Down here it’s just winners and losers
And don’t get caught on the wrong side of that line
–Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”
Personally, I will lose nothing if Donald Trump wins.
I am a white man. I was born in America. I grew up in one of eight towns in the nation, plus the KKK, whose newspaper has endorsed Donald Trump for president.
The people who will lose if Donald Trump wins are not white. They are not men. They were not born in America. They did not grow up in small Midwestern towns whose newspapers endorsed Donald Trump for president.
Why do I care if these people lose if Donald Trump wins?
I care because unlike them, I have layers of support when I fall. I have family who will catch me. I have health insurance through my employer. I have an employer. I have credit cards and I have a house and I have white skin.
Many of these things I was born with. Others are the result of some effort, yes, but mostly what I was born with. But not everyone was born with these things. These are the people I worry about if Donald Trump wins.
It is well documented why I have these worries. These things are clear to me. I don’t know why they aren’t clear to everyone, but many believe that they, themselves, will lose if Hillary Clinton wins.
Indeed, many think that they have already lost, and that Donald Trump will make them winners again.
Maybe he will. But I can’t stop thinking about about those who will lose.
And it won’t be me, or a lot of the people I know.
But that’s not enough to make me stop thinking about everyone who will lose if Donald Trump wins.