“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
The fated day has come and a new president has been elected, Donald Trump. Our future president has made it abundantly clear that his political positions are predicated on bias, bigotry and maintaining partisanship. Despite the dismal social climate and bleak political forecast, I encourage African Americans to maintain their faith in humanity and to continue to participate in the democratic process. As a black- owned media entity, it is our civic duty and moral responsibility to continue challenge the inequitable policies and practices that aim to further dismantle the structure of the black family and that seek to destroy the fabric of our community.
For centuries, this country has been plagued with biased racial and gender-based ideologies that have suffocated the voices and stifled the progress of many of its citizens. Despite adversity, African Americans and women have made significant gains on the road to equality. Donald Trump’s presidential victory lights the path showing us how much farther we must go.
Although fatigued and disheartened, we cannot allow ourselves to drown in a sea of color or gender apathy. It is now time for us to summon the strength of our ancestors and allow their spirit of perseverance to anchor us as we stand tall, strong and united. Our journey will not be easy, but it is worth it. I encourage all of us to serve as allies of justice in the war for peace and equality. It is my hope that we can stand collectively against any effort made to marginalize black and brown communities and resist any effort intended to weaken our voice. We have risen above the tenure and aftermath of presidents in the past. We will survive President Donald Trump. And again…like air, We will rise.