Betrayal backlash

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

It is no secret that, in general, African Americans do not care for Donald Trump and were not complicit in electing him as president. Although it was reported by one national poll that 14% of African Americans voted for him to be president—that is dubious to say the least. As his campaign manager would say, that is presumed to be an alternative fact.

Many would say that historically Africans Americans have a propensity to support candidates of the Democratic Party regardless of the issues at hand. However now days you find many African Americans voting on whom they feel is the best candidate to move the country forward regardless of party lines. That can be commendable if you truly feel that the Democratic party takes the African American vote for granted, assuming the Black vote will always be a given.

No doubt the Democratic Party may have its flaws. But it caters more to the values and needs of the common workingman in contrast to the Republican Party that tends to support Eurocentric special interests, the wealthy, big businesses and extreme radical conservatives. Many would say one’s identity to a political party reflects one’s personal reality.

You have some Blacks who feel they have reached a certain status, and because of their own personal situations (whether they be financial or social) feel that supporting candidates giving businesses carte blanche is the way to go. This accounts for a rising number of African Americans who have pseudo positions and willingly or subconsciously allow themselves to be used as pawns to say Blacks have arrived and discrimination and racism don’t exist or aren’t as rampart as reported. Some would say these African Americans feel they have been validated by their White counterparts and are proud to be considered as Republicans—considering this as a sign of success.

Being a Republican makes some Blacks feel important and superior to others Blacks, even holding other Blacks in condemnation, blaming them for their own shortcomings. It is usually these African Americans that are willing to overlook the plight or concerns of other Blacks in their own selfish rise to promote themselves. It should not be surprising that there are consequences and sometimes-negative backlash from the Black community for unpopular choices made by up-and-rising Blacks possessing high national visibility and recognition.

When all is said and done, the African American population must be cognizant of outside forces adamant in their attempts to divide the African American community. These forces realize the power and progress that can be made when the African American community is on the same page and work together in unity. To combat this nefarious plot, it is imperative for African Americans to present a united front. This means to put personal and selfish motives aside if it isn’t in the best interests of promoting equality and the uplifting of your long suffering people.

It can’t always be about you, and if you do cross the line, promoting yourself over the interests of other African Americans, you may have to pay the cost. Many Blacks not supporting Trump weren’t necessarily turned off about him being a Republican. It was that for the most part, they saw a despicable, rude, misogynist, racist individual, using divisive tactics, promoting hate. He brought about visions of slavery and deep-rooted discrimination, and oppression for African Americans, especially when he talked about making America great again. When was America great for African Americans? For some Whites, it may have been when they remember a time that most Blacks were in a submissive and inferior position.

Standing in unity against Donald Trump was an attempt for African Americans to show solidarity and unity. A few Blacks failed to comply, because of selfish personal agendas. They just didn’t seem to understand it wasn’t about them. It was about us as a people, standing together. Willingly and visibly supporting Trump was a sign of betrayal. To me, this labeled you as a traitor or Benedict Arnold—and most African Americans agree.

Everyone knows there are consequences for betrayal. No decent human being should be advocating physical abuse or harm toward anyone, however verbal expressions of hurt and disappointment are warranted. It should be expected that Trump supporters would be boycotted and dishonored. African Americans, as a group, needed your support to send a message.

Thus is the case of Chrisette Michele, a Black female singer who opted to perform at during Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now the Black community, as a whole, is sending a loud resounding message to her. Black radio stations are refusing to air her music and advocating that Blacks do not support her by attending her concerts. Many African Americans see this as a wakeup call or as the price for what they see as betrayal for those willing to put their own selfish agendas above those of their own people.

It is an honor and a privilege that we live in a country where we have freedom of choice. However, we should be mindful of the choices we make and the consequences that may follow. People in the public light are being politically judged and viewed, whether they like it or not. It goes with the cost of fame.

Do as you must, but be mindful of the consequences that may follow.