dream world and fantasy.
Many white people are feeling imperiled because President Obama’s win is being framed by the news media as a sign that people of color are gaining political power in the
. The pundits keep
talking about “the browning of United States ”
and how the Republican Party will continue to lose elections if it just relies
on white voters to win. I
imagine that many white people, especially
conservatives and older voters, may be feeling a bit obsolete as the country changes around them. America
I am white people’s best friend. As such, I will tell you things that other people will not; I will tell you the truth even when it makes you upset at me.
The media wants to scare you with all sorts of talk about how, in a few decades,
will be a “majority
minority” country. You “want your country back” and people mock you for these
sentiments. I am a good listener. Other people find joy in your tears and from
the sad images of Mitt Romney’s headquarters, Republican rallies, and voters on
election night. I feel your pain. I am your friend. America
Guess what? Things are going to be okay.