This has been a long drawn out election, and it is finally close to being over. The election has been so emotional and extra that people are not even focusing on the substance. Depending on the side you lean towards, it will shape your reaction and opinion.
But for the Black Community, the major question is what is the next step once the election is over. What will the response be after the emotions go away? What will be the task or to do items within each black community across all cities?
Whoever the President will be, the issues that black citizens face will still be there. The system is so deeply rooted in racism that one election won’t have a major effect on bringing change. Somehow we have been forced to believe that voting every 2 to 4 years will bring about change. We have been conditioned to think we can “vote” our way out of the circumstances that the same government put us in with old laws and legislation.
Which becomes the interesting part that some may not realize. When will some people of the black community see that it takes more than voting? When will they see that it’s more important to focus on economics? When will they see that money control politics? When will they see the true power that is within themselves? When will they see its time for new ideas and get behind the youth?
After this election ends, there will be another election with a new politician saying the same things as those before. They will bring up the same message about how MLK inspired them and how they are so cool with swag. They will continue to pander to our culture and only want to take us seriously during voting times. However, as a culture, if we continue to allow this to happen, it’s our fault.