Yeah, Trump’s victory depressed me for a day or two.
But I’m over that shit now. Life goes on and I’m going to live it. We are gonna be alright.
Besides, this is just history repeating itself.
Whenever Blacks and other oppressed groups make progress there is a backlash from white people who feel threatened.
The same thing happened after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Blacks were making progress too quickly so white folks had to introduce segregation to put us back in our place.
After the Civil Rights victories of the 1960s whites again had to put us back in our “place.” So for years blacks have been oppressed by the prison-industrial complex, the War on Drugs and on and on.
Then the nation elected a mixed race president with a Black wife and children not once but twice. And was about to bring a woman into power. And had given gay people more rights than they ever had before.
There was no way insecure white males were going to have that. Even their women sided with them.
So America’s history has always been two steps forward and one and half steps back. And two steps forward, and one and half steps back. Like a sick kind of waltz.
So now we have Trump. A man who has filed bankruptcy again and again. Who refuses to show his tax returns. Who has been married three times (why was the moral majority silent on this?). Who ran a campaign based on hate and was endorsed by the KKK. Who has never held elective office before. Who has a homophobic vice president who despite all scientific evidence to the contrary believes you can use psychological therapy to make gay folks straight.
Do you think such an unqualified Black, or Hispanic or female would have gotten elected. This is white male privilege writ large.
But don’t worry. We will get through this.
When he comes for our health care coverage, a woman’s right to control her body and health, your same-sex marriage rights, brings back stop and frisk to harass African Americans, and on and on you are going to see people rise up.
There are already protests popping up around the nation.
Too bad folks didn’t rise up, swallow their dislike or indifference for Hillary Clinton, and go to the polls and vote for the best candidate. It might have avoided all the mess that is to come.
But better late than never.