By Charles D. Ellison – With dust settling on the biggest political upset in U.S. history, the hazy day after is an atom-bomb-drop mess of circular firing squads, blame games and armchair quarterbacking analysis of what just happened. And while the top line analysis pretty much points to white America’s collective anti-black streak as the primary culprit, we are now getting a detailed rich picture of Tuesday night’s results broke down by factors such as age, race, gender, education and income.
While large slices of most key demographic groups crazily skipped to the apocalypse with their support for Donald Trump, one rather intriguing and tragically poetic polling point stands out: Black women tried, desperately, to save the world Tuesday night.
If anyone is to blame for Trump’s dastardly white nationalist-driven win, to the dropping jaws of many, clouds can’t be sent over black women (at least, according to the exit polls). Sisters may have instinctively felt the approaching electoral freight train—perhaps that same way in which worried black mothers, for centuries, have given racial-warning pep talks to black children, bracing for dreams deferred. But, as data show, they turned out rather solidly for Hillary Clinton: 94 percent of black female voters broke for the Democratic nominee compared to only 4 percent for Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Support for Clinton was just 2 percentage points less than the overwhelming 96 percent black female support President Barack Obama received in both 2008 and 2012. As for black men, they weren’t feeling the notion of a first female president: 13 percent voted for Trump. That mirrored a somewhat hidden chauvinism among brothers that circulated during a bruising Democratic primary battle between Clinton and favored Larry-David-stunt-double-turned-overnight-revolutionary Sen. Bernie Sanders. Read the full story at theroot.com.