Local Blacks express their feelings about Donald Trump’s presidential win
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump shocked the world when he was elected president of the United States on Tuesday.
Trump defeated Democrat and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in one of the biggest upset in history. Some political analyst had expected Clinton to win in a landside.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has made comments not favorable to Muslims, immigrants, Latinos and Blacks.
Black Daytonans reacted to Trump’s stunning victory with concern for their communities and the nation.
“The country is in bad shape. I don’t think people thought this out and analyzed the situation before voting. Trump has indicated that he doesn’t like certain people. Whatever he does will affect everyone, despite ethnicity or background,” said Patricia Heard, a businesswoman and retired educator.
“We chose a president who had no political accolades and no military background. I can’t understand why he didn’t submit his taxes in the past few years. People earning less than $8,000 a year have to submit taxes. There is trouble brewing. People need to be prayerful and watchful daily,’’ she added.
A local supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement expressed concern.
“Only in America. Considering he called Black Lives Matter a no-good terror organization I think there should be some concern,” said Sean Hamilton, who has organized anti-violence and unity marches in Daytona’s Black community.
Trump’s comments have many Blacks worried about the future.
“I am near speechless and couldn’t keep the tears from stinging my eyes as I stood before my students this morning. I cried because of the world of uncertainty about so many things that matter to millions of Americans that a Trump presidency brings,” commented Dr. Claudette McFadden.
McFadden is the professor of Communications Studies, Theater and Dance at Bethune-Cookman University. She also is the co-chair of the school’s political action task force.
“I cried as a citizen of this country, which is the only one I have ever lived in. I cried as a Black woman who is the grandmother of a 2-year old and mother of a 27 year-old Black male. As an educator, I am concerned for students facing debt, seniors looking towards Social Security and Medicare. I am concerned as a professor at one of the nation’s remaining 104 HBCUs,’’ she added.
Volusia County/Daytona Beach NAACP President Cynthia Slater is concerned about diversity with the next administration.
Slater said, “This is what happens when you don’t vote. This is a time in America when we must reflect upon our value system. Do we want the leader of the most powerful country in the world to be a rogue? Or someone who we can be proud of that will represent this great nation.”
In addition, Slater said she was not pleased with voter turnout and problems with some of the machines.
“I am disappointed in the turnout in minority communities. Additionally, precincts in some states and even here locally experienced communication issues with voters attempting to make address changes at polling cites. It took hours for the system to catch up. This caused backups in lines where voters did not want to wait. Many left without voting. This discouraged and disenfranchised many voters,” Slater told the Times.
Linda McGee is both a Black woman and a Muslim American.
“Trump being elected is what it is. The country is in an uproar for different reasons. I’ll accept it for what it is and see what the outcome is going to be once he gets in office,” McGee remarked.
She believes Trump was elected because “he is outspoken and forceful when he wants to be.’’
McGee explained, “His homerun was that he wants to make things better and many bought into it. I also think that he was elected because of Obamacare, which sounded good at first, but when it went into effect it caused people grief. Many who had health insurance lost it and many were penalized if they didn’t get it. Many just found that they couldn’t afford it.’’