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American Presidential Elections

American Presidential Elections

I don't know about y'all but for me the 2016 elections left me exhausted. It also made my dad and I want to discuss some factors of American elections to see if maybe there isn't a better way. So this is that discussion! We talk:

  • How Presidential Candidates are Vetted
  • Length of the Campaign Season
  • Selection of the Vice President
  • Pros & Cons of the Electoral College

Before I wrap up I wanted to say a couple thoughts on President-elect Trump's win. I think Trump's victory not only speaks to the aversion for many of Hillary Clinton being president, but also speaks to misunderstandings on both sides of the political spectrum. On the left, I think it's an implied moral superiority to those who would even consider voting Republican. Being a liberal myself, it's often bothered me how dismissive some people, I agree with politically, can be to even hearing out conservative view points simply because they typically can't see eye-to-eye on social issues, like racism. Because the conservative side hosts a number of people whose public personas are based off saying sexist or racist comments, it feels like liberals & conservatives can't even meet at the table to negotiate ways to solve the country's problems.

Not being a conservative myself it's hard to say what misunderstandings they have, however over the past couple months I've come to know a few people who typically vote Republican and they voted Trump this election.  Based off conversations I've had with them I don't think all Trump voters are sexist racists but I do think there's a misunderstanding on what racism is and how it's difficult to quantify and solve simply by placing a law. If it were that simple then the Civil Rights act of 1964 should have solved everything. Not only is racism burning crosses on a brown person's lawn, but in a larger sense it's making them feel somehow that they're different.

For the racism I face, it's typically when I'm reminded I'm brown and I'm talking to a white person; when I have to pardon my brown. Recently I was on the phone with a customer service rep who was an older white woman and after talking about my issue, she asked me for my name. I told her, I'm Rishi, and she said, "oh wow, you know your name is different but you sound so American." Now some people may say this comment isn't that big of a deal, but what it did is make me feel like somehow I'm strange and alien and I'm intruding on this older white woman's turf, even though I'm born and raised in America. "Oh wow, your name is different but you sound so American". Yeah well, I'm really quite embarrassed to have to ask you to do this, but please...please pardon my brown.


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