I thought 2016 couldn’t possibly get any worse but alas, the results of the 2016 presidential election proved me wrong.
This whole election had been a draining process for me. I was not impressed with either presidential candidate–Trump nor Clinton, for various reasons. Despite my grievances toward Clinton, I suspected that she would easily take this presidency. Compared to Trump, she is the only qualified candidate. Trump has had no military or political experience prior to his presidential campaign. I thought Hillary was the obvious choice.
I was wrong.
When I saw that Donald Trump had been elected for president, my mouth went completely dry and my heart sank. A tear even escaped down my cheek. I could not believe my eyes. Trump has actually been elected as our next president. White America showed out in huge numbers in support of Trump, showing their true colors. Including the same white women who were praising the racist suffragette, Susan B. Anthony for giving them the right to vote. I guess the goal was to be able to vote for someone who would maintain their white privilege but tarnish their delicate womanhood *shrugs*.
But let me digress and make something abundantly clear: Donald Trump is not my president. I do not care what the polls say. You will never hear the words “President Trump” fall from my lips. I will not put any kind of respect on Trump’s name.
Trump is the epitome of white cishet male privilege. He has no political experience but was able to convince millions of people to join him in his fight to “make America great again.” As if America has been great before. He has had rape allegations brought against him and he is to go on trial for sexual assault next month. How in the world are you still taken seriously as a presidential candidate when you’re a rapist? When you’re a rich, white, cishet man, apparently nothing can stop you–not even having a rape charge pending against you.
Along with Trump’s streak with sexually assaulting women, he’s xenophobic and racist. He constantly refers to Black Americans as “The African-Americans” who live in the “inner city.” Can someone ask Trump what is the “inner city” and if he’s actually been there? Can someone also inform him that the Black community is not limited to Chicago and we live outside of the “inner city” as well…Trump has also called Mexicans rapists (Irony, gotta love it) and said he would build a giant wall to block them and other immigrants out. He has also criminalized and demonized Muslims.
I’m not surprised by the results of the polls. White America showed that they prioritize upholding their privilege and supremacy more than anything else–even if they have to be self-sacrificial. Even if that means, poor whites will have to continue to be marginalized by economic oppression and classism. At the end of the day, their need to exercise their hatred and bigotry is all that matters. Not the lives of women and Black, Brown, LGBT+, Muslim people.
There is no one to blame but white supremacy. It is not the fault of third party voters or non-voters that a bigot is now the president. It is the fault of White Americans and the warped POC who voted him in. Let’s make that clear. We are being counterproductive if we sit here and blame people who didn’t even vote for Trump.
I’m not interested in white liberals apologizing to me or any other people of marginalized groups. I don’t want to hear your apologies. Either fund us and our movements that seek to obtain justice or get out of my way. If you’re not going to use your privilege to actively dismantle white supremacy, I don’t want to hear anything you have to say.
Despite my disbelief, anger, and sadness, I will not let this get me down. If my ancestors could survive the middle passage, I can survive a Trump presidency. My pride in my heritage has not been diluted. It is stronger than ever before. Black Americans prevail no matter what. White supremacy may continue to knock us two steps back when we take a step forward but we always manage to hop right back up. I will harbor the courage, audacity, and tenacity of the Black women before me. I will conjure all the Black girl magic I have within me and continue to do what I know how to do best–retaliate with art.
I will not let this shoot me down. I believe that we will win.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
— Assata Shakur