I cried when the news broke that Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Yes. I cried. I took a shot of my husband's whiskey on election night thinking Americans hate women, people of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. But most importantly, who were my friends who voted for him to hold the most valuable position in the world.
I use to be very lax about politics. I like to think that my husband's constant viewing of political pundits along with listening to Sirius political stations made me care just a little more. Heck, not just a little more, I put my entire heart into the big election. I finally felt the defeat that die-hard fans experience when their favorite team loses a championship.
The media catapult my interest as well due to the 24/7 coverage about Donny and Hilly. The majority of my Facebook timeline consists of friends in total agreement that we (black folks) were doomed either way. However, I always felt that Hillary is a far better option than The Don. The Facebook memories of yesteryear now show me how bothered I was about the election. Before the announcement of Donny's victory, I have to admit that I was naive about the world.
I recall watching the post-election Saturday Night Live bit featuring Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock. The legendary comedians sarcastically teased the liberal white characters as if all of us Millennials were living in an unrealistic reality. I suppose the comedians were right. The country elected a man who did not reflect my American values, in fact; he practically shitted on the system publically with no regrets. Yes, this person who we wouldn't want our kids mimicking made it to the presidential office.
Weeks past and I wasn't so fearful about America's future anymore. I knew that I wasn't the only person in my feelings. Protests were taking place nearly every day. People were standing up and resisting the Trump establishment. Newly elected president Trump's inaugural turnout was shallow af. However less than 24 hours later, a women's march that took place at the same location drew a massive crowd. The movement streamed through various social media platforms showing the world that we knew we made a mistake. Women all over stood up, and some chanted, "This pussy bites back." in response to Trump's boasting remark about grabbing a woman's vagina.
Since that moment we have witnessed the daily falls of Trump publically. We've watched Trump stand up for the new Nazis, create hardships for immigrants, allegedly conspired with foreign powers against America's democracy, use Twitter to bully people, constantly lie and casually devote his presidency to dividing the nation.
Through all of Trump's shenanigans, the minorities have held steadfast to advance a moment that is now revolutionizing America. Women are no longer hiding and keeping secrets about abuse. They're speaking out, and #metoo is trending. Minorities (people of color, LGBTQ, individuals with disabilities and women) are winning. Even America's country music stars are joining the bandwagon with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley remixing the classic "Before he Cheats" into "Before he Tweets."
The group that I thought Americans hate, minorities, are incrementally prevailing and ironically it is because Trump is president. Who knew a year later that Fox would falter, Hollywood's white male executives would face the fiery for their years of sexual misconduct, minority Democrats would sweep elections, and just about anyone affiliated with the Trump camp would lose credibility. And now, because of Trump's erratic childish unplanned behavior, many folks finally recognize Obama as GOAT, and we realize that George W. Bush isn't that bad after all. GW is kind of funny in retrospect (I love his love for Michelle Obama).
I feel like 2016 ended with the death of naivety and a lot of celebrities, 2017 will be cast as our modern day woke period, and 2018 will be about the rise of equality for all and hopefully initiate police reform (wishful thinking never hurts). God willing, I will be able to witness a great manifestation of Americans working to right a wrong - the Trump era.