It has now been two weeks since our country elected Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. I have to admit that 14 days later, it’s still painful to accept that we are going from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump.
In fact, if anything at all is clear, it should be that the only reason in the world we have a Donald Trump presidency is because he is a direct response from white America to our first Black President.
But this morning, I come bearing solutions.
As I’ve traveled the country over these past two weeks, so many people have told me that they just don’t know what to do. The truth is that virtually nobody, including Donald Trump himself, was prepared for a Donald Trump presidency. We all knew what to do to stop him from becoming President, and most of you listening did your part with that, but nobody was really prepared for how to respond if he actually won.
So, this morning I want to give you five very simple action steps to help you begin to fight back against Donald Trump.
#1. Be well-informed.
Hear me, I’m not encouraging any of you to be obsessed with the news right now. That’s not healthy, but I also want to caution you from completely checking out. I get it. I hate watching news about Donald Trump, but find some journalists you trust, on television or online or on social media, find those few voices who you know keep it all the way real, and make sure you stay well-informed.
#2. Refuse to normalize the ugliness of Donald Trump and his administration.
We must call bigots out for their bigotry.
We must call racists out for their racism.
We must call sexists out for their sexism.
We must call out those who hate Muslims & Jews for their Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.
What we are witnessing right now is Donald Trump and his team attempting to normalize and mainstream many people, policies, and practices which should not be mainstream. For instance, this weekend at a federal building in Washington DC, a group of Neo-Nazis who are friends with Donald Trump’s new Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, were literally filmed doing Nazi Salutes, saying “Hail Trump.”
We cannot let this ugliness go unchecked. Hate crimes are rising all over the country because of this ugliness. We cannot normalize the bigotry of Trump or his supporters.
Source: Black America Web | Shaun King, Senior Justice Writer, NY Daily News