For me, the recent US Presidential election brought a double dose of good news. Not only did Donald Trump lose overall, but the Democrats saw a reduced share of the racial minority, female and LGBT votes. These two points probably sound contradictory: allow me to explain.
I have a soft spot for black conservatives, although I should point out here that I’m neither black nor conservative. In fact, for many years, until a decade ago, I was a left-wing activist and blogger. Now, I guess I’d be roughly classified as “centrist”, and I try to stay as far away from the toxic extremes of left and right as possible. Politics has changed dramatically in recent years, and many things have happened over the past decade to shift my political position away from the Left. One of those things was encountering a young woman on Twitter, who I’ll refer to here as Samantha, and who later became a friend. Samantha is a black British woman and, at the time I first encountered her, she was a loud fan of Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, and a leading figure in the emerging right-wing Tea Party movement (the movement that later fed strongly into the Trump phenomenon).
This infuriated me. I loathed Palin, who appeared to appeal to the most regressive instincts of rural, conservative, white America.
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