Reckoning with the 2016 elections
This year's elections have had major consequences throughout the South, the nation, and the world. On this page: Scalawag's coverage leading up to and on election day, and our editors' reactions to the election in its aftermath—and our beginning attempts to think through the path forward.
If having cancer taught me anything, it's that I need you, especially in challenging times.
Trump's election has shown me that it is not enough for me to be committed to social justice; I have to recommit to the fullness of my identity, including my Christianity, because I must put to use everything I have to secure our liberation.
It's time to stop being shocked about the extent of White racism and to start figuring out how to do something about it.
The problem, put crudely, is that resisting authoritarianism requires un-authoritarian modes of acting, speaking, and thinking. You don’t learn that in school. It doesn’t read like The New Yorker.
Our collective freedom is bound up with the eradication of racial hierarchy, which from its inception has placed Blackness at the very bottom, and has been utilized for the collective exploitation of workers and poor folk of all races. I believe that when all Black lives flourish, all lives will flourish.
This election means that many people will die who did not have to die. If our first step is to vigorously defend the bodies and identities of those in marginalized communities, our second must be to insist that our rhetoric and our politics acknowledge both the relative security and absolute vulnerability of White bodies.
The Democratic National Convention failed. They failed to meet the racialized challenges of a modern presidential election. They had too much faith in White voters, took voters of color for granted, and it cost them the election.
There’s been hardly any investment from the Left in organizing poor and working class White folk, and that void has been justified by this notion that they are hopelessly racist and backward. That has turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whether or not Hillary Clinton is the next American President, she's come farther than any other woman who's run for the office. Is that a victory for all American women?
A record of our live, ongoing coverage of Election Day 2016. Check back throughout the day for reporting and analysis from the Scalawag team across the South.