Feminist Chelsea Handler believes that women who voted for Trump need to check their white privilege, but I say she needs to check her rich privilege. And yeah, let’s talk about that supporting one another idea.
First, women who voted for Trump did so because they are looking for support—of any kind. Clearly, Handler, who according to Forbes is worth a cool $19 million, has never had to commute back and forth to a job that pays $15 an hour, find child care she can afford, figure out how to feed her family that night and work at least an eight-hour day. If she did, she wouldn’t have even asked them to think about what it is like to have another skin color.
Handler should think about what it is like to be an American of any skin color where, unless you are her, you are anything but privileged:
- The United States spends more than $100 billion per year to support illegal aliens and their children on welfare programs and other subsidies.
- According to an annual Care.com survey, 70 percent of families are paying rates the government defines as unaffordable and nearly half of families spend 15 percent or more of their household income on care.
- For every 100,000 women in their late 40s, 228 died at the turn of this century. Today, 296 are dying. And in rural areas, the uptick in mortality was noticeable as far back as 1990. Since then, death rates for rural white women in midlife have risen by nearly 50 percent. In the hardest-hit places—21 counties across the South and Midwest—the death rate for white women has nearly doubled since the turn of the century.
The wholesale disintegration of the American economy and family since the early 1990s has put a terrible burden on Americans, particularly women, many of whom are stuck in small town America where there often isn’t a mill, plant or smelt left. And they can’t just leave. They have ties to the community, such as aging or sick parents or unemployed, opioid-addicted husbands or children.
When families do break up through divorce, substance abuse or other issues of despair and don’t know where their next meal is coming from, it is often the women left to care for those left behind.
Breitbart just reported on a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found that American communities that experienced an auto plant closure within the last five years saw a much greater rate of opioid deaths than communities whose auto plants have remained open.
Handler wants you to see people based on the color of their skin. If you are black or brown, you are deserving of her faux care. If you are white, she just wants you to vote like her and check your “privilege.” But this isn’t compassion for the 53 percent of women who believed Trump may finally see them, even if Handler does not.
Unlike the progressives Handler backs, Donald Trump has worked hard to reverse the job-killing trade agreements for all Americans and backed Ivanka Trump’s maternity leave plan, which would replace the 12 weeks of unpaid leave offered by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 with paid leave.
And what about those minorities Handler accuses women of not caring about? The black unemployment rate in October 2019 was 5.4 percent, the lowest level ever recorded.
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Handler’s latest tweet, which essentially attacks white women for discriminating against minorities isn’t the first time she has gotten it all wrong. Following Trump’s election in 2016, she wrote a commentary accusing white women who did not vote for Hillary of not knowing how to support other women.
“One of the saddest things about November 8,” she wrote, was “the women of America who somehow managed to vote for Donald Trump, specifically the 53% percent of all white female voters who chose Mr. Trump.
“94% of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, because unlike white women, black women don’t take their rights, liberties, or justice for granted.”
No, Handler, one of the saddest things is when rich white people believe they have the moral high ground—even when they take their clothes off for Playboy—to look down on people who are just trying to make it through another day. This isn’t feminism and it isn’t women supporting one another. It’s racism.