I didn’t view the world the same way my parents, grandparents and great grandparents did. My America was totally different than their America. I knew about slavery and racism but to me those days were over. I’m not saying racism didn’t exist, I’m just saying I never thought about it. For instance, I remember my first week of college at Monmouth University, a school that is 96% white. I walked in the Computer Science department to inquire about the program. And if the school was 96% white, the CS department was 10000% white. I walked in wearing a pair of baggy pants, an oversized t shirt and a baseball cap. I looked something like this:
November 4, 2008.
The best day of my life. Barack Obama becomes president of the United States of America. If there wasn’t anything that happened in my life before this moment to convince me that racism was dead and racist people were a dying breed, this did it. Americans voted for a black man to be their leader, how can this country be racist? HOW?
BUT THEN IT HAPPENED. I started to experience racism a daily basis from afar and at home. Not only did I have to go on Twitter everyday to find out about another black person being murdered by the cops, I also experienced police harassment myself. There have been many times when white policemen pulled me over, pulled me out of my car, sexually harassed me to only tell me things like “There is a screw missing from your license plate which prevents us from reading it properly”. I remember walking into a Wal Mart in New Hampshire and having everyone stare at me my entire time in the store. I remember working at Care.com and having a white male employee say “If you aren’t white, I don’t care about you” while watching coverage of Mike Brown on CNN. I remember having a white investor tell me “If you are so passionate about the playing field being equal in tech for black people maybe you should stop wasting your time pitching Blastchat and go work on that”.
What happened to my America?
It’s as if Barack Obama became president and white people have been on a mission to “take the country back” and prove that they are still the dominate race. Hence, “Make America Great Again”. When Donald Trump says he wants to “Make America great again”, he doesn’t want my America where everyone is judged by their actions and not the color of their skin. He wants an America where the white race reigns supreme, again. He wants a pre 60’s America and if he could he would take a 19th century America.
But he is exactly what America deserves.
Over the past eight years, America has allowed racist people to freely show their true colors and now we will pay the price for it. I’m all for Donald Trump becoming president for these few reasons:
- We will become the laughingstock of the world. Not only will we be laughed at because our inability to help our poor, our obesity levels and our undeserving arrogance; we will be laughed at because we actually voted him into office.
- Barack Obama will be adorned. Most presidents are appreciated and glorified decades after they leave office, however if Trump becomes president Obama will become a legend in two weeks.
- More black people will unite for the better. Other cultures have bettered their conditions by sticking together and helping each other succeed. Unfortunately for blacks, this only happens when our backs are up against the walls. And I think a Donald Trump’s presidency will do just that. The same way Jewish and Japanese people rose from the ghettos and concentration camps in America, we can do the same and this will help level the playing field for our future generations.
Written by Jhamar D Youngblood