Time To Move On (By iQoncept_Shutterstock)

By AFRO Staff

We’ve voted and now it’s time to move on. It’s time to begin the rebuilding necessary to heal our homes, communities and spirits.

We voted by the millions. Mobilized by the NAACP, the Urban League, the Black Press, community organizations and activists, we voted. Faith organizations wrote voting into their liturgy. Education and training groups wrote it into their curriculum. We voted by mail. We voted by ballot box. We stood in line, no matter the wait, and did the work we were called upon to do.

In fact, Black women made conscious appeals for Black men to show up at the polls this time. They did. And the numbers say many of them voted for the incumbent president. That wasn’t the object of the invitation. But it wasn’t new. Research shows 13% of Black men who voted in 2016, cast their vote for Donald Trump. This is a surprising number considering the rancor from the Black community and the usual bent this community has toward Democrats. And one of the first things out of Trump’s mouth in the immediate aftermath of the votes cast on Nov. 3, was his attempt to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Black votes in cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

While it’s too soon to compare those numbers with those from this most recent election, one has to wonder how the incumbent is in a virtual tie  with Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Hard times for our community have been exacerbated by the dearth of jobs and income, the need for social distancing and often, hospitalization, due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, rampant in this country since February. All of these make it difficult to understand the seeming support for the person who could have averted much of this with just a little show of responsibility expected from the country’s CEO. Trump has wielded blatant disrespect for the country’s heroes, military and first responders; disregard for the health and safety of his own staff and security details. And he has continually refused to  take a stand against known hate groups, while the entire country watched.

After four perilous and exhausting years, more than half of America is ready to move on. Now it’s time for the disastrous  45th president to move on too.