I’m bout to let y’all know the reason why a White supremacist got in office and is about to bring in other White supremacists in office with him: it’s because the structure itself is a tool of White supremacy. Exhibit 1: Electoral college. Southern states were able to maintain the power that they did because of the 3/5 Compromise. What most people think of when they hear the term is the idea that Black people were only considered 3/5 of a person. This is only part of the truth. The other part is that their population counted toward the electoral college even though they were not considered human/citizen, not allowed to vote. This essentially stacks the deck in favor of southern Whites during that time, which afforded them more political power than their population (at least the population considered human) would warrant. Exhibit 2: Voting Rights Act. This is the first election since the Voting Rights Act was gutted. You don’t think that had an effect on voter turnout? I know Black folk showed up in this election, but I feel like the number would have been better with those 900 poll stations would have been open if they hadn’t got closed due to the Voting Rights Act being gutted. Poll stations that coincidentally served communities of color. Hmm I wonder why. We can get into conversations about Jim Crow, mass incarceration, and other things that disproportionately impact African Americans’ ability to vote, but do a Google search and read some news articles or something. I’m just saying this was an inevitable conclusion. Now we just got to do the work to make sure we all make it out of this period okay.
The System Was Always Rigged