There are always people who predict this or that but time is the only proof of the outcome of events. With 2017 just a few days away, I hear nearly everyone feeling as if the end in near. One of these so-called preachers went so far as to say Jesus is coming back. I would not agree with, but I would hope he will. The mess mankind has made of society and this world I would not want to come back to this either!
I don’t think there is much doubt in the minds of most disaster awaits! I say this because after seeing our first Black president elected, and re-elected, the spectacle of seeing the man who denied President Obama’s citizenship elected to replace him is devastating. Seeing the KKK and Neo-Nazis say how proud they are to have helped elect Donald Trump is disturbing. Seeing a man who openly bragged about sexually assaulting women elected to President against a woman is just plain old ugly.
Most believe that Donald Trump is a terrible human being, but he is white, which is a major trump card. Black people, we know that rule has always applied in America. However, we have endured slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, and horrendous crimes inflicted upon our people – just because of skin color and we survived.
During a period of 341 years, tens of millions of Africans were stolen from their land taken away from their families and transported across the ocean to be forced into slavery. Husbands were ripped from wives, children were separated from their mothers, siblings were sent off not only to different plantations but different nations. Endured the middle passage, suffered 400 years of terror and we survived. Let me say, there are going to be some tough days ahead, yes, and most feel that Donald Trump is a terrible human being, but the fact is we have stared down terrible human beings before and survived.
From the late 1800s until this today, America imposed a Jim Crow system and now a New Jim Crow. We have endured widespread lynching’s, endured water hoses and dogs, beginning trampled by horses, denied the right to vote, and endured humiliation and segregation. More dangerous the modern day for of slavery as a result of the 13th Amendment; mass incarceration and police brutality. They assassinated our leaders; Malcolm, Martin, Medgar Evers and Fred Hampton. Also, COINTELPRO and the systemic government destruction of every civil and human rights movement black people ever built. Also, the genocide of places like Black Wall Street in Tulsa and the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, Hurricane Katrina, years of substandard housing and education.
Whatever they have thrown at us, we have survived. These are just a few of the atrocities inflicted upon black people that we have lived through and we are still here. Of course, it is clear we have “not overcome”! On an optimistic note, do not be afraid. Do not be overcome with worry or dread. Do not allow the possible stress of tomorrow or of the unknown challenges that will surely come our way to keep you in a self-imposed bondage. We have seen Trump like people before!
I am deeply concerned about Trump, but we have faced down tens of thousands of bullies, bad people, and yet lived to tell the story. He is not new. His lies, his ways, his strategies, are not new. They are as old as the world itself but if you allow the threat of what might happen frighten you, yes the end is near – you and black people lose. Unity is the answer! And that’s my thought provoking perspective….