They say we are fighting for the soul of America. It sounds so black and white, so right and wrong. A vote for Biden is a vote for moral righteousness, a vote for Trump is a vote for moral degradation. We have seen trump sully the integrity of the title POTUS and use a myriad of racial epitaphs on national television to describe Black and Brown people. I look at the election results map and I see so many red states, including my home state, Ohio. This tells me that the “soul of America” is still stained from the blood of those who were sacrificed to build this country. So, what is the soul of America?
I sat up until about 2 am going into November 4th. I had to work the next day, but I wanted to hear the bullshit Trump was about to spew from his mouth. I fell asleep, but I woke up to CNN replaying Trump stating that he already won the election and they can stop counting. 45 consistently finds a new way to sound stupid, it’s honestly pretty impressive. To be this asinine daily, it takes a level of stamina and vigor that I can’t comprehend. Unfortunately, it seems millions seem to keep up with him. Look at the election map, footage from any rally, or some specific black celebrities, you will see that so many people still support Trump’s racist and divisive rhetoric (by vote or by presence). I can’t say much about America’s soul here, but I will say many people are too far gone. Trump has shown his hand for decades, voting him president in 2016 only invigorated him and people like him. Voting him in again would likely be a fatal decision.
America will have to be baptized by Bishop T.D. Jakes in the River of Jordan and have a funeral for racism eulogized The Honorable Louis Farrakhan before I could begin to claim that racism is gone. The level of reform and defunding that is necessary to uproot the racist systems is likened to scorching a farm, laying fresh soil, and planting new seeds. I will not say that democrats are the ones that can do it, but I will say that Black people, more specifically, Black women are at the forefront of this vision. I shine this light on Black women because they largely have been more progressive and forward-thinking than Black men. Black men quietly reap some of the benefits of patriarchy and we still tend to lean to the right (roughly 20% of Black men still voted for Trump, while less than 10% of Black women voted for trump). Black people are the soul of the nation and we carry that weight like Jordan carried the Bulls in the Flu Game. One day America will support us back, but that’s for another day.
The soul of America is Black, the soul of America is Black, the soul of America is Black. It is about damn time to do some soul searching and listen to Black people, not Lil Wayne, or Ice Cube, or Terry Crews, but the ones who accurately and appropriately voice their concerns and their ideas for the nation and Black lives specifically.