The 2020 presidential election brought with it many historical milestones: a wave of once-red states turning blue for Joe Biden, the first woman of color elected to be vice president and record voter turnout. However, if there is one takeaway from this election, it is that white people must practice better allyship to communities of color, especially Black Americans.
According to exit polls from The New York Times, 55 percent of white women voted for President Donald Trump, a candidate whose racism has fueled white supremacy groups and domestic terrorism while perpetuating harmful stereotypes of Black and Latinx Americans. It is no secret that Trump is not popular among Black voters, with 87 percent of Black Americans casting their ballots for Biden.
This issue goes beyond the election. 61 percent of white Americans admitted that they have made no attempt to better understand racial issues in America in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, according to an NPR/Ipsos poll in August. Similarly, only seven percent of white people said they attended a rally or protest after the police killing of Floyd in May. White people are also the least likely to support the Black Lives Matter movement when compared to Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans.
We shouldn't be surprised.
After all, white supremacy has always been a dominant ideology in American politics. It's easy for white people to ignore the systemic oppression faced by communities of color, instead voting to advance their own interests at the expense of others. But this tendency is harmful and only allows such injustices to continue.