I made the cognizant decision to stop writing about Trump. Over time, I realized that I was perpetuating perhaps even feeding into the ego of a man who does not have a viable moral compass, questionable ethics and at the very least, has no value for all of the citizens of this country.
I don’t have to tell you who this man is because you already know. For some of you, he is a savior…the great white hope if you pardon the metaphor. For others, he is a bigot…someone who seems to enjoy inflicting pain on people of color and whose policies reflect who he is and what he believes.
We know that 33% of white America side with, support and place extreme value on Trump. They take pride in calling him “my” president all the while knowing that his governance does not blanket all the citizens of this country.
This presidency has exhausted me. The weariness comes not just because of the multitude of scandals that has plagued the White house since his inauguration. I’m weary of the back and forth between the Democratic and Republican parties. I’m tired of the scandals that seem to pop up at the end of every news cycle. But I am mostly tired of this administration’s attempt to convince the American people that what they are doing will ultimately benefit them; that they are doing what they are doing because they are patriots and will lift up the middle class when what we are seeing proves otherwise. Enough is enough. We have never had a president that has been as enshrouded in chaos as the one that we have in the oval office currently.
I don’t know what the future holds for us as a people. I would like to think that we will survive this and come out better now that we know that 33% of this country believes in the ideology of “America First.”
But it’s not the idea that America should be first in every single aspect of governance that concerns me. It is that the ideology is shaping out to be America alone. We elected someone that would go to the White house and “shake” things up. We should have known that someone with no experience in being the president of the most powerful country in the world shouldn’t be allowed to learn how to govern on the job.
But we’re here now and short of voting him out of office and not allowing him to have a second term, there is nothing that we can do about it.
We will get through this. We will survive this. But what do we do with the hatred that has bubbled to the surface of our nation? What do we do with the major problem of “white supremacy?” How do we fix that problem because it’s here, live and in living color? That has been the question that has resonated in my mind for the last year or so. What do we do when Trump is out of office because like it or not, eventually that day will come, whether by impeachment, the end of his term or being voted out.
So what will we do?
~ J.L. Whitehead