We woke up this morning, literally and figuratively, to a new regime. The hillbillies have spoken. To all the self-righteous and indignant citizens who decided to sit this election out, do a write-in or vote for a nominee from one of the other parties, Donald J. Trump is our President-elect. He is the victor in the most contentious, vitriolic and misogynistic race to the White House our country has ever witnessed. Trump will assume our nation’s highest office on Friday, January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Donald’s inauguration marks the commencement of his first four-year term of as President of the United States and Mike Pence as Vice President. A big move for the reality TV community sans those stars who publicly denounced him.
One of our soon-to-be commander in chief’s early morning tweets on Wednesday, Nov. 9, following his victory, read like this: “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before”
Along with his shocking victory, where he assumed 279 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 228, Republicans have control of Congress and are sure to reverse most if not all of the advancements made under the Obama administration over the past eight years. With a Senate majority of 51 compared to the Democrats’ 47 seats, and a House majority of 239 to the Democrats’ 193, we must pay attention.
There’s the vacant seat on the Supreme Court following the passing of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia. It will be filled with a Trump appointment and speculatively Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat if she dares to retire in the next four years.
Our nation’s next Attorney General will be a Trump-appointee. This is really big for the Black and Latino community to pay attention to because s/he serves as the head of the United States Department of Justice, concerned with legal affairs, is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. If Trump really plans to effect change for all, the “forgotten man,” mass incarceration should be on the First 100 Days’ checklist.
Should we fear the impending Trump administration? In a sense, yes. Only when fear is a motivator, a catalyst for positive change. Not in the sense where it’s paralyzing.
As NAACP national president and CEO Cornell William Brooks said in his statement to press, ” The NAACP must bluntly note that the 2016 campaign has regularized racism, standardized anti-Semitism, de-exceptionalized xenophobia and mainstreamed misogyny. Voter suppression, as the courts have declared, has too become rampant and routine.
“…we are now calling upon the next president to speak and act with the moral clarity necessary to silence the dog-whistle racial politics that have characterized recent months and have left many of our fellow citizens snarling at one another in anger and even whimpering in fear. The more than 120 million Americans who cast ballots in this election – as well as the more than 100 million more eligible voters who declined to vote – deserve no less.
“Our beauty as a country shines brighter than the ugliness of this election. It is up to all of us to reveal the beauty of who we are as a people as we yet see the possibilities of the nation we can become.”