by Sam Hieb
Earlier, JLF’s Mitch Kokai shared a thoughtful essay on the Electoral College. It was thoughtful because it gave MSNBC’s Chris Hayes the benefit of the doubt. (Hayes is not a fan of the Electoral College, if you could guess.)
In today’s Greensboro News & Record, we have another view of the Electoral College: it’s racist:
Racism exists within multitudinous levels of intent or expression. When rural white people advocate maintaining the Electoral College, it’s a racist notion.
When urban dwellers promote “One man one vote,” white people around here hear it as “mob rule” and claim the Electoral College was created to avoid just that.
But our country has changed considerably since the time only white male landowners voted.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Brooklyn’s “nasty” representative, stated: “Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a ‘one person one vote’ system, where all our votes are counted equally.”
North Carolina is embarrassed globally for our unrepresentative House elections: with 47% of the public voting Democratic, the Democrats manage to elect only three of our state’s 13 representatives.
Fortunately there was pushback in the comments section, which proves that there are N&R readers shoving away Ocasio-Cortez’ ‘everything is racism’ spoonfed gruel. And while I’m at it, let me share a little secret—I thought the 2016 election would turn the opposite way it did–Trump would win the popular vote but Hillary Clinton would take the Electoral College vote. I believed enough people were so motivated by Trump’s message that they would turn out in droves to vote for him, but it would not be enough to overcome the Electoral College’s winner-take-all system. While I would have been disappointed at the outcome, I would have accepted it, knowing full well it’s the way this wonderful country was designed. I wish I could say the same for others, such as Harry Holdorf of Murphy.