Just look at the statistics from last night’s election in Alabama:
As I’ve mentioned before, Alabama gun-toter Roy Moore wasn’t the worst candidate purely because of accusations of diddling teens half a century ago. Even without that, he would have been by far the worst candidate. He was a twice-failed judge, removed from an elected judicial position for orneriness — disobeying federal court orders (“failure to comply with the law and avoid impropriety”). He openly flouted the Constitution when he attempted to install Christianity as the official religion of Alabama. His open bigotry — toward LGBTQ people, Muslims, non-white people, non-Christians, and women — has never been in question. He even went on record saying America would be better off without all Constitutional amendments after the 10th and that the U.S. was at its “greatest” prior to the abolition of slavery.
This is the worst possible candidate.
But white people — especially white men — voted for him in droves yesterday. Herds of white men rushed to vote for this theocratic bigot and flocks of white women followed after — apparently in jest, because Moore favors only men being able to vote.
Until that moment, I have never been tempted to be ashamed of being white. But… good grief, Alabama white people.
Keep in mind that Moore holds zero policy positions superior to his opponent Doug Jones. Zero. There was literally no good reason to vote for Moore.
Other demographic separations were informative as well, but the only one that showed as wide a divide as black-white was party affiliation:
Election Results By Party
Democrats showed themselves to be well-informed, moral voters in Alabama yesterday, while more than 90% of Republicans held up metaphorical signs saying “I’m evil”. I was disappointed in the Independent voters — because I count myself among them. There was only an eight-percent margin among independents, barely favoring Jones.
When divided by age, Alabama voters proved that young people are better than old people — but not by much.
Election Results By Age
In Alabama, people aged 18 to 44 voted for Doug Jones at a rate of about 60%, while people my age and older tended in the other direction. About 6 in 10 senior citizens voted for the anti-Constitution, pro-bigot candidate.
When asked about religion, it again turned out to be the “born-again Christians” who favored evil — just as they did during the Donald Trump election.
Election Results By Religion
Especially white Christians favored Moore, who was once banned from a shopping mall for suspicious activity and who laughingly waves guns around at campaign stops.
When education levels were under consideration, there was a 20% gap among white people. Those whites without a college degree exuberantly devoted themselves to their golden calf, while whites with a college degree were less enthusiastic but still supported the worst possible candidate. Non-white people, apparently in an effort at self-preservation, voted well despite their level of education.
And here’s one more look at the race division, this time without division by sex/gender:
So, the next time you’re tempted to claim “the media” is responsible for the racial divide in the United States, I hope you think back to these election results. It is white people who are responsible for the racial divide. Period.
I admit I’ve been slow to pick up on how different it is to live in this country for people of color. But I will never again be surprised when a black man or black woman sees me and reacts with suspicion.