Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief
Black America in the Age of Trumpism
The Trump Presidency has been one that’s been full of controversy. From his attacks on the media, to embracing White Supremacists and throughout his term being a threat to our democracy. And in many ways being the lighter fluid that is fueling our polarized nation.
In his nearly four years in office Trump has shown the worst of what America can become when it elects an inept, incompetent leader to the highest office in the land. He has not shown the maturity and respect for the office and has proven he is unfit for office and does not believe in healing the wounds of racial division in America.
This flirtation with many things racial has been a constant theme of Trump’s administration, one that seems that when he calls for Making America Great Again it means turning back the hands of racial progress and completely erasing the legacy of Barack Obama. It is an America that’s shown based on high cabinet post, Supreme Court Nominees, voting rights, the economy; that making America Great Again means going in a different and dangerous direction that does not benefit Black America.
A Gathering of White Men and the Dismantling of Barack Obama’s Legacy
In his four years in office Trump has had in his cabinet more White men than any president since Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. Of the 23 top positions that requires Senate Confirmation there is only one; renown neurosurgeon and former Presidential Candidate Ben Carson as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Additionally, it seems that this President is obsessed with erasing the legacy and legislative achievements of the country’s first African American President, Barack Obama. In his term in office he has signed legislation and proposed changes or ending DACA, pulling the country out of Transpacific Partnership (TPP), The Paris Climate Accord among many others, but most importantly he and fellow Republicans are still working feverishly to end his signature legislative achievement the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Reshaping the Courts
As we are now headed into a Supreme Court Hearing that may reshape the courts to a conservative majority and this can have devastating consequences because these lifetime appointments have far reaching implications on issues around civil rights, the environment, preexisting conditions, a woman’s right to choose, criminal justice, housing, employment and other gains for those who are disenfranchised.
Voting has been a right African Americans have fought to earn and now more than any time in history must fight to preserve this right and get to the polls. Across the country as people are attempting to vote in a variety of ways because of the COVID-19 Pandemic; many Republicans and this President are attempting to place roadblocks that target African American voters and other minority voters from getting to the polls to cast their ballots.
But even in the face of new laws, it is important that more people get out and vote; in this past election it was 77,000 votes in three states Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that put Donald Trump into the White House. In two of these states Wisconsin and Michigan the number of Black turnout dropped by twelve percent; so it is possible with higher turnout among African Americans in this election the Trump Presidency can come to an end and the journey towards decency and civility can return to our politics.
The Future of Black America
As we have weathered nearly four years of the Trump Administration and its assault on Blacks, women, immigrants, and the free press it is important that as citizens especially African Americans that we remain vigilant in what makes and keeps this country great. Our spirit of dissent and engagement that makes us too America. That we have fought to amend this country into a more perfect union.
And that a people who have endured, survived, and thrived in spite of slavery, segregation and discrimination are now armed with the power of the ballot to remove Donald Trump and his racist, xenophobic, and sexist agenda. It is time for African Americans to re-engage and get to the polls during this election in record numbers. If we do, then our hands can help shape our continued journey towards a true Democracy for all people of this nation.