BLACK IN AMERICA 2016
By: Diana Quintana
I was asked to write about my views of race relations in America right now in 2016. Well here it is!
After waking up the other morning and opening my Facebook account, I read a message from a childhood friend that directly opened by saying- “Are you sure you want to support this guy? You talk and say things like you are not black, but you are.” Not good morning dear friend I hope this finds you well. Then my friend goes on to say- “If he gets in office (Donald Trump), you, not your white friends and relatives, but you will feel the pain, disconnection and, limitations.” Well needless to say, boy was I hurt. This is someone I have known more than 35 years. I was floored, shocked, and taken back. This is one of the most racist things I have ever heard in my life! And this was from a Black man.
Because I am a free thinking, constitution loving, bill of rights reading and understanding American, and because I am willing to stand up for my country, I guess that is not Black enough. Well I refuse to live my life being a color. Every day I get up, look into the mirror, and I am reminded that I am a black woman. I don’t need anyone to think that they need to remind me. I am proud to be a successful Black American. I am not ashamed of loving and giving praise to my God and my country.
Democrats have influenced Black Americans for many hundreds of years. Democrats were in favor of slavery. Democrats did not favor the Civil Rights Bill, it was the Republican Party that voted overwhelmingly to pass the Civil Rights Bill.
I will not cast my vote for anyone based on the color of their skin. I will not live my life being a color. I do have a dream that one day our children will be looked up to and respected for the content of their character. I am and will remain a free-thinking American. Thousands of years ago a man died on the cross for me to have the right to choose. Hundreds of years ago many good men died for me to have the right to live free, to think free, to walk freely, and to be whatever I choose. This is being destroyed by an administration that has caused a cancer to grow in America by the name of RACISM! I will not be a part of that. I will love all Americans! This is the land of OPPORTUNITY, the land of FREEDOM, the land of GREATNESS, STRENGTH, and MORAL JUSTICE! This is my home! This is my America! I am freedoms voice! I am an American!
For some I guess that means I am not Black enough.