On Tuesday night, Bill O’Reilly talked about his suspicions concerning the electoral college. In his arguments, he expressed distrust that “the left thinks white working-class voters must be marginalized.” I had to blink a few times at this logic, but he went on to suggest that the primarily white populations of the midwest should continue having the stronger voice in the election. “The left wants power taken away from the white establishment,” he said. “They want a profound change in the way America is run. Taking voting power away from the white precincts is the quickest way to do that.”
So…what he’s saying is, the white population of this country do have more voting power. He never denies this; instead, he confirms all of the suspicions that we progressives have ever entertained. There really is a white establishment, and it controls our government.
You can’t say otherwise anymore, Mr. O’Reilly. There’s no takesies-backsies here. He even admitted that “the liberal media tries to sell that all day long — so-called white privilege bad, diversity good.” Well, yes. Our country was founded on different cultures, immigrants, and a new start on life. Why the hell would we want to propose policies that would undermine our country’s founding principles? I don’t really get it. We started off as a nation of progression. Let’s not screw with that.
Besides, all we’re proposing is instituting the popular vote. How is a system that gives every citizen equal weight in their vote unfair? This seems to be the most fair proposal we’ve ever received in choosing our president. All the other countries do it. Why don’t we?
However, the facts back up O’Reilly’s claims. At the moment, 61.6% of the population is white. Turning that around, the racial minority population makes up 38.4% of our country. Because most of these minorities live in larger cities and not in the midwest, their voting rights aren’t worth as much as the white population’s. How imbalanced is this voting power? 78.1% of the voting power, according to Vox, currently belongs to the white population. Translation: only 20% of the voting power rests with the minorities, despite their being 40% of the population.
Don’t deny the existence of racism, Republicans, when the facts all prove you wrong. I know with President Cheeto around, facts seem superfluous, but they are still out there. It takes very little research and only a skosh of common sense to distinguish fact from bullshit. I suggest we all work on developing these skills. Something tells me we’re going to have to wade through a lot of bullshit in the coming years.
Photo from the Huffington Post