By Roger Caldwell
There is a pervasive sickness in America, and it is called White supremacy, and systemic racism. These ideologies are invisible, and many Americans now believe that success has nothing to do with the color of an individual’s skin. Discrimination does no longer exist, and everyone has the same opportunities.
It is very easy to get caught in this frame of mind, because you can look at the millions of people of color, who are a success in one generation. Instead of challenging and fighting racism, they put the...
By Roger Caldwell
In the presidential election in 2020, 18% of registered Black men voted for Ex-President Trump. Some were Republicans, some were independents, some were Democrats, some were Evangelicals, and many were conservatives. Black women in the 2020 presidential election, doubled to 8%, and voted for Ex-President Trump according to Essence Magazine.
It is quite amazing that in 2020 more Blacks, both men and women voted for Trump, and they believed that he was the right man for the job. Trump pushed hard to win over Black and Latino voters by saying, ”Black and Latino Americans are rejecting the radical socialist left, and they’re embracing our pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-police – we want law and order, we have to have law and order – and pro-American.”
Even though Trump lost the election by over 7 million votes, there are many Blacks, who still think he had won the election. These die-hard Trump supporters do not believe the credible numbers and state reports on the election, and they prefer to believe “The Big Lie.”
On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, President Biden delivered his first joint speech to Congress, which spoke of his early accomplishments, made the case for his future historic agenda, and the speech was on his 99th day in office.
This State of the Union address was historic as two women sat behind the President, one being a Black woman – Vice-President Kamala Harris, and the other was Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi. The image of Federal legislatures distancing in the hall was significant to America, because it spoke of the battle America was fighting with Covid-19.
President Biden in his first joint address had an approval rating of over 60% in his handling of the pandemic, vaccines, and in his approval job rating was 53%. The President presented the country with a bold plan with sweeping ideas, and trillions in new spending, vast new investments in health care, education, the environment, infrastructure, police reform, and more.
President Biden is a creative visionary, and he is determined to execute his programs, without bipartisanship from the Republicans, if they refuse to act. In his speech, he informed Americans that the nation was getting closer to his vision of “one people, one nation, one America”.
It is obvious that the Republican Party and its leadership do not agree with President Biden, and it was evident in the rebuttal from Senator Tim Scott. Senator Tim Scott is a Black Republican Senator from South Carolina, and many Blacks around the country are calling him a token Black for his party. Others are calling him Uncle Tom, and showing the connection between him, and Uncle Tom.
When Blacks in 2021 calls someone an Uncle Tom, they are not saying it as a compliment. We reserve this name Uncle Tom for a Black conservative, a Trump supporter, a Black Republican, or someone who believes that racism does not exist in America.
In Senator Tim Scott’s rebuttal of President Biden’s speech, the senator said, “Hear me clearly, America is not a racist country.” This statement appeared to be a play from the Republican playbook, and it made no sense to the majority of Blacks, and many other Americans. Systemic racism happens every day on many different levels, and to say it does not exist is a lie, and not the truth.
It is time that all Americans speak the truth, and Black leaders must stop hiding from reality.
Former President Trump disrespected our women and men, called Africa dirty names, and Black folks still voted for him. Conservative leaders are doing everything that they can do to suppress the vote, and Senator Scott appears to support all of the Republicans’ plans.
Yes, Senator Scott is an Uncle Tom (Uncle Tim), when he defends the party whose policies have kept Black families down all these generations, and allow police to kill Blacks for walking down the street. All of this is White supremacy at its best, and our leaders must call it out, and fight it.
Genocide is in the plan for Blacks and people of color – “What side are you on.”
By Roger Caldwell
When this article is published, it may be too early to declare a presidential winner in the for the 2020 election. Or maybe it is very easy to declare a winner because the Democrats or the Republicans have won by such a large exceeding margin. It definitely matters, but systemic or institutional racism will still be a major challenge with very few solutions, and policies after the election.
Everyone in the news media is talking about voter suppression and the intimidation of the election with many White supremacist organizations and groups. In 2020, it would appear that these egregious activities would not take place after 100 years of an Ocoee Massacre in 1920.
The ironic thing about America in 2020, White supremacist organizations are intimidating Black and minorities around the country with guns at certain ballot locations. The more things change in America, the more they stay the same.
On November 2, 1920, Election Day, a White mob attacked and killed 30 - 50 African Americans’ in Ocoee, Florida, because they had worked and registered to vote. “In Orange County, as well as the rest of Florida had been politically dominated by Southern White Democrats, since the end of Reconstruction. But, in the weeks leading up to the presidential election of 1920, African Americans throughout the South were registering to vote in record numbers. During this period, the Ku Klux Klan was having a revival and warned the Black community that not a single African American would be permitted to vote,” from Wikipedia Dictionary.
On Election Day, African Americans were met with resistance, and some Blacks returned with shotguns. The Whites surrounded Julius “July” Perry’s home and he killed two of the deputized members of the mob. Sam Salisbury was a police chief in Orlando, who was injured in the attack on July Perry’s home, and reinforcements from the Ku Klux Klan and other whites in the surrounding area were called in. This larger group burnt down businesses and homes of the Black community in Ocoee Florida, and lynched Mr. Perry.
“After White residents terrorized all the Black residents to leave following the Massacre, Ocoee would remain an all White sundown town, a dangerous place for Black people after dark, until the late 1970, and early 80’s’” says reporter Monivette Cordeiro of the Orlando Sentinel.
Systemic discrimination and racism that everyone in Florida acts as thou it does not exist, and no one wants to talk about it. When Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford Florida walking down the street in 2012, by a neighborhood watch volunteer, he was found innocent of all charges of murder.
The legacy of lynching is still a reality in 2020. When the police are able to kill a Black Man, George Floyd, and the community is watching, something is fundamentally wrong with the system. When Breonna Taylor is killed by police in her Louisville home, and only one officer is charged with shooting in another apartment, something is wrong.
While more African Americans and people of color have been elected in Central Florida, and around the country, racism is still an issue. Orange County has elected its first Black mayor, Mayor Jerry Demings, and things are changing, but are things moving to slow.
Black Lives Matter – Black Vote Matters – and your vote is your voice. But the questions in this election are -will the Black vote be suppressed, and what happens to racism after the election?
There are more overt White supremacist groups, who are preparing for war, to take their country back.
Today Ocoee looks like any suburban community outside of Orlando, and everyone is always smiling, and wishing you a good day. But 50 years ago if you were Black, you were not allowed in the city after sundown. Racism is still a reality in America, and a smile could still turn into a violent encounter with White people with guns.