The Washington Post’s global opinion editor Karen Attiah, declared black women to be the “ideal American voter” and said they have been wrongfully ignored in favor of “the white working class,” Monday in an op-ed.
Attiah wrote lawmakers and the media should redirect their agenda to focus more on “issues that affect black women,” and claimed the pivot would help the rest of America, including President Donald Trump’s voters.
Despite her call for inclusiveness, Attiah also chose to put quotation marks around words such as “lost” and “forgotten” when referring to Trump voters and quoted Ryan Cooper from The Week, after he accused the president of trying to trick people into falling for his “nonsense.”
“Reporters broke out their biggest gun — the long, textured, deeply reported, indulgent profile — and trained it on the people they supposed were responsible for Trump: the white working class. … And for the whole time, they have largely ignored the black and brown working class who never fell for Trump’s nonsense,” Cooper wrote.
Attiah tried to paint black women as being representative of America as a whole, but admitted they have a liberal tilt and claimed more than 90% of them voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.
She goes on to cite Oprah and Serena Williams as being indicative of America’s average black woman, but doesn’t go to great lengths to connect the dots.
For Williams, she mentions how the tennis pro faced complications during the birth of her child and says this represents the need for more health care for black women. With Oprah, her financial success is a symbol of “strides that black women in the Untied States have made in education and business,” and shows how the country should focus more on “helping our small businesses.”
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She then reminded readers of the political power of black women and wrapped things up with a quote from Malcolm X.
“Malcolm X once said, ‘The most neglected person in America is the black woman.’ More than half a century later, that still seems to be the case,” Attiah wrote. “Black women still have unmet needs. But now, more than ever, we have power. We are also the everyman. And it’s time America recognizes it.”
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