“We must organize to put Africans first. Trump can drive the U.S. to hell in a hand basket. We must struggle to be self-determined.”
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Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the president of U.S. on January 20, 2017. He became the 45th U.S. president to take office.
He began his inauguration speech by thanking the past U.S. presidents that were present at the ceremony, including Barack Obama, whom Trump claimed a fierce opposition to during his campaign.
This shows that Trump is aligned with imperialism and simply used backlash against the black president to consolidate the white working class.
His entire speech was filled with white nationalist rhetoric and outright lies to coddle the white working class, affirming their beliefs that the crises they face are the result of the U.S. somehow losing its way as opposed to being the inevitable result of oppressed people rising up against imperialism and the unstable nature of capitalism.
Trump claimed to be transferring power from “Washington D.C. to the people,” despite it still being the same government built on the theft and oppression of other nations.
He told the audience: “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”
Trump will never acknowledge the oppression that causes these contradictions, nor will he acknowledge that they primarily affect the African working class.
He went on to hint at our contradictions, but never calls us by who we are as Africans, and never mentions that our conditions are the result of white power colonialism.
Trump sounded ridiculous when he said “whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.”
Clearly, a child born in the so-called urban sprawl of Detroit (presumably African) has to deal with a colonial question. It doesn’t matter where in that sky he looks.
A new political era that is void of reality
The crisis of imperialism has created a political environment that is filled with myths in order to explain what white people are seeing and feeling without outright telling them it’s their own chickens coming home to roost.
Trump told the audience at the ceremony that “we’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.”
This is totally false. The U.S. owes everything it has to Africa and oppressed peoples around the world. There has never been one moment where the U.S. has made any other country rich, especially at its own expense.
He also continued to feed the audience the same lies about oppressed Muslims that helped get him elected.
He told them “we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones—and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”
Democrats are no different. They are saying anything to undermine Trump’s presidency, from claiming Russian infiltration, to trying to get intervention from the electoral college.
White women marched on Washington D.C. the day after the inauguration to pull their faction together for the Democratic Party.
Petty bourgeoisie politician and civil rights movement veteran John Lewis boycotted the ceremony, as if all of the other presidents boots he’s licked were any better than Trump’s.
White nationalism is trendy
U.S. imperialism could not survive without Africans living under this type of everyday carnage. The white ruling class knew what a powder keg the country was, especially during the rise of the Black Power Movement.
To prevent this powder keg from exploding, they made concessions such as so-called civil rights and affirmative action.
The final tipping point was a black face representing white power. It served to fool many Africans into a false sense of safety and confidence in the U.S. government, but it backfired when it came to the white working class.
They could already see their quality of life diminishing as the ruling class hangs on to its own decadence despite dwindling resources, and now they can’t even see themselves as socially superior.
Police terror, white nationalist political narrative and the election of Donald Trump is how they have chosen to “make America great again.”
The inaugural concert that took place the night before the ceremony was a “who’s who” of white country and rock singers who promote white nationalism. One such singer performed a song about using rope to hang all of the “bad guys” in Texas.
Considering who makes up the majority of Texan prison camps, it is clear to us who the so-called “bad guys” are.
Trump promised the audience that from this moment on it will be “America first.” The U.S. has always put itself first. Working class whites are just not getting as much as they are used to, and they don’t want to accept the fact that their lives will always be an upgrade from their lives in Europe before they began raping and plundering the world.
Africans should take this opportunity to expose this and the many other blatant contradictions within the Trump regime and the U.S. government in general.
We must organize to put Africans first. Trump can drive the U.S. to hell in a hand basket. We must struggle to be self-determined.