— By Jerry Cates. First published on 21 November 2016 and last expanded on 26 November 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:11(1).
Now that a new American president — a Republican, no less — will be taking the oath of inauguration on 20 January 2017, top Democrats in office are reacting in typical fashion. That’s a shame, primarily because it makes clear that the Democrats involved have missed the lesson this election is teaching those capable of discerning the obvious.
That lesson, in case it needs elucidation here, is that the hypocritical charade the Democrats have been acting out for the past 50 years has finally been exposed as a blatant lie. They have pretended to be champions of minority rights, a platform that only works by genuinely trying to reduce racism. Instead, they encouraged every minority they pretended to love to become rank racists themselves. The result? Minorities, deceived by those professing to help, became their own worst enemies. Rather than becoming part of the evolving American landscape, by melting in the pot, they segregated themselves, accentuating the differences that separate them from mainstream America.
Racism is not erased by vigorously rubbing another race’s nose in what makes us different. That truth was not so clear 50 years ago. Today the consequences of ignoring that truth are painfully evident to all who are willing to pay attention. Our 50 year war on poverty, centered in the minority neighborhoods of America, has failed. Most of the minorities in America that were impoverished at the beginning are either the same, or even more impoverished today, than they were before the so-called “War on Poverty” began.
When Donald J. Trump asked minority America “What have you got to lose?” by voting for him, he struck a raw, exposed nerve. Minority America is finally waking up to the fact that they have been sold a bill of goods. They got the bill, and the Democrats got the goods. Donald J. Trump aims to turn that around. Unlike the promises of the Democrats, he means it. Minority America is in for a shockingly good time with the Republicans in charge. But that improvement won’t be accomplished by accentuating what makes us different, but by embracing what makes us alike.
Look for minorities in America to finally begin to win the real war on poverty. They will do it by themselves, by loving this nation, its constitution that makes them equal before the law, and the American people who love and appreciate them for what they are — Americans, with equal opportunities to learn and grow and become part of what makes America great.
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