Donald Trump will become the President of the United States of America today. While I accept that he is soon to be my President, I am deeply saddened by this fact. How did we get here? The crux of my disappointment lies in the fact that I have serious reservations about Donald Trump’s ability, or desire, to carry out the much needed task of unifying our country. I do not look to the President of the United States to create a magic formula that will resolve all of my problems as a citizen of this country. I simply look to the President of the United States to empower me, and all of the citizens of this country, to reach our fullest potential so that we can collectively work toward a better world.
When he announced that he was seeking the office of President of the United States of America, I simply chuckled and blew it off as impossible. In my mind, there was no way that a person who was so blatantly racist and sexist would be chosen by the people of this country as the Republican nominee. We, the people of this great country, had come too far to allow this to happen. Anyone that dared challenge my notion of this impossibility was disregarded as having an ignorant mindset. Little did I know, I was the beholder of the ignorant, naïve mindset.
After Trump was chosen as the Republican nominee, I continued to naively hold on to the belief that our country had come too far to allow such a man to be a leader of the free world. Who, in their right mind, would vote for a man that said, “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.” Who, in their right mind would vote for a man that said, “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!” Who, in their right mind would vote for a man that said, “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’” Who, in their right mind would vote for a man that said, “The point is, you can never be too greedy.” Or, “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
His rhetoric made it obvious that he had no interest in doing what his job, as POTUS, would require him to do, include the underprivileged and disadvantaged, as he moved our country in the right direction. More importantly, his rhetoric made it abundantly clear that unity was not something that he gave any regard to whenever he considered what it would take to make our country “great again”. As I began to see Trump signs pop up everywhere in my hometown, I became paralyzed with fear.
My hometown, Bertie County, North Carolina, is one of the poorest counties in the State of North Carolina. There are very few opportunities for advancement here. The sense of hopelessness and despair that overshadows my community is obvious to anyone that happens upon us. Despite the extreme poverty and disenfranchisement, my community showed overwhelming support for Donald Trump and his hate-filled rants. This overwhelming support, although frightening, made me quickly remember that, while we are some of the poorest people in North Carolina, we are still very much divided along color and gender lines. And, that divisiveness was stronger than any desire one may have to improve our community through unity.
While saddened on this day, I am still hopeful. It is my hope that we can move forward as a country while Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America because we, the people, will eradicate the senseless hate exhibited toward a person because of his or her skin color. It is my hope that we, the people, will eradicate the idea that women are less qualified than men simply because they are women. It is my hope that, we, the people, will finally understand that we must all work collectively to ensure that all children have a fair shot at this thing called life. It is my hope that, we, the people, will finally understand the needs of the disadvantaged and underprivileged must be considered by all in order for us to move in a positive direction.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!!!