Everyone is at least a little racist. But hardly any Whites really actively want to hate Blacks and people from other racial-ethnic minority groups. And I bet that includes a lot of people who are thinking of voting for Trump. So this is for people who don’t want to be haters, or even seen as haters.
Think about it this way: Voting is pretty symbolic. Your individual vote is really not going to make the difference. But it says something about who you are, to yourself at least, and to anyone else who knows.
So look at these polling results for African Americans in five key states. Between 2 and 5 out of every 100 Black voters says they support Trump:
If you vote for Trump, because you’re angry about politicians who never get anything done, or you don’t trust Hillary, or you think it’s time for a change in Washington, think about this: do you want to spend the next four or eight years knowing that you voted against virtually every Black person who you will know or meet during that time?
Maybe they’re wrong. But I think, if you’re not the hating kind, it might gnaw at you, and you might feel better if you didn’t take that stand against them. I’m not trying to change your political views in a short blog post, but I do think we’ll get along better – and you will too – if you don’t vote for Trump.
NYT/Siena: North Carolina, 9/16-9/19
Detroit Free Press: Michigan, 9/10-9/13
NYT/Siena: Florida, 9/10-/14
Monmouth: Georgia, 9/15-9/18
UMW: Virginia, 9/6-9/12