It’s never been more difficult for me to craft a cogent narrative for this column than at this moment, in the wake of what I believed was incomprehensible; perhaps the most unqualified person ever to win a major party nomination for President of the United States, Donald John Trump, is going to be the next occupant of the White House.

Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)

Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)

Trump, the same man who led the charge to delegitimize the first Black President of the United States, will now succeed him as the 45th president. No sense in re-litigating Trump’s myriad transgressions, it won’t change the outcome.

So, now what?

What do we do now that the man who allegedly once quipped about nuclear weapons, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?,” now will have control of America’s nuclear codes?

What do Black and Hispanic men do when Trump implements a national version of the notorious, “zero tolerance,” and “stop and frisk,” policing policies, which led to the mass incarceration and state sanctioned harassment of Black and Brown people?

What do undocumented men, women and children do when Trump builds, “the wall,” and then assembles his so-called deportation force to round up millions of people and rip them from their homes and schools?

What will we do when the bottom drops out of our economy and we dip into a severe recession, given the fact that stock markets around the globe are already gyrating, triggered by the news of Trump’s ascension to The White House?

Trump says he wants to ban all Muslims from the United States indefinitely. So, if there is another terrorist attack on American soil, what are Muslim Americans going to do if Trump orders them rounded up and placed in internment camps, as was the case for Japanese Americans during World War II?

What will women do when their reproductive rights are dismantled after Roe v. Wade is overturned by a Trump infused Supreme Court?

What are the Black people who voted for Trump because, “the Mexicans are taking all our jobs,” going to do when they still don’t have a damn job?

Poor White men and working class White men were drawn to Trump’s White nationalist platform like moths to a flame, affirmation for them, that White lives do matter. And they voted for him in droves. But, what are those poor and working class White men going to do when their president discards them like so much refuse, and their jobs never come back? But, those White men, no matter their station in life will cling to their Whiteness and find comfort, no matter what.

Assata Shakur, the former Black Panther accused of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, who has lived in exile in Cuba for decades (who was placed on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists list in 2014 during the Obama administration!), spoke about freedom on rapper Common’s song, “For Assata,” in 2000.

“You asking me about freedom…I’ll be honest with you, I know a whole lot more about what freedom isn’t, than what it is. Because I’ve never been free,” Shakur said.

The White men who propelled their champion to victory have no problem gambling with the fate of our nation, because their freedom has never truly been imperiled. They don’t know just how precious it truly is.

I have a friend, the mother of two magnificent little Black boys; both pre-teens, brilliant, loving, handsome little Black boys. She called me early Wednesday morning sobbing.

“How am I going to tell my sons that this is the world they are waking up to this morning?” she said. A world where Donald Trump is President of the United States. “Police kill Black men and boys everyday with a Black man in the White House, now what are they going to do with Trump in the White House?”

What is my friend going to say to her little Black boys?

Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor