Since November 8, 2016 after Donald Trump became President thought-leaders in the Black community have expressed the imperative need for us to unite in this era of Trump. The day after he won the election Black America was filled with despair, anger, fear and depression. Many of us went to Twitter to voice our outrage and sadness of the election results. At this time many activists took to social media and various medians to attempt to feel us with hope that we could survive whatever Trump might throw at us.
It’s been a little over a year and the Black community has ___? Well it’s kind of hard to quantify what Trump’s Presidency has meant for Black people. Throughout Trump’s year in office he has made more than a few questionable comments toward the Black community. He told us before he was elected “What do you have to lose” by electing him. Well as we approach the end of his first year as president we’ve all noticed we have a lot to lose. Including but not limited to health care, unfair immigration laws and one of his most recent atrocities the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The act also cuts income tax rates, doubles the standard deduction, and eliminates personal exemptions.
Donald Trump has offered grand gestures, questionable policies, and more than a few empty promises. He promised to rid inner cities of crime, invest in education for black public schools and HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).
When Trump toured The National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. last year, he guaranteed he would confront racism and create a bond of unity for America for what he claimed was a “divided country.” After the August 2017 highly-publicized white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Many politicians and political pundits believed that Trump would publicly condemn the white supremacist groups for their actions in Charlottesville. However, as many of us know by now this was not the case. Now a year into Trump’s chaotic presidency, there are few signs at least publicly that Trump is focused on racial healing or any of the pre-election promises to African-Americans.
There is a case to be made that yes Trump or as many of us refer to him “45” presidency has allowed for many Black people to realize that America is still a country created on the idea of keeping Black people marginalized and at the bottom of the totem pole. Some would suggest during the Obama administration African-American’s became comfortable with just having a Black president that we did not realize that America was not a “post-racial society” which some had believed. With the disparities in wealth in America between Black and whites from income to housing policies it is easy to tell race has not been taken off the table in American society. The book Color of Law by Richard Rothstein argues that segregation in America did not in the 1960’s, but still exists today and is the byproduct of obvious government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Therefore, you make ask yourself has Trump united Black people and the answer is yes. Although we would like for him not to be president he caused a major shift especially in Black millennials to become more interested in politics, activism and social injustice within their communities. By getting evolved in organizations like Black Youth Project and Black Lives Matter young people all over the country are becoming more active in the future of America.
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