During the campaign, Hilary Clinton attacked Donald Trump for highlighting troubles in our urban areas, even if his wording lacked class.
The statistics are staggering: Twenty-five percent of black parents in America report that their children live in unsafe neighborhoods, according to the US News and World Report on education published last year. Thirty-four percent of high-school freshmen who are held back in our school system are African-American, nearly three times the rate of whites. Blacks also make up 42 percent of students who receive multiple out-of-school suspensions nationwide. Statistics show that 40 percent of white students finish their college degree in four years, compared to only 20 percent of black students.
Why wouldn't she just agree with Trump that there are problems that need to be addressed? That would have conveyed to the black community: I hear you. I'm here to help.
And, in this new age of transparency and the internet, where every word you say gets recorded and re-tweeted, it's more important than ever for political candidates to say things that are directly aimed at and support key constituencies.
Of course, the internet recorded Donald Trump's history of racial discrimination and his divisive tone toward women. But, what transcended that was Trump's anti-establishment stance. That has finally taken the wool from over the eyes of many African-Americans — including myself — in relation to the Clinton family, media and the establishment.
It's been hard to face the facts on how our underserved black lives have gotten worse, not better under our beloved President Obama. The undeniable truth about the Clintons has been disappointing to many because they've prided themselves on improving the lives of African-Americans for decades, even as their incarceration policies crippled our communities at its core.
Blacks have supported the Clintons, campaigned for them, donated to them and considered them one of our own. (Remember when people called Bill Clinton the "first black president?")
African-American comedian Dave Chapel recently voted for Hillary Clinton but made it clear that he didn't feel good about it as he stated "She's not right and we all know it."
When I finally got into the ballot booth and checked away at local, state and national Democrats on my ballot, I chose a different route for president. I voted for the hundreds of thousands and black non-violent criminals incarcerated as a result of the mandatory minimums. I voted for a more transparent system of deploying aid to underserved countries. I voted for the dream of seeing black millennial and general unemployment rates reach the levels of other races in America. I voted for the hope that entitlements will put accountability measures in place in order to keep low income black parents involved in their kids education as well as help spur job creation over well fare in some cases. I voted for a hope of making black America great again too. I voted for an end of 30 years of establishment rule in America.
I voted for President Donald Trump, with hopes that God frees his mind of the bias and division long enough to do great things for blacks and all the citizens of our great nation.