The presidential election is in 34 days.
We don’t have time to be politically correct or to weigh the options between telling the truth or looking the other way when we see egregious acts committed.
We cannot expect Trump’s die-hard supporters to suddenly spout empathy for every American and make an about-face with their rhetoric simply because their fearless leader made a complete ass of himself on the debate stage.
We cannot count on the “undecided” to vote with their conscience because frankly, I am at a complete loss of how anyone is undecided at this point.
The only person’s actions that we have total dominion over are our OWN. It’s past time for those of us who truly have concern for humanity to get into some good trouble.
“If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.” — John Lewis
Not sure you’re ready? No worries, I’ll start.
Donald Trump is racist.
He has proven time and time again that his concern does not extend to Black people or people of color. There are far too many examples of his blatant bigotry to list but in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, here’s his latest contribution to White supremacy:
Donald Trump is the definition of misogyny.
The women who support him have my genuine empathy. To be on board with a man who proudly proclaimed he enjoys “grabbing women by the pussy” tells me that on some level, these women find this derogatory comment acceptable. Any woman who has no issue with brushing aside the disrespectful comments, the accusations of sexual harassment from multiple women, and the racist remarks he made about four congresswomen of color may have men in her life that unfortunately skewed her perception of what is acceptable behavior. It’s women that fall into this category who are more deserving of attention and support than a man who shamelessly tramples over the value and self-worth of all women across America on a regular basis.
Donald Trump is not a leader.
He is a fraud. His past as a celebrity has fooled some people and like-minded White supremacists, but those of us who are paying attention are not impressed. A true leader tells the TRUTH. A true leader has the best interests of ALL Americans at heart. A true leader does not insert himself into areas that are not his specialty but instead is intelligent enough to surround himself with scientists and advisors with the credentials and expertise to make sound decisions that keep this country safe. A true leader LEADS BY EXAMPLE.
Donald Trump has no concern for the safety of his supporters.
This is one of the saddest elements of the Trump presidency. His lack of regard for people who have pledged unyielding support to him no matter what he does should ring the alarm for the “Make America Great Again” crew. Unfortunately, it appears to have the opposite effect. He continues to hold rallies with people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder, the majority of whom are not wearing masks. We already know that he was aware of how deadly COVID-19 is because he told us in his own words. Personally, I would be highly offended if a candidate I supported requested me to sign a waiver before attending his rally to make sure that if I caught a deadly virus in the process neither I, nor my family in the event of my death, would have recourse to hold him accountable. If you don’t care whether I live or die, why on EARTH would you deserve my vote?
Donald Trump is incapable of genuine compassion.
We all watched the cringe-worthy moment when Trump attacked Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, leading him to reveal a personal struggle that was no one’s business but the Biden family. This man who is the Godfather of nepotism had the audacity to go after the actions of someone else’s son when he used his own daughter for a $750,000.00 tax right-off? Even when Biden attempted to defend his son Beau who died of a brain tumor in 2015 and turn the conversation away from personal attacks on family members, Trump dug his heels saying dismissively: “I don’t know Beau. I know Hunter.” He showed no respect for Biden’s loss, even as a father himself. I’m a firm believer that when people show you who they are, BELIEVE THEM.
Donald Trump is a tax evader.
How many of us out here in these streets could get away with paying $750.00 in taxes without the IRS putting out an APB? And before anyone begins citing tax laws, let this marinate: as much as Trump likes to toot his own horn — even if he doesn’t have the air to blow it — if he legitimately had all the money he says he does, don’t you think he would have speed-dialed Fox News (because I’m sure they are #1 in his cell contacts) to talk about it and to have them plaster his returns all over the media? There is no way in the WORLD this man who’s favorite subject is himself wouldn’t miss the opportunity bask in the glory of proving how “rich” he is. He hasn’t released the returns because they are not legitimate and he’s scamming the system. Audits don’t prevent you from releasing your returns and to use one of Trump’s favorite phrases: “believe me.”
Donald Trump is inciting a race war.
The Proud Boys have become an overnight sensation after Trump’s order for them to “stand back and stand by” during last night’s debate. This group, a far-right extremist organization known for engaging in political violence and linked to white supremacy, has become so emboldened by Trump’s mention of their name they are now recruiting and posting their excitement on social media:
Donald Trump is a danger to anyone not fitting his description of an American.
This basically applies to anyone who is not white and does not co-sign on every single word that comes out of his mouth.
I could go on, but surely you get the point.
I’m not here to change anyone’s mind. As I said earlier, we are 34 days away from this decision and the only person I can control is myself. I’m doing what I must do as a human being who cares about myself, my family, and the lives of others.
I am speaking up and speaking out about what I’ve seen over the past three and a half years. I am using my voice to speak truth to power and give my accounting of the havoc wreaked by this man’s presidency. I am here to unequivocally state that in my humble opinion DONALD TRUMP IS RACIST AND DOES NOT INTEND TO SUPPORT OR PROTECT BLACK PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THIS COUNTRY.
His “law and order” and “suburban housewives” code words are not lost on those of us who have been drinking coffee to stay alert since birth and are wide awake. His suggestion that his supporters “watch polls very carefully” eludes to voter suppression which is illegal. His refusal to definitively denounce all White supremacist groups tells Americans exactly where he stands. His actions to ban racial sensitivity training because he deemed them “racist” speaks VOLUMES.
During the debate, Chris Wallace couldn’t get Trump to be a respectful adult or to have a civil exchange with Biden. He interrupted him, talked over him, yelled at him, attacked him, and disrespected him in every way known to man. Yes, Biden also got in a jab or two but for those of you who think the office of the presidency deserves respect, how about we first have a PRESIDENT who exhibits behavior worthy of that respect?
Donald Trump has not earned my respect and definitely will never earn my vote. His rhetoric, his in-your-face bigotry, and his “good people on both sides” mentality have caused more anger and concern in my life over a three year period than I’ve experienced in my entire lifetime. I miss the days when I didn’t have to be so plugged into the news and could focus on keeping my energy positive and vibrations high, instead of having to worry about what irresponsible act the leader of the free world committed each day.
It’s a lot to process having a president that embraces racism and violence when you are a Black person in this country. It takes away your sense of safety, the comfort of knowing you and your family’s well-being is a major concern to leadership, and it leaves you feeling like an unwanted outsider in the only country you’ve ever known.
Not exactly my idea of living the American dream.
And when the only way to silence the man in charge of my family’s safety is to ask him to condemn White supremacy, I think it’s pretty safe to say this dream has morphed into a nightmare.
VOTE like your life depends on it because it does.