Here are my thoughts.
Like many of you, I’m still in a slight state of panic. However, I’m not too surprised. Donald Trump is this country’s new President, despite his numerous – and I do mean numerous flaws, shortcomings and examples of his overwhelming ignorance, the same traits pathetically found within most of his disciples.
Will I watch Trump getting inaugurated into office? Maybe. Maybe not. Those who won’t, I don’t blame you. Those who are but don’t care about Trump will do so to see how it goes out or curiosity to see what happens. Those who adore him will no doubt enjoy this as they see it as the first day of making America ‘great’ again.
Now, before any possible trolling from Trump supporters begin, which will probably be loaded with elementary school-grade name calling and racism, subtle or overt, I want to say that Barack Obama was not perfect either. But compared to Trump, he was still a gentleman. And sadly, the average Trump voter sees that as a huge problem.
Barack Obama is a successful black man who became the most powerful politician in the nation. That’s a major problem to them. It’s big enough that people on the right are willing to make up and(or) believe any lie and conspiracy theory, and instead of criticizing his policies with genuine insight and information, they prefer to unleash their inner Klansman spirits and call him and his family every racist name in the book, even make some up if need be.
“But they are not racist,” they claim.
People call Obama a divisive president who ignited racism as if it magically began in November of 2008. (Most of those who make that claim unwittingly exposed their racial hatred towards the former Commander-in-Chief.) But who’s the one who mentioned building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border? Who wants to keep Muslims out of the country? Who keeps referring to black people as “the blacks” and that we all live in the inner city?
And we need not to bring up the obvious that if Obama was accused of half the shit Trump is accused of, not only would he had never been got so much as a nomination, he would likely be in prison. Again, Obama was not perfect. But after learning about Trump’s racism, misogyny, sexual harassment and Islamophobia, I’d rather have four more years of Obama. Hell, he can stay in the White House for as long as he lives. Turn the White House into the Black House, dammit!
I’m joking here.
But seriously, the nervousness that blacks and other marginalized people in this society feel is not without good reason. Though we are told different by ‘privileged’ folks who not only don’t truly know, but don’t wish to hear about our struggles. Some of them believe they are in worst shape than we. And as such transformed fear and hatred into ‘virtues’. To them it’s necessary to look down on those who are worse off than they are. They think they not only deserve the best, but that they are the best as far as human race goes.
As far as black people go, we’ve endured that crap for what seemed like eons now. With Trump beginning his term as President of the United States, it’s nothing new that half of this nation would walk to the ends of the earth for this man, because he embodies all that they admire: hatred, ignorance, wealth, a fragile male ego, whiteness, an overprivleged human being with no fucks given about who he hurts.
As I’ve said several times, Trump is their savior, a wealthy white male who shares the same disdain they do about all they consider is ‘wrong’ with this country. He’s their messiah who came back to save America – from us.
But here’s the thing, and it may sound unbelievable, but many black people love this country. We love this country more than Trump and his followers. Why? In a sense, we’re its conscience. We’re the little angels on America’s shoulders telling it what it should do to better itself and its people. While this nation listened and has definitely improved, it still refuses to fully reflect on its sins. Trump being President is that time where America decided to listen to the little devils on the opposite shoulder. And if you watch cartoons, you always know that what happens next isn’t good.
However, black people will survive. Humanity will survive. We will likely have to fight harder than ever, but we will make it. Black people are survivors. We always have been ever since we were kidnapped from our homeland. And we will survive the Trump era no matter what it takes.
What say you?