“What do we really think?”
From the early 1600’s through the late 1800’s Black people were enslaved in the United States of America. From the late 1800’s through the 1960’s, we went through a time of being considered second class citizens. Even after the 1960’s were times of police brutality, drug epidemics, welfare, and public housing systems. So now that Donald Trump is the president of the country, all these new groups are now going through the problems that we have talked about for years. So what do Black people think about what the Middle Eastern community, Hispanics, women that are non-Black, and Gays of other ethnic group are going through in America today?
It’s interesting because we don’t really have a real stance on Donald Trump. Part of it, is that we look at other groups who felt we were making up excuses, are now starting to see. For instance, Hispanics are facing a a wall being built between this country and Mexico. But back in the day, trains would be driven through Black neighborhoods, cutting us off from resources on the other side which was predominantly White. So a wall is nothing new to us. Muslims from the Middle East, forced into temporary sitting places, such as airports across the country. Not allowed to gain access into the country, many of which were already United States citizens. We know all too well about being told you’re not welcome in a country where so many fought in the military.
So in our eyes as the Black community, we are not the least bit afraid of Donald Trump. As a matter of fact, people call him a racist, but he doesn’t crack the top 25. Because when you look at the map of presidents, our first nearly 20 were slave owners, including Abraham Lincoln. So in our minds, Trump has been the least of our concern. This does not mean we are complacent with who he is, a lot of us don’t agree with him. But the fear from Black people is long behind us. Meaning the worst has past, and there is no more you can do that we haven’t experienced. We lost names, religious beliefs, homelands, rights, and just an overall sense of self. Yet we are still standing strong in this country. So the fear as I said before is from others.
So in the end, Black feel we’ll be alright. And as far as Trump, this too shall past over. Because if he presents the slightest threat to even his constituency, they’ll turn on him. And as desperate as people are for work, it could happen. America has always had someone in the White House that was either very beloved or very disliked. But the country still managed to chug along, and we’ll do the same with Trump as president.