The hate for Donald Trump expressed on social media by blacks is disturbing. It takes me back to 30 March 1981 when I was a freshman at Florida A&M University and we learned about the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. A number of students in the dorm actually made up a dance called “The Ronald Reagan” where you would waive your arm in the air and when someone yelled out “Bang!” you would immediately drop the arm and double over. None of us were Reagan fans, to say the least. Any president advocating the replacement of the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant with loans was getting no love from poor young students who were the first in their families to get a college education. The dislike of his policies, however, did not justify joy in an assassination attempt.
Fast forward to November 2000. I worked in Washington, DC during this time. Black colleagues at my job would express to me in hushed tones their fear of an uncaring newly elected Republican president who they expected would attempt to eliminate their civil rights and suspected stole the election from a Democratic candidate who, ironically, lost his home state and 11 Electoral College votes that may have swung the election his way.
With all the fear generated by the White Left regarding Donald Trump, I have yet to hear any stories of The Orange One sending goose-stepping troops into homes and pulling Ann Frank wannabes out of their attics. And while Mr Trump has talked tough about opening Chinese markets to more American goods, he has not expressed any interest in starting hot wars that disproportionately impact Black American lives given their historic overrepresentation in the United States Armed Services.
I am not offering a defense of Mr Trump. I am exposing the ongoing problem of how pushing the fear button is used to operationalize a collective of people whose only significant tie to one another is a high level of melanin and a pain and suffering narrative that originated on slave ships leaving West Africa and slave plantations in the deep American south. This pain and suffering narrative has been passed down for generations and is as virulent as a strain of Covid. In the immediate term, for any Black person that is aware of the toxicity brought on from the virulent spread of the pain and suffering narrative, political distancing may be in order.
As a good friend of mine shared with me a couple weeks ago, it may be time to stop “repping for race.” Blacks can maintain cultural affiliation without falling in lockstep with White Left social and political goals as repeated by the White Left’s paid agents in Black media. Individualism is in order for members of the Black community. This starts by comparing your household needs with the goody bags that Republicans or Democrats offer. More than likely you will find that their agendas offer you nothing that you couldn’t go out there and negotiate for yourself. Listen very closely and you will hear them reiterate why you should be afraid of the world around you versus how they plan to maintain a platform where you can create your own world or reality.
An individual who faces the world on a secure platform will not exhibit the fear that is easily manipulated by partisan politics, especially from the White Left. Instead of shuddering at the prospect of a Republican president, Blacks should respond with a “meh.”