Since the Powers that Be have decided that The Black Man with no real power is to grace the White House for four more years, where does that leave us? Last night, my good friend called me to tell me his horror story of 9 days with no power, heat, fuel, food and his job calling him to demand his return to work...or else.
“If Obama takes it home tonight, do you think he’ll put more emphasis on us this time and help us to get back on track?”
That was his earth-shattering question.
My heart broke ever so quietly as I heard the slight tinge of desperation in this man’s voice. I knew he was in need. As am I. As am the millions of blacks without work, healthcare, homes, vehicles and livelihood. I wanted to reach into the phone and hug him and say what he wanted and perhaps needed to hear…but I’m a horrible liar.
“Well…let’s just wait and see what happens after the “Sandy spectacle” and the mess of the holidays are over.” He paused then said, “You haven’t given up on humans, right? I mean, Obama is just one guy and this country is a mess so you can’t expect miracles.”
How do I answer this question.
Whites have not only expected but demanded miracles and their needs have ALWAYS been met. Whites have not only expected but demanded that laws benefit them and their spawn and their needs have ALWAYS been met. So now, I, a black woman, shouldn’t expect too much?
After our ordeal with freezing cold and no food, high unemployment/ underemployment and other methods designed to crush the black population, I wanted to be as gentle to my friend as possible. So I responded, “X, why don’t we wait til we’re back on track with power and heat and food and then we’ll talk about this some more. Right now, we need supplies so we don’t freeze…there’s a new storm coming so let’s just get prepared…ok?”
He chuckled at my flimsy attempt to diffused and calm him.
“OK, my friend…sure. Let me know how you and the family make out.”
After we hung up, I was again, lost in deep thought. Now what? What will our (s)elected president do in four more years? What will happen to us now? Will we pick up? Will we sink further? Will another disaster wipe out another major, well-populated area? Was Hurricane Sandy just a “test” to see how we’d respond to darkness, cold, hunger and no escape route?
What are your thoughts?