Why did minorities vote for Trump? That’s one of the many, many questions liberals had after this shocking election. Why, after he admitted to groping women without their consent, would 53% of white women turn out at the polls for Trump? Why, after he called Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” would almost one out of three Latinx support him? It seemed completely counterintuitive to many liberals that so many members of oppressed groups would vote against their own interests.
But here’s the thing: there’s no rule that says members of oppressed groups can’t oppress others, even people who are just like them. Women can be misogynists (see: Ann Coulter, Tomi Lahren), people of color can be racist (see: Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain). Women slut-shame other women in order to prove that they’re “respectable” women by comparison, POC denounce black men who dress or act like “thugs” in order to prove that they’re the “good” kind of minority. While straight white men tend to be the worst offenders (hence the existence of this blog), we were all raised in a sexist, racist society, so we are all sexist and racist to some extent.
At least, that’s my take on it. My best friend from childhood, a Muslim-born, first-generation Pakistani-American woman who became a hardcore Republican in college, tells it differently. She proudly voted for Trump in November, has no regrets, and will most likely vote for him again in 2020. In this podcast, I asked her the million-dollar question–why?