America Through the Eyes of an Black Millennial

Since its birth, America, the single-greatest experience in civilization has repeatedly proven to be false to its cry of “A government for the people and by the people.

To say that I, an African-American millennial, can relate to the challenges that my ancestors faced would be a gross overstatement. However, as I consider the America that I live in, I can say that there are still mountains to climb if we are to reach the ‘promise land’.

Many will argue that this nation, built upon African-American oppression, will never achieve racial equality. I cling to optimism regarding America’s racial future.

For Black Millennia, contemporary America is stocked with both familiar enemies and unforeseen challenges. However, I have faith that the development of a blueprint will greatly bolster us in our pursuit for racial equality.

I never thought that I would articulate the following to my children, however this fact is true nonetheless, on November 8, 2016, I witnessed Donald J. Trump become the President of the United States of America.

Make no mistake about it, a Trump Presidency presents innumerable challenges for racial progressives. It is my desire to extend this analysis beyond the blatantly racist and vulgar statements the President Elect has made to an attentive world by first analyzing his slogan of “Make America Great Again.”

One must look into Trump’s past to understand what this slogan implies. Trump, born in 1946, one year after the conclusion of World War II, is apparently desiring a return to the “good old days” that were most certainly not good for non-whites. The America of Trump’s youth was stocked full of segregation and public discrimination. If one pays close attention to Donald Trump they will hear him reference the return of the “silent majority”, a term frequently used by former President Ronald Reagan. There is little room to debate the fact that the Reagan-Era was unconscionably damaging to our kind.

One does not need either an extended or insightful analysis to realize that Trump’s rhetoric conveys an unfavorable view of the Black community and its inhabitants. The most powerful weapon against figures like Trump has been Love and Unity among African-Americans. The onus is upon us to prepare for this dogged battle by uniting with one another in an unprecedented manner. There is no doubt that unity is the greatest weapon against the tyrannical threat that Trump poses.

Once we have achieved a united front, it is imperative that we pursue financial stability. Despite what polls, studies, and news media would have one believe a great amount of wealth flows into and quickly exits the African-American community. It is imperative that we keep our finances resources within our community. Put simply, it is crucial that we begin investing in ourselves and our people. Across America we see Jewish areas having Jewish restaurants, Jewish banks, and much more. We must begin to spend our money in our communities instead of taking our profits elsewhere.

To add to this unifying plea, I would add that our vision as a unit must be shifted to less tangible desires. That is to say, I believe that we as people should have more ambition than being either a sports star or rap star. I am not implying that all Africa-Americans have this ambition, however I have seen it enough to where it has become alarming.  Even myself once dreamed of a pro football career and even once recorded a song under the moniker “Phenom”. However, we must invest our ambitions back into education and diversify our interest in black arts. Once our mindset shifts back to the days of old, we will again make great leaps and bounds. Taxes and cutting of the proverbial safety net are at our door step, we must be prepared.

Finally, I believe that once we began the process of uplifting ourselves we can then begin to work with other minorities groups and began a true “rainbow coalition” against the challenges we face. In every advancement our people has made in the past we had assistance. While not trying to come off as disrespectful, I must allude to the fact that African Americans have done most of the heaving lifting in terms of Civil Rights issues in this nation. With a growing Latino population and the finical stability of other minority groups it is time that will all come together and fight for the America we were promised. Together we can form a large enough faction to fight against the economic and social woes that mass incarceration, discrimination, and neglect has caused. We as minority groups must take action for first our own cultures and then find ways to work together against the “great” America Trump, and clearly a large sum of Americans, feel is necessary. Only together will we make our most desired American dream come true.

Patron Payton

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016

3 thoughts on “America Through the Eyes of an Black Millennial”

  1. Insightful piece on your part Patron and while leaving room to expand upon the topic as well. You mentioned in this piece, the “silent majority”, but it was Richard Nixon and his “southern strategy” that first coined the term.

    You speak of unity within the AA community, but what would you say to examples of AA unity that were decimated in America’s past (Rosewood/Tulsa) ? How might our unity be protected ?

    Finally you called the readers attention to tax cuts and the shrinking of the social safety net. What would you say to African Americans who by in large vote Democratic, tacitly allowed the Democratic party to lower the filibuster number in the U.S. Senate from 60 to 51 (when they had the majority in 08’-10’), which now enables the GOP to push through the tax cuts and entitlement reform you speak you ?

    All in all a good piece that starts conversations that lead to solutions.

    -Brennan

  2. All minority groups should come together to uplift each other and we could make American great for the first time I would not us the word again do to the fact it never was for us African-American .What year was America every great people say 1930-1960. I would say that’s when America was at it’s all time high with hardness on minorities from discrimination to separation. So when he is the term great again I instantly jumped to the offense and call him and who ever agree with that is a racist

    1. Fabian I 100% agree with your comment! When I first heard him say make America great again I was so confused. In my 25 years of living I don’t recall America being great at all especially for African Americans and Latinos. I honestly do believe that the people who say make America great again are racist. I don’t believe trump is racist but that term is very racist. I do wish we would come together like you said and uplift each other that would be outstanding.

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