Read the New York Times article “Trump’s Racial Time Machine.” To Whom, to What and Where in the African American community will the Trump Administration spoils be granted? African Americans want parity with white Americans, but why don’t we comprehend, 150 years after the end of slavery, that our welfare is not a priority of those who govern the United States? Until this realization sinks in, this age old idiom will remain “You got a fool, bump its head!”
On November 6, 2016, I posed a question to my readers: “What do we take away from the 2016 Presidential Election?” So far there’s been literally not one response. The article was posted on FB, too, where I assumed my almost 1,600 FB friends have had access to reading the article. My intention was to stir some conversation about the potential options African Americans have in securing a stable life for self and the children of tomorrow. Do we as a people lack the capacity to claim and secure a stable future for ourselves and that of African American children?
Over the past 40 years, I have published Routes Magazine, A Guide to African American Culture because of my great love and respect for our innumerable contributions to world culture. But the more important needed achievement that of family and financial stability has eluded our community. To say that racism hasn’t played a major part in our lack of progress would be laughable, however, we too play a significant role in our instability: We do not build institutions and we have not learned, as a community, that we MUST work together.
Now election day is over and the Donald Trump is president-elect. There exists the possibility that African American’s status in the United States could fall back to the days before the 13th Amendment (1865). —Ronn