What is wrong with people?
How do I explain this to my children?’: Van Jones gives voice to the ‘nightmare’ some are feeling
As the election results so clearly highlighted, America is a sharply divided country.
Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States has been called many things — “unprecedented,” “shocking” and “stunning” among them.
Many, though, described the election with different words as it relates to women and people of color: failure, “disaster,” “living nightmare.”
You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain that they need to be extra careful if pulled over by the police. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain how we descended from slaves. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain Jim Crow. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain the reasons for the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain how Muhammad Ali was punished for refusing to allow himself to be drafted to fight in Vietnam. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain the school-to-prison pipeline. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain why there are millions of Black people sitting in the new slave pens otherwise known as prisons. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain why the Ku Klux Klan never disbanded and why other white supremacist groups spawned and their membership has been growing steadily in recent years. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain why an avowed white supremacist shot and killed nine Black people while they were attending Bible Study in their church in South Carolina. You explain Donald Trump to your children the same way you explain why it took a law to finally remove a flag from the state capitol building in South Carolina that represents slavery, racism, prejudice, bigotry; the whole nine yards and you can go even further by explaining Donald Trump with the truth about how this country came to be in existence. And how flaming hypocrites who owned slaves told lie after lie about ‘free men’ while enslaving people who look like you. That’s for starters.
As Black people, we have been living with and putting up with Donald Trumps and those like him since we were first dragged to this shithole and so why now are you wondering just how are you going to explain something that has been in existence all this time? Donald Trump and those like him are nothing new and if you are Black, you know this. So don’t now pretend that everything was just hunky dory before Donald Trump arrived on the scene and fucked up the day. Our day was already fucked up and Hillary Clinton and her philandering husband helped to fuck it up. Hillary Clinton was not going to save the day for Black people because if that was her intent, then why did she back her husband’s policies that imprisoned so many Black people on bullshit charges and made sure that they would not see the light of day for decades for being arrested for having a plant in their possession? Don’t sit on your ass and try and pretend that Hillary Clinton was any different from Donald Trump when they are both cut from the same racist cloth. I would rather deal with an honest racist than a pretentious one and that is what Hillary Clinton is; a pretentious racist. Donald Trump is at least honest in that he knows he’s a racist and has no problem stating that fact. Again, Black people have been dealing with this shit for as long as we have been in America and Donald Trump is most definitely nothing new to us. What more could he possibly do to us? Imprison us? Done! Make us homeless? Done! Cause us to lack adequate healthcare? Done! Cause us to become victims of gentrification? Done! Impoverish us? Done! Make sure that the Klan makes up the police force all across this shithole? Done! What the hell else can Donald Trump do to us that’s not already been done?
What the hell are you afraid of? We have been oppressed since day one and that will never change no matter who is at the helm of this lopsided, sinking, stinking shithole barge. Did that shit cease when that half and half, Barack Obama was elected? Hell no! We have been living with racists, bigots and ignorance since the original slaves were dragged here. Why are you acting or pretending as though you don’t understand this? You really don’t have to explain a goddamn thing to your children because no Black child will ever be completely shielded from racism, bigotry, prejudice and hate from whites no matter how much we wish we could protect them from ugly ass reality; a reality for all Black people in America.
If the Mexicans are afraid because Donald Trump has proposed the building of a wall to keep them out, that’s their problem. If the Muslims are afraid because Donald Trump considers them to be terrorists, that’s their problem. If gays are afraid of Donald Trump because he is not waving the rainbow flag back and forth and intending to light the White House up in rainbow colors, that’s their problem. If women are afraid of Donald Trump for his statements, that’s their problem. They need to grow a pair and realize that it’s their men who overwhelmingly voted Donald Trump into office. None of you do I care about. I am not afraid of Donald Trump just as I am not afraid of his racist supporters because I have been living amongst them my entire life. So, why be afraid now? The fear mongers are out in full force already. They are always at it.
Did you ever stop to think that it may be that millions of people voted for Donald Trump simply because they were fed up with the status quo and saw him as an alternative; a first step to change? We ALL know that nothing would have changed had Hillary Clinton descended to the presidency. Not a damn thing would have changed and I do believe that her presidency would have put us more at risk for nuclear war than Donald Trump will. Black people voted for Donald Trump just as White people voted for Barack Obama. Why must we make everything about race? David Duke and his filth are claiming that they are the reasons Donald Trump was elected. I somehow doubt that, but if he wants to claim it, so be it. But I know one thing, I am glad, GLAD that when I woke up this morning, Hillary Clinton was preparing her concession speech. I went to bed last night more fearful of a Hillary Clinton presidency than I ever was of a Donald Trump presidency and I was so fearful that I went to bed early, put the bottle of champagne away because I was just too despondent for words or to waste on a good bottle of champagne. Today? That’s a different story. When I turned the computer on and saw that Donald Trump had been elected, for the first time in my life, my mouth was open, my eyes were wide and I just sat just like that for over half an hour in absolute disbelief. Then I laughed until the tears freely flowed because all I could think of is that yesterday, I had planned to write Hillary Clinton’s concession speech and post it, but I thought that I would be jinxing things. That is just how much I hated the thought of Hilda beast getting elected.
Where do you go from here? I don’t know. But I do know where I go. I go the same place I’ve been going. I go to help people. I go to be a part of the solution. I go into tomorrow because until there is no tomorrow, the same people who need me to help them yesterday, need my help today and tomorrow and I will not wallow in misery over this election. I will do what I set out to do. Roll up my sleeves and help those who have long since been forgotten by all presidents; past and present, including that lying, hypocritical, warmongering, piece of horse dung that’s about to show us the back of his heels as he exits 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and who should have been evicted from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, four years ago. Good riddance! You will not be missed! Your ‘legacy’, if we can call it that, will show that you share a spot with the other presidents in history who are considered to be the worst of the lot. Obama waited until the last possible second to commute sentences of people who should not be in prison. He waited until the last possible minute to do anything when he had eight years to get the ball rolling on making sweeping changes that would have made a difference. He was voted in for that express purpose and what did he do? Pissed it away. He was given a chance by an overwhelming majority and he pissed on us all and the democrats still thought that they were going to continue to piss on people and tell them that it was raining? Black people as well as white people and all other people should have did exactly what was done, got rid of the old guard and tried to herald in a new. This is a beginning. America has spoken. America elected Donald Trump; White, Black, Atheist, Christian, Latino, Muslim, Indian, men and women all voted for Donald Trump, not just white bigots in hoods and sheets, burning crosses.
And for the record, tears are still streaming down my face, not because of fear but because Hilda beast and her pantsuits can now get the hell out of my face! If she ever runs for president again, I hope that she does not stand a snow ball’s chance in hell of winning! To those who supported her, cry me a river!
“Hilda beast, here’s to your loss! Thank God!”