The stakes couldn't be higher as the country entered election night and watched polls close across the country. As the most volatile election comes to a close, the potential ramifications are hanging in the air, palpable amongst those that stand to lose the most. The election night tweets from women of color show how important the 2016 election truly is, and why it (sadly) might be too late to rectify the potential consequences of low voter turnout, third party voting and the blatant sexism, racism and xenophobia that has plagued this presidential election for over a year.
Women of color have long been an under-represented demographic in politics, media, and honestly any other mainstream medium of the United States and our patriarchal culture. However, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has seemingly done all he can to ostracize women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and women of color. Whether it's Trump's stance on immigration, his promises to build "a wall," his sexist comments about women — including the infamous Access Hollywood audio of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women — to the allegations that Trump has denied renting and/or doing business with people of color, no potential president of the United States has been more divisive.
Which is why, although it's undeniable that women of color have always been important during any and all presidential elections, they're now the voice of a disenfranchise generation that is being left behind by people who have either failed to vote, decided to vote third party because white privilege affords them the ability, or voters who have no problem aligning themselves with someone who is unapologetically sexist, racist, and xenophobic.
Here are just a few of the many tweets sent by women of color during election night. Their voices are echoing the importance of voting. Their voices are the ones we should all be listening to.
Perhaps voters had miscalculated the racism and sexism that is clearly alive and well in this country. Perhaps individuals who didn't believe it to be particularly important to vote — or thought it best to vote third party or write someone in — didn't consider the potential consequences. Either way, one thing is for certain and is an undeniable fact the collective "we" will have to live with, regardless of how this nail-biting election ends: our country has failed women, people of color and women of color in particular. We, as a country, have failed.