Conservative racism is startlingly clear in the 2012 Presidential election numbers. For instance, of the sixteen Confederate and Client and Border States, all but two voted for Romney by high margins. The two outliers have high northern populations.
Aside from the states of the Old South, there were seven traditional western states that all came in at less than 40% for Obama, and two, Utah and Wyoming, in which more than 70% of the vote went to Romney. In fact, Obama lost the white vote by 20 points (59% to 39%), an eight point wider gap than in 2008… a gap that pretty much accounts for the narrowing of the overall gap in the popular vote. However, he took pretty much all the rest.
Obama’s 2008 coalition was back for this election. The President garnered 93 percent of the black vote, 71% of the Hispanic vote, and 73% of the Asian-American vote. People of color simply did not trust Romney. Black voters complained of Republican efforts, some successful, to thwart the ability of the poor and disadvantaged to get to vote. Hispanics saw Romney’s refusal to support immigration reform, as opposed to rounding up illegal immigrants by millions and deporting them, as an assault on the whole concept of immigration… and thus on them.
The effects of this distrust can be seen most readily in the voting results from Washington DC, New York, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Maryland. These states (and Washington DC) all have high minority populations, and they all went more than 60% for Obama.
In short, the racial divide in this country is real, and it is easily visible in the votes for the President. Exit polling established that less than 40% of the voters believed the economy, Romney’s most constant point of attack, was Obama’s fault. Americans as a group are not stupid; they know who created the economic mess. They were voting on other matters, and from the numbers above, race was a major one. There is something else important about the way people voted. In southern and western states, it’s pretty obvious that Conservative racism played a large part in the election, as many voters voted against President Obama just because he’s black. If it weren’t so, other states in which Obama lost (and some in which he won) would have shown much deeper dichotomies. People of color, on the other hand, seemed to be voting as they did far more because of the policies and public statements of Romney (and Republicans in general) than because Romney was white. After all, until these last two elections, white candidates were the only candidates available.
The worst of it is, racism is an active part of every aspect of today’s politics. As shown above, it had a lot to do with the extreme difference in voting percentage patterns that is so evident in the table. It also has a lot to do with the constant and virulent attacks on the President, and the willingness of many political commentators on the right to spread conspiracy rumors and outright fiction simply to keep the waters roiled. But the President wasn’t born in Kenya; he has not spent the last four years committing treason; he is not a Socialist (a word none of his detractors have yet been able to define); and he did not spend seven hours eating popcorn and watching the embassy in Benghazi attacked and overrun and four Americans getting killed.
Critics of the previous administration, however strongly and angrily they criticized it, never accused G W Bush of such appallingly stupid stuff. Complaints and criticism were limited to what he actually didÂ—things that were on the record and checkable. But because of the racism that has pervaded our discourse since the day Obama was nominated, Americans are constantly bombarded with these absurd attacks.
One final note… whenever things like this are discovered and brought forth, whoever makes the call is accused of racism. It’s time to put that to bed. The truth and reality is that discovering racism, and identifying and bringing to light blatant racism does not make the identifier a racist.