Welp! December 19th marked the beginning of the end, as the Electoral College made it official and elected Donald Trump as our next Commander-in-Chief, once again confirming to me that the Electoral College ain’t worth nan and it ain’t never gone be worth nan.
Another tradition that America knows has long outlived its purpose, the Electoral College’s very existence has been hotly debated for years. It didn’t come about until 1787, and the official high-school-history-book reason it was put in place was because our founding fathers frankly thought the people were too stupid to be trusted with the presidency. No really, it was a “compromise between whether the people should elect the president or whether Congress should.”
But a glimpse behind the curtain reveals another deep dark secret reason for its existence: racism.
The system utilized the “three-fifths compromise,” which counted slaves as three-fifths of a person, to give more voting power to slave owners and pro-slavery states. In 1787, James Madison—so-called “Father of the Constitution”—gave a speech in which he said that, with a popular vote, the slave-holding Southern states “could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes.” Back then, this unjust system helped America elect Thomas Jefferson, who owned more than 100 slaves, instead of John Adams, who was opposed to slavery.
Today, the Electoral College continues to give smaller, more conservative states opposed to racial progress disproportional voting power. At the same time, gerrymandering, racial targeting, felony disenfranchisement, and various voter discrimination laws continuously strip voting rights from the marginalized in order to uphold a racist system.
In other words, even today, our election system is rigged for the racist ruling class. The fact that a man like Donald Trump was elected via this system should come as no surprise; that means it’s working exactly as designed.
And yet, despite this egregious injustice, we’re continuously told: Too bad. Read full post here