We Don't Take Care Of Our Own; But They Do
In 2008 Blacks voted for Obama. In the back of a lot of their minds — myself included — he was our president. Not ours as in this nation ours, but ours as in "he's Black, I'm Black." Blacks always have to claim anyone in a role that merits media attention — whether they want to or whether it's imposed on them. If a black man commits a crime, we all committed that crime apparently. So if a Black man wins the presidency, we all won it too. With a Black man taking office, this was the opportunity to make up for hundreds of years of what a certain group of people who run the nation have imposed on Blacks since the days of slaveships. How President elect — at the time — Obama was going to fight and make amends, no one really knew but it was going to happen. That same group was terrified while Blacks were excited.
During Obama's campaign, Black "leaders" rallied behind him and told Blacks to vote. Granted, Blacks traditionally and religiously vote Democratic no matter what, there was still a need to push the vote. This, at the time, was important for all of us because the Republican boogeymen were on on the other side.
Blacks rallied, Obama won, and Blacks rejoiced. Liberal whites cheered and Republicans sulked.
As months became 4 years, our president became far removed from us. He didn't do anything to directly bring the change we imagined. Blacks did what they've become conditioned to do — nothing.
In 2012 those same Black "leaders" who became even richer under Obama's regime while our group suffered disproportionately, were nowhere in sight. Once again, the Republican boogeyman was the opposition so it was an easy victory.
You Not Like Me
Obama is black by race like we all are. But consider his father was Kenyan and his mother was American. He is in fact more white in relation to America than he is black. Africans aren't really Black as we think of Black. Africans have a different experience than the Blacks who live in the Western Hemisphere. No better or worst, since we all had oppression and it's impossible to truly compare. West Indian Blacks and African-American Blacks have a unique history however because there is a more direct connection and integration of dealing with those who oppress(ed) us. There is a missed layer of generational oppression and hatred Obama doesn't have in his blood.
He's one of us but he's not one of us. His daughters will inherit that generational oppression. And regardless of their upbringing, they'll feel a disdain for this country that he could never truly feel.
Not to dismiss empathy, but a vicarious experience is always far removed from a direct experience. Far removed from stories that grandparents, aunts, and uncles share.
But nonetheless, Obama is one of us. He was our very own. We helped him get elected, he did nothing for us, and we did nothing to hold him accountable. We don't take care of our own. We don't hold them responsible for the things they do or need to do.
They Take Care Of Their Own
Fueled by a controlled media, Trump won fair and square. Where as many Blacks, West Indians, Africans, African Americans, French, Arabs, etc. who live in the U.S. saw Obama as their president, there is a very select group of people calling Trump theirs. Just as Blacks believed they helped put Obama into office and they were owed something, so do these Trump supporters. In their mind they brought him there and they expect him to live up to their expectations and campaign promises. That is what a President is supposed to do.
Trump didn't run his campaign as a politician. He ran as a reality TV star. Weeks after he won we see him still being who he is, which is distinctly similar to being a politician in retrospect. He started going back on his campaign promises. No different from what any candidate does. Maybe he is the right man for the job?
None of us know people. Who people are portrayed as and who they display themselves to be are different from the person that sits in the back of their mind and controls them. If there is one character trait I can nail to Trump is lustful for power. He essentially owns the U.S. And that possibility opens the door to owning so much more of the world. But he's a businessman. Being President is a 4-year stint, maybe eight for him, but once that's over there's still a world full of money to make. I imagine all President's think about that in the back of their mind and during their presidency. They make maneuvers that will favor them and their family once they lose their job.
The alt-right/neo-Nazi party is too small for Trump. They rally behind him like dogs looking for a master, but what will they truly do for Trump? What can they really offer him? I imagine he'll use them for a bit, then place his eyes on something much bigger. That's when they'll feel betrayed and that's when they'll turn on him.
Historically, what group has removed leaders who didn't live up to their expectations? What group of people will defy a government that goes against their needs? What group of people have killed the most people in power? We all know.
What do all these names have in common?
- Lee Harvey Oswald (allegedly)
- John Wilkes Booth
- Timothy McVeigh
- Branch Davidian
- Cliven Bundy
Whenever a President is chosen, there is always chatter about a possible assassination. Liberals and conservatives don't have the heart for such a thing. They'd never do that because their candidate lost or isn't doing what they need. But the "alt-right" — extremists — can, have, and will. Everyone else is terrified while this one group is excited and looking into a future that will resemble Europe in the early 1940's. They think they're owed something. And this sensitive and fearful group will not not sit by while their President goes against his word. They will take care of their own. Always have.
Now we sit and wait.