As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gear up to face off, I can’t help but to think, how will this affect black folk? With a rise on racial tension in America and police slaughtering and killing black men in our streets, I wondered, where will this election leave us and what will this do for our community?
Almost 8 years ago Sean (P Diddy) Combs encouraged us all to “Vote or Die”, it’s 2016 and choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the presidential election, the option to just DIE doesn’t sound that bad after all. We are less than 30 days away from the Presidential election and the tone of black celebrities and black businesses have become a bit mum. I see a lot of “Black lives matter” paraphernalia and I hear a lot about the “black dollars mattering and being circulated within our community”, but is this enough? It frightens me that more African Americans are not being vocal about the upcoming elections or maybe they are just as lost and confused as I am. In 2006 when the Citizen Change campaign was formed, it was encouraging and patriotic to see artist like P Diddy, Mary J. Blidge, Mariah Carey and 50 Cent urge the young black community to vote. According to Electproject.org, demographically, age groups 18-29 and minorities have a lower turnout rate at the polls; hence my concerns.
As I prepare to vote tomorrow and watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s show down for the Commander in Chief position, I am terrified out my mind. What is really going to happen to our country? Elect him or her; is that truly our ONLY option? It seems like this is such an important decision and the responsibility should not fall on our celebrities and musicians, so where are the black businesses; where are the cool election tees, bumper stickers, and even cool pins encouraging us to vote? I barely see anything being advertised and when I research black companies with a political agenda, they are either a non-profit like Black Girls Vote or non-black companies pushing this message. I see Beyonce and Jay-Z performed in Ohio to support Hillary Clinton and Lebron James also rallying for her, but is it too late? Feels like its the 25th hour and signs in my neighborhood just went up TO VOTE. WTF? Do African Americans not feel compelled to go to the polls? As major celebrities continue to argue that President Obama and other elected officials did nothing for the black community, is there an overall consensus to not vote? With everything going on in America, the more black people I ask about voting in this presidential election, the more I hear, “I AM NOT VOTING ” and it’s scary as hell. I just saw a facebook post saying voting for no one is like voting for Donald Trump…. hmph!
President elect, Donald Trump has shared his sentiments about the African American community by saying how concerned he is about these neighborhoods plagued with violence and it being a war zone. He seemed more concerned with his property value devaluing in these neighborhood oppose to the actual human beings that live there. President elect, Hillary Clinton is trying to do her damnest to get the black vote by connecting with black folk’s families who have lost their lives to police and gun violence. Is it helping? Does she have the black vote? I definitely felt like a fish in water watching the uncomfortable segment in the second debate on what these politicians plan to do for black people.
We say we want results, but do we have a true political agenda? Change starts within our communities, seeing the value in our black dollars and most importantly being strategic and smart about who we are electing into office. And lets not get this twisted, its not solely about the presidential election, it starts locally as well; we must have a voice all year around.
I am curious to see, with so many black people not voting or being undecided, and many other folks either confused or down right not happy with their political candidate, this is rounding up to be a very interesting, shocking, Scandal TV, Shonda Rhimes like outcome on November the 8th. I started researching and looking up the other candidates in the election like Libertarian, Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, but what’s the point? With only a couple days left and the world at a standstill, holding its breath, waiting for something to happen, I too, am left in limbo, WHAT ARE WE IN STORE FOR?