I believe everyone has the right to his or her opinion Facebook, however, has forever changed my opinion of many of my former white co-workers, white associates, and some white leaders.
Although I can and will continue to agree to disagree without being disagreeable, as the result of their comments they have revealed their true colors.
As my grandmother would say: “There are a lot of bad, evil and dangerous people walking around in good folks clothes”
Over the past year or so I have watched with much discomfort these same “white folks” become comfortable in their anti-blackness, anti-immigrants, and in some cases anti-women. I watched them share racist right-wing opinions and argue who was worthy of life and humanity. I watched them; whether it was siding with Trump’s view of women, accepting Roy Moore’s refusal to take responsibility for his actions with teenage girls, or supporting the white supremacist and Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, devalue our lives, the lives of women and reality as a whole.
Now that I know their ideals, their principles and their personal views it’s going to be hard for them to ever be “OK with me” again. It would be different if their comments were just an exchange of insights and they were able to agree to disagree but this has not been the case. This has been far more than just a difference in political ideology; many of their Facebook posts and comments over this past year have and continue to be racist and discriminatory.
For me, as a Black man, when I hear the words, “Make America Great Again”, I believe Trump and his followers are referring to a time when “the white man was king”. This was a time before the Civil Rights Movement and a time when it was acceptable for men to chase their secretaries around their desks.
The America Trump and his followers want to see again has little to do with economic policies as opposed to a time of bigoted social policies.
According to their comments many of my so-called “Facebook Friends” are fully onboard with Trump’s, “Make America Great Again” campaign and that, for me, has confirmed not only the words of my grandmother but the words of Maya Angelou as well when she said;
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are”