by Grania Spingies
Stock markets are plummeting, and in spite of almost every poll predicting a comfortable win for Hillary Clinton only a few hours ago, the opposite has happened.
Lesson learned: almost no-one can conduct an accurate forecast anymore. This is what the NYT shows having happened to their polls (and they have been aggregating a number of them) in the last few hours.
The other lesson I hope people learn: it’s not in the least bit helpful to demonise the “other” party supporters to the point where some people insert the word Libtards or Rethuglians into normal conversation. The only thing that this indicates is that if we inhabit an exclusive bubble of like-minded people we will struggle to have an accurate understanding of anyone who thinks differently. The content of your social media feed is not an accurate reflection of reality, and that goes for both sides of the fence.
It’s also overly simplistic to cry racism and blame this on white supremacists. If it were just blatant racism, then the voters who swung this election surprise against all predictions would have made sure that 8 years of Obama never happened. For similar reasons, it is also unlikely to be rampant sexism either.
That isn’t to say that those who voted for Trump have not been callously indifferent to the fact that their candidate was prepared to espouse every fascist, sexist and racist position in his drive to get votes. Yes, there were undoubtedly racist and sexist voters. It’s not possible for them all to have been motivated by sexsism and misogyny. Again, demonising everyone who votes differently doesn’t win you elections; nor does it change hearts and minds. At this point America is not going to sort out any internal messes by turning on each other and deepening the chasms. You need to find a way of understanding each other’s concerns and issues and bridging the divisions that are very evidently there. We are going to have to try to understand what seems incomprehensible if anything constructive is to come of this.
Kenan Malik had this to say.
The days to come will be filled with post-mortems of how the polls could all be so wrong. Right now the only comforting thing I can think of is that one day this too will be a footnote in history.
Oh, and this.
That’s us there.
This too will pass.