In a time when the nation is deciding on the 45th President of the United States, we need to understand the historic nature of “our” decision. The next president will succeed the nation’s first black president (monumental on so many levels). I think it is important for us to reflect back on the history of this country including the horrific state sponsored act of terrorism and torture (slavery).
In making your decision, I ask that you consider a fundamental question: will this candidate bring this country together or tear it apart with vile, racist comments and actions? Yes, we have the right to vote for anyone we desire, but when we refer to these “united” states there is a premise that “we” find strength as a collective rather than as individuals (states or otherwise). This election is serious and has tremendous implications for the future of this country. (Consider wisely.)
I post these videos (not just to stir up trouble) to raise consciousness about the historic and current insult inflicted upon Blacks as well as consideration of the future of all “Americans.”
Slavery? Certainly you must be talking about the sex trade, because legal slavery in America has been a closed door for over 150 years.
It is past time to let the past go and stop leaning on a crutch that it not relevant in the world we have today. Many of my black friends have stated, “I would rather have been a slave in Georgia back then than to have been slaughtered in the genocide of Rwanda.” The reasoning seems obvious.
I had the privilege of working with a tribal leader from Kenya who was in self-imposed exile here in America. He was told to leave Kenya or his family would be executed. Here was a man of power and authority, but now resigned to sweeping the floor. He echoed a similar sentiment. Better to be alive and doing this, than to witness the slaughter of my family.
Prison? I have spent many hours working with inmates. Over the years I have only met a handful of prisoners who categorically admitted their guilt. I think of Morgan Freeman’s words in the movie “Shawshank Redemption” as he stated, “Only guilty man in Shawshank.” The lesson here: prison is a place reserved for those who violate the law.
Presidents? I have yet to ever grasp an understanding of Black Americans supporting the Democratic party. That is not the party of Lincoln; a president who opposed slavery. Moreover, Democrats support abortion which is nothing more than government ordained genocide. The church and faith has been a cornerstone of Black culture throughout history. Yet, the policies of the Democratic party are in direct opposition to the Scriptures.
Racist? More acts of violence have been perpetrated against the Jewish community than any other ethic group. Racism has existed since the dawn of mankind. The Scriptures clearly remind us, “There is no new thing under the sun.” I am living in a culture where I am the only Caucasian on the block or even in the entire barangay. Most people are friendly toward me, but not all. And no, I do not view them as being racist. Basically, they have bought into the media reporting which has a skewed view of nationalism. Quite often, after we sit down over a cup of coffee and they get to know me, they learn how wrong the media has painted Americans in general and “White Folks” in particular.
When one candidate is winning across the board with every demographic it says something about their character. Not a distorted character depicted by sound bites and piecemeal videos floating around on social media.
I challenge every voter to visit a Trump property, since that is who the post is referencing, and speak to the employees. I have. And I found every person, from every demographic, working there thinks very highly of Mr Trump. They view him as a kind and caring employer that is fair to all.
Brother Dave, I welcome your perspective and feedback. In regards to your last comment about visiting a Trump property, this is not a private company, this is the United States of America. As a society, we are NOT employees. We have individual and collective needs that are far beyond the scope of what I could ever find while visiting a property. If Trump “loves” all of us to the extent that he says he does, let him put his money where his mouth is and give his money to those who have the greatest needs. Provide housing for all the homeless. Provide education for every young person under the age of 21. That’s about all I desire from Mr. Trump.
It is unfortunate that this country has a major horrific history when it comes to slavery, presidents and prisons. Although, some people may believe slavery has been abolished, little do they know that it still exists today. In terms of presidents, I have a small amount of hope that we will ever choose the right candidate to run this country. I thought that by having the first black president it was going to bring change and direct this country into the right direction. As a result, nothing much has change besides electing a new president who contradicts his promises to the people. Lastly, I am not surprised the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Prisons tend to profit from every individual who is incarcerated instead of focusing on rehabilitation. Overall, the history of this country seems to be repeating itself.
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As the presidential race is underway, the candidates for president just don’t seem to make me feel comfortable on any level. Will a women be the next president? Indeed we are in an era of the unknown and have hit monumental growth in having a black president. The issues with racism still exists. Whom ever shall become the next president, I feel, racism will not just disappear. A comment was made on the second video that it isn’t only racism but it is class as well. Our current black president pursued and concord because of his will and pushed through to different class’s to get to where he is today. Although racism may never go away. I believe the more that minority’s continue to push through and advocate, educate themselves the more that those who are racists can put a sock in it. There has been growth just not as fast as some might desire. There are many issues that need to be addressed in society and the accountability that needs to happen and the change that needs to be made. One step at a time.
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I think when it refers to reflecting back on the history of this country this article in a way is trying to connect it to the fact that immigrants and their children are now being sent to concentration camps which is kind of bringing back the whole slavery aspect is that really what we want for our country. This is a country that supposed to be the land of the free but yet is categorizing people based on their ethnicity and the background story that the current president identified for immigrants. This entire country is already being destroyed and racism is coming back and stronger the elections is our only chance to change that in order to reunite and strengthen the country again instead of breaking it apart.
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