Commentary, Opinion

COMMENTARY — Make America Great Again for Whom?

By Jacinth Jones, Staff Writer
Posted 9:20 PM EST, Sun., Jan. 29, 2017

Between President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, the media’s circus of a portrayal of the new commander-in-chief and his supporters during his campaign, I was expecting more out of last Friday’s inauguration.

The lack of attendance was evident. Although streets were barricaded, surrounded with police and military enforcement, there was no need. Despite the mix of supporters and protesters, everyone came with a purpose and confined to their own space. There was a sense of peace compared to the chaos, havoc, and disarray which was presented by the media leading up to the inauguration.

Although there was peace in regards to violence, hostility and uncertainty filled the air. As the American people look towards President Trump’s first 100 days in office, America appears to be at a divide on whether or not America will be great again.

Despite the weather (which was indicative of God’s tears), Americans from all over used the inauguration as a tool to exercise their First Amendment right by voicing their opinions and delivering political statements. As the newly elected president of the United States, Trump has already prompted a divide within the dominant white community.

As expected, diversity was non-existent. Minorities in addition to Blacks failed to make an appearance. The demographics of the audience differed distinctly from the inaugurations of former President Barack Obama. People of color were a rarity, and I felt incongruous. Considering that the majority of minorities voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, why would an effort be made to attend?

Inaugural weekend felt unreal. Growing up with Obama since the age of 11, the thought of a new president was unsettling. He was not a perfect president, but he instilled hope and change to America and its people. A new president was inevitable, but the end of Obama’s term came as soon as it started. Although President Obama’s departure was a sad one, I am appreciative of his efforts and dedication towards the people.
As President Trump succeeds President Obama, I am skeptical of his actions towards how the United States will transform. As an African-American, it is a wonder if America was ever great to me in the beginning. How do I expect a system that was never built for me to protect a Black body? The nostalgia for better times intersects with race, history, and reality. Where is President Trump trying to return to, and if it is for the greatness of America, will I be included?

January 29, 2017

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