Health Is Wealth - @tefpoe

Health Is Wealth - @tefpoe

I deal with many of the same realities that other people involved in the movement are dealing with. At this point there's a strong sense of exhaustion in the air; this time of year you may find it's critical to press reset and enter the summer fully refreshed. Unfortunately, we all know this is easier said than done.

Shady Aftermath - @tefpoe

Shady Aftermath

The aftermath of this election ushers in the dawn of a reality we’ve long discussed; the dawn of an ideological white nationalist political party has returned. White supremacy ran for president and won. Racism was on the ballot as VP and garnered support like a champion. Homophobia in the house and sexism for senate made strides like a Clydesdale in an open field.

Trump’s United States was functioning long before I was born. Many would argue it never left because the truth is their values are deeply embedded in the fabric of American democracy. This country is exactly the country we’ve all known it to be. These are age old generational values, there is no generation gap for the politics of fear mongering.

Our options: One candidate ran a campaign chocked full of obscene racist gestures and sexist vulgarities. The other candidate ran with a political track record which would suggest that Black people are anything but her friends. It doesn’t matter which way the gravity pulled your soul in this election, most directions offered a safe space to the new white nationalist party. Liberals expected marginalized poor black and brown voters to send Hillary Clinton to the white house. An expectation that Black people would show up in droves to support the same family that has sent so many of our loved ones to prison is absurd. The fate of the country was pseudo placed upon the shoulders of the people that were least likely to benefit from her presidency, many of whom are disenfranchised due to the mass incarceration trend.

The media has flooded our television screens with questions around this moment, but we can be clear about what exactly took place with this election -- white America showcased their apathy for common sense and allowed fear and hatred to roar like lions in the jungle. We were already living in Donald Trump’s America and many of us have been in denial about it. Over 50% of white women voted for Trump, not Hillary. White Evangelicals showed out at the polls for Trump as well. But the real shocker -- 13% of Black men voted for Trump and the fear of a black planet earned 33% of the male latino vote, despite its eagerness to build a wall along the border.

Many of us would’ve supported Clinton because we still believe in the Democrats. Some people are shedding tears of unemployment while we grieve for our futures. Several high profiled activists won’t be receiving cabinet jobs and speaking tour honorariums. There will be no celebratory lap for the Clinton political dynasty. She lost, it’s over. We aren’t apart of her vision for a better tomorrow so this allows us to be more candid. We don’t have to subscribe to the woes of her defeat as if they are our own. We were never really with her because she was never with us.

White privilege, sexism, and anti muslim sentiment and behavior has found refuge on Pennsylvania Ave. once again. And we can no longer afford to underestimate the power of racism, but note racism in a pants suit is still racism. We face similar issues despite the president elect. Obama, the Black president, militarized the continent of Africa more so than any president in modern american history. His confronts of racism and police brutality are as watered down as they’ve always been. This tells us that even though 80% of black men voted for Hillary Clinton she realistically wasn’t going to do shit for us. Some of us would’ve been a lot happier about the outcome, but for many this was just as defeating as Trump’s victory.

A 70 year old billionaire with a horrid orange tan and bad hair replacements was elected to president of the United States. This is the America we’ve always known. There is no need to expect anything different to happen here. We survived Doomsday, but was it really unpredictable? The world is on the brink of the next world war.

The person with the nuclear access codes has changed, but we are still the targets. For the next four years we have a clear and direct enemy. Voting has never defeated white nationalism and it never will. Today we see clearly the need to reintroduce Blackness to the American psyche as both an identity and a radical politic. We see clearly our neglect of a TRUE class analysis contributed to this position. Both candidates highlighted the existence of racism in America as a political position for the commonwealth and for many people this is the ushering in of a new set of realities.

But know that WE are still the same people that sparked over 250 slave rebellions during the transatlantic slave trade. Donald Trump is president, but we aren’t Bernie, we are the real political revolution. The real political revolution is a story of resistance. Either way it goes this was the only real choice we had in this election. If don’t we don't want this to happen again the message is clear -- RESIST OR DIE.