Hello world! “Make America Great Again” said no person of color ever in any political election. If you read the writers including Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the slave is the 4th of July?” dated July 5, 1852 and Langston Hughes’ poem, “Let America Be America Again” in 1935, a person can assume that people of color have been treated unequal since the 1600s. In fact, we have. That sums up this article quite nicely. However, let’s dig deeper with more adjectives.
Let’s create the additions of being a female and a person of color in America. Digging deeper, let’s write about being a single middle-aged female without children whose a person of color that works as an educator defined in the 21st century online as “teaching is white collar credentials with blue collar pay. ” In fact, I work multiple jobs including education as a single homeowner. Most Americans support their households with multiple income streams besides their main career. There are times that the recent rebuke of #45 against four Democratic women in Congress who are people of color (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley to “go back” to their home countries if they don’t like it here) aggravate my nerves, then I allow the dissipation of my anger to subside since I’m one of a trillion plus on the planet earth who won’t allow a diminutive child control the emotions of a working adult with bills to pay.
We seem voiceless. It’s a harsh void that I move, work, and sleep as a woman of color. I’m a voice actor, singer, educator, and yet, I feel voiceless. I stay focused on what’s important to me: my family, my health, my work, and my rest. Mind you, a woman of color is mostly a single female of color. She lives alone while educated men of color avoid marrying educated women of color. Again, I’m not angry. Let’s remain happy and faithful to whom people we love. However, it’s the world that I’ve lived in for most of my adult life and deserves its own manuscript. We’ve been “angry” for centuries as my ancestor’s babies were ripped from their arms or wombs. At least, I believe that it’s asking too much of people of color to join in the cacophony of angry voices in a nation against a balding orange elder in a temporary executive office called the presidency. We’ve been using our voice and manuscripts for centuries. Wow, people actually heard us despite the numerous killing of people of color and teenagers by law enforcement? It took about four to five centuries for people to agree with people of color as a collective group in discussing racism and sexism with the #metoo movement in communities across the nation.
The change in my lifetime seems remote that racism, sexism, the ‘isms’ in America will formally diminish to equality. Surprised as people of color were when President Obama (eliminated his 44 number by name) was elected, I’m equally shocked upon reflection that number 45 shook President Obama’s hand once he was elected. Maybe #45 is not a racist. He’s colorblind except for the color green. Yet, the only thought worth remembering for me remains how people (not color) has removed their tinted glasses and see crystal clear the administration as a group. As a matter of fact, my protection would be to hide my voice so not to become a target of abuse, that’s what most Republicans have done except the following: Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23), Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-05), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) who rebuked #45 against his statement.
We are living among familiar territory with strange twists in outcome. Hopefully, I will live to see the conclusion of these realities or “isms, ” write about them and share my talent about them without consequences. Prayers appreciated.