You’ve seen, I’m sure, the post-election map showing “red” and “blue” areas of the nation. The red is where Trump voters prevailed, the blue where Clinton voters prevailed. As a general color scheme, you could say America looks to be a red place with some blue highlights. Certainly from a sufficiently high altitude, the proverbial “man from Mars” passing by Earth might see that we appear to be a red nation.
Now, let’s set aside for a moment what those colors actually represent—the predominant political leanings of the populations in those areas, and let’s also set aside the greater numbers of people living in those pockets where blue prevails. (As you know, the heaviest concentrations of people are on the coasts and in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. The result was, of course, that Clinton’s raw numbers were greater by nearly 2 million.)
Let’s instead pretend—just as a thought experiment--that the red represents the areas of the country where the Confederate flag is displayed on 50% + 1 of the homes (the majority, in other words), and the blue represents those areas where the flag is on fewer than 50% of homes.
If that were the map’s meaning instead of voting results, what conclusion would you reach about America? Would you say, based on colors, that America was a “racist” nation? Or would you instead say that we are NOT a racist nation because, for a larger number of people, the Confederate flag does not predominate? I suspect most would call such a map proof of America’s “racism.”
In other words, if all it took to conclude that America has prevailing “racist” sentiments was for just over half of a select population (that is already 2 million fewer than the others) to display the Confederate flag, then why are so many people unwilling to conclude that Trump’s win—which is based on the very same calculations--doesn’t and shouldn’t represent America’s political preferences? If the 2 million vote difference in favor of Hillary means America does not prefer Trump, then why wouldn’t the same numbers—if they represented Confederate flag fans—mean we’re not a racist nation?