After November 8 – What awaits the Blacks
Letter by Yvonne Sam
Well the historic election of the century has come and gone. What with all the drama! Thanks to providence, after a truly polluted campaign fraught with name calling, hyperboles, leaks, assaults, death threats, innuendos and vulgarity the American voting populace has chosen between a corrupt presidential candidate that took bribes and another that paid bribes to corrupt politicians. Have tears or display fears, take it or fake it, but Americans have gotten the government they deserve, confirmation of which can be found in Job 3: 25– For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Do not be judgmental or dismiss the statement as being depressive, as there were Christians who found reasons to justify their vote for either of the nominees by quoting Biblical verses out of context, or by posing the evils of two lessors or lesser of the two evils argument. However, the lingering question is, after the date what is our fate? What lays in wait?At the risk of sounding prophetic or the portender of doom and gloom, permit me to speak but the future does appears bleak.
During the presidential debates, the nominees were asked what they intended to do in response to the problems facing the Blacks, but then again as a people we did not make appropriate and commensurate demands in that regard. In other words, we heard a lot of rhetoric but no substantive reciprocal relationships with any of the candidates.With topics ranging from the infamous email disposal, tax increase on the wealthiest Americans, ending of Obamacare, putting more money in the pockets of the average American, the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syrian refugees, to the most important aspect in selecting a Supreme Court judge, there is only one question pertaining to Black folks and it came from a Black man CNN’s Don Lemon. He selected the ridiculous question, “Do Black lives matter ‘or’ do all lives matter?The 2016 presidential campaign has denigrated and belittled the Black Lives Matter movement, further reminder that although progress has been made, race still mattered.
For Blacks it should matter very little who lives at 1600, Pennsylvania Avenue, although we behave as though we possess the power to determine our own political destiny rather than accepting the fact that the inhabitants therein have total control. The political problem now facing the Black community is the blatant lack of political involvement beyond voting, and a displayed failure to build political power based on an economic power base and our reliance on political symbolism over political substance.
Now that a Black president will soon be relegated to past history, our political engagement must be pragmatic and not some simplistic game where Blacks are ignored once their so called precious, much- sought- after votes have fulfilled its objective. The White House irrespective of its occupants should not be symbolic of the Right House, while Blacks are still faced with staggering unemployment, in addition to income and wealth inequality.
Permit me to advance a little further and clearly state that while politics is a reality, Blacks must create a new political reality for themselves. Plainly put in simple terms, or being politically correct it means setting political agendas that serve our purpose and primary interests, and not those of either party-Democrats or Republicans.
It matter little who has won. The time has come to switch from politics to economics. Now that the election has come to an end, we must to the world at large a clear message send.—no more BLAXPLOITATION we are putting BLACKONOMICS in motion.