Here Is What A Donald Trump Presidency Means for Black Americans
Donald Trump, the savior of the Coors Lite drinking, gun toting, lets-bring-back-Jim-Crow hollering white supremacist hordes will be the President of the United States of America. The world collectively gasped in horror when Trump overwhelmingly defeated Hillary Clinton in what may well be the end of civilized American politics as we know it.
According to exit polls, the majority of your white friends voted for the man who took out a full page ad against 5 melanated men who were cleared of a rape in Central Park by DNA evidence. Yes, the same guy who called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, for the expulsion of all undocumented migrants,the man who branded Mexicans as “rapists” and was accused of mocking the disabled – Trump called for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York following a horrific rape case in which five teenagers were wrongly convicted. You can read the full page ad that Trump paid $80,000 to print by clicking here.
So what does a Trump presidency have in store for us, and what can we do about it as members of the Black Conscious community? Here are a few predictions.
Donald Trump Will Become The Law
Donald Trump will be the primary law maker in the nation. The entire House and Senate are currently under Republican control. The Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia will be filled by President Trump. He will most likely appoint men like Sheriff David Clarke to positions of power like Attorney General. These positions all answer to, or are influenced directly by the President. While the division of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government were designed to prevent such influence, Trump has inherited a perfect storm of circumstances that will give him power that most other Presidents would have to work diligently for.
Trump’s negative influence on the law would extend beyond the borders of the United States. He has called America’s participation in NATO “stupid”, and doubled down on his commitment to leave the alliance in what some have called ‘America’s Brexit’.
Donald Trump Will Be Reagan 2.0
Ronald Reagan (whose 1980 campaign slogan was ‘Make American Great Again’) was one of the worst things to happen to the Black community since Jim Crow. In fact, we credit Reagan with creating policies that led to the new Jim Crow – an age of mass incarceration and disenfranchisement wrapped in the cloak of the war on drugs. Trump has repeatedly invoked Reagan’s name as his inspiration for policies that his presidency would advocate. We should take this seriously.
Remember, Ronald Reagan had opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He refused to sign a bill that extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years until a grass-roots lobbying and legislative campaign forced him to do so. Then later in 1988 he vetoed the Civil Rights Restoration Act, but his veto was overridden by Congress. Donald Trump may succeed where Reagan failed because as we mentioned he will exercise control over every branch of government.
The Rich Will Get Richer
When the American economy catches a cold, the Black economy catches the flu. Economic turmoil has always disproportionately and negatively impacted the Black community, and if the very first hours of his Presidency are any indicator, the economy is about to be in a shit-storm. As soon as it became apparent that Donald Trump would be president, global markets plunged. The Dow lost 500 points overnight. Analysts who were bullish on the economy started selling like the Great Depression was at hand. Under circumstances like these, the rich slash jobs and employ the same strategies that Trump himself used to get rich in the first place.
So while Trump will likely follow in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan and his “trickle-down” economic policies, we should note that the ‘trickle’ starts at the top, and rarely is there any left by the time it reaches the bottom.
What Black Americans Can Do
Trump may very well declare war on the Black community through his laws, but by declaring and fighting for our sovereignty, we can defend ourselves within the borders of our own territories. Donald Trump’s presidency will be a disaster for the Black community unless we learn the lessons from our past and take responsibility for our own destinies. The American economy may fail, but by creating and supporting Black owned businesses, we can survive and thrive in their turmoil.
Trump is not your President. America is not your nation. Their laws still consider you as 3/5 of a person and their Amendments still hold provisions making you a slave. In the past we have begged them to let us participate in their system. We have marched and cried “Black lives matter!” to get others to respect our right to dignified treatment. And still, with the election of Donald Trump, white America has shown us its moral compass. They have made it clear that they will stand against anything that is contrary to their way of life. We must do the same.
We cannot stand against tyranny as individuals. Join United Black America, and help us build the future of Black History. America has shown you where it stands. Now the time has come for you to take a stand for yourself.