We needed something more than a caricature of blackness. We wanted more than a cool walk, a voice with a soulfully southern twang, and a Cosby Show-esque picture perfect family. We didn't need someone who simply looked like us. We needed someone who would fight for us, an advocate, and an ally. Unfortunately, I'm still not sold on the idea that we found one in Barack Obama.
Americans, more specifically African Americans, stand to take significant losses in every facet of life under a Donald Trump presidency. Rather it be through the dismantling of constitutionally granted rights, the abolishment of administrative and legal checks and balances, or even the loss of peace of mind among the black community, Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate to the health and well-being of the African American community since the civil rights movement ended. It doesn't matter what paid "help" you parade in front of the camera to paint yourself as Black Jesus, we don't believe you.
In typical fashion, you've shown up late to the party again. Except this time, your grand entrance - quite frankly - sucker. You thought you had your timing down, but in reality, this party was popping 2 years ago. So now, you're stuck with what's left... and you're real pissy about it. Now, all of a sudden, the system is broken. The very same system you've been pimping for the last 8 years. The very same system that Obama exploited to the max in his run for office. Now, it's the corporate donors fault. Now the DNC is corrupt. NOW we need a new system... Throw the baby out with the bath water.
This election cycle has the potential to break the GOP stranglehold that has brought the legislative branch to be the unpopular face of political inactivity that it is today. I argue that if Democrats do win the battle of the Senate and become the majority, Bernie Sanders may be the very person to sit at the head the Democratic legislative chambers. Bear with me...
There was no way The Donald would emerge from the circus that was the GOP nomination process on top. Until he did...
Now, a year later, and less than three months from the Republican convention, Donald Trump is the King of the Party. With the exit of his primary combatant from the fight - the even more extreme Ted Cruz - the flailing-haired is now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. So now that the circus has transitioned from boardwalk freak show to the big top, what now? Where do we go from here?
While many of the efforts of states to suppress minority votes have been highly publicized, the most widely ignored form of restrictive voter legislation has been the implementation and strengthening of voter purge policies across the country. During the New York primary election, more than 100,000 eager Brooklyn residents braved long lines only to find out that their names - unbeknownst to them - had been removed from the eligible voter list. Depending on the state in which you reside, if you failed you participate in the 2014 Midterm election, you may face the same fate.
As the primary season carries on, it becomes more evident that the uphill battle Sanders faces in acquiring the Democratic nomination is becoming increasingly insurmountable. In an effort to reshape the nomination, an new movement among Sanders followers has been to adopt the "Bernie or Bust" mantra. The threat to sit out the 2016 general election, should Bernie Sanders not receive the Democratic nomination, is gaining steam among Sanders supporters, and, by the looks of social media commentary, the pledge has taken root in the Black community as well. For Black Democrats, a blanket disavowal of Clinton support, should she be the eventual nominee, is hustling backwards.
I find it laughable when the media touts Clinton's "deep roots in the Black community". But its (partly) our fault. At a time when a Black President seemed the greatest impossibility in the country, the Black community became overly anxious, and labeled the closest thing we'd seen up until then "White Chocolate". The media expects us to rush to to repeat that same mistake again.
It takes a special kind of person to support Donald Trump.
The Republican establishment is running in circles attempting to pinpoint exactly where this unsuspected surge of support has come from - for a candidate who, for all intents and purposes, is about as unpolitical, unconventional, and traditionally unfavorable as any Presidential candidate in this countries.