Regardless of how you may feel about the turnout of last night’s presidential election, Donald Trump‘s win has many people on the defensive. Tensions have always been high for Black people and other people of color in this country, but to say that Trump’s America will heat up the pot is an understatement. We’ve got a lotta work to do over the course of these next four years.
Hip-hop has been stomping all over Trump for the last year and a half, but one question remains: now what? Southern legends Killer Mike and David Banner were two voices with things to say this morning. Mike broke down how racism was the dividing line that separated poor White and Black workers in the South back in the 1950s and how that affected their voting yesterday:
“I think they work for a party and have voted for a party that used the illusion of patriotism; that used the illusion of military; that used the illusion of being better by skin color or class to oppress them,” he told the panel. “And on the other side, I think people who look like all the people on this panel–black, brown, and all types of hues in between–I think that we have been used by a party to the liberal side that once enacted, and once in office, has not enacted policy that was reflective of stuff that would bring our communities up, so I think poor people got angry, and I think that there just happen to be, by this country, more poor angry white people.”
Voting numbers show that White voters came out in numbers that managed to beat back every other demographic (Black, Hispanic/Latino, etc) who voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. David Banner followed up shortly after with a Facebook video claiming that Trump’s election is “the best thing that’s ever happened to Black people.” Why? Because our asses are finally so deep into the fire that we’re ready to move, according to him.
“The fake mask has been ripped off, and Hillary winning may have kept that mask on,” he said. It’s impossible to tell whether or not that would’ve been the case, considering that most Black people voting for Clinton did it solely out of necessity and could’ve just as easily brought her to task for her role in mass incarceration, but that’s not the path we chose. He put the same emphasis on community building that Mike did when he talked about Sanders losing the Democratic nomination back in July.
Both Mike and Banner’s music speaks to their actions as Black activists, but we’ll see how much of their word we heed in the coming months and years.