By Regina Bolton. Regina is a Social Justice Activist, Mental Health Advocate, & Political correspondent for various Progressive Movements including @Dactivst
” America, If our lives matter equally then it’s up to white folks to become uncomfortable. Not just sit passively in that discomfort, but become proactive. “
Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States . His notorious campaign slogan was ‘Make America Great AGAIN.’
Let’s just process and digest that truth.
Anyone who pays attention to Trump knows that this is coded language.
For many people of color in this country the sentiment is that America has yet to reach its potential of greatness.
As a black woman who despises Trump, I have interpreted the phrase to mean something very cryptic and dangerous.
In other words let’s go back to the good old days when the negro knew their place and stayed in it.
Now let’s not exaggerate or embellish the power of Trump. Racism clearly has always existed this country was founded off of it and formed by it.
The hatred you see today reaffirms how racism never left this country continues to acknowledge the depths how much of this country is still racist. Not only does this denial continue to divide this country but it does irreparable damage to the victims of it.
Obama’s presidency elevated in height and the racial divide there were those who felt the black man wasn’t fit to occupy the White House as commander and chief it was okay to build the White House as a slave but never did these people imagine that a black man would become the leader of the free world these angry faces were forced to watch, hear and begrudgingly see this man lead this country for not just one term but two!
Can you imagine the hatred building brewing within for 8 years?
These folks latched onto Trump because he validated their cynicism and hatred from race, the birther issue, to blatantly questioning the citizenship of President Obama!
These supporters are emboldened with stupidity and are elated that Trump speaks for them. He voices their deepest anguish and antipathy for people of color and immigrant, he is their voice and yes he is their president.
The attitudes of those who love and hate Donald Trump feel right fully validated however those who aren’t his base don’t despise him for the color of his skin. If anything we despise him for what comes out of his mouth, what he tweets.
Who he surrounds himself around and who he appoints within his council. We abhor the legislation he proposes and who it solely helps, the 1%. Sadly whats most jarring is his blatant disregard for facts, his outright ignorance on policy and lack of comprehension regarding government and the role government play.
As evident as it appears to the rest of the country, he refuses to distance or disconnect from his racists supporters.
This is a large part of his base. From his infamous Twitter meltdowns and his inability to utilize self control and restraint.
These numerous truths are the very reasons we hold for disliking him.
Trump supporters cannot say the same thing. The reasons that Trump supporters despise Obama is because of the color of his skin Point Blank. Their anger has absolutely nothing to do with policy.
More than likely many Trump supporters are the same folks who proudly call the police on the harmless black people doing basic things.
These black folks aren’t breaking any laws, they’re going about their day-to-day activities in peace. However these amped up white folks are somehow suspicious of these basic activities that everybody does.
When we do these things, we’re perceived as a threat , once again it’s not our behavior that makes us the threat it’s the color of our skin alone it does that.
I’ve noticed an increase of hate crimes while justice for victims has decreased.
Someone asked me if I believed Trump being President brought about anything positive?
My response is that it has.
His presidency has positively reaffirmed & solidified what black people have been been saying for years.
What we’ve already known.
And that is racism is just as strong and thriving just as much as it did in the 60s.
What this presidency can do is it can force this country to re-examine its moral conscience and decide.
Suppress the problem and stifle progress or address it head-on without concern of white fragility interfering.
We’re either going to concern ourselves with fragile feelings and go backwards, forfeiting any progress we have made.
Or we can care MORE about black lives being taken.
I believe that it’s not up to African Americans to stop racism.
That’s not our job, our job is just to survive. We did not create racism. We did not create the belief. We do not benefit from it.
Sadly, we are the victims of it. If our lives matter equally then it’s up to white folks to become uncomfortable. Not just sit passively in that discomfort but become proactive. To not remain silent and on the sidelines when these atrocities occur.
To not allow family and friends to continue upholding these negative beliefs & become fearless. Knowing it’s ok to be uncomfortable. That’s your conscience and it’s good to have one. It’s up to them to prove that they are not their ancestors.
This country future is at stake it’s not up to us black folks anymore because we’ve been screaming it from the rooftops about these Injustice for decades.
As much as we continue to cry black lives matter there is just as much of an effort to silence opposition and silence us too.
America, If Black Lives MATTER in the way you claim they do, prove it.
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