OFF THE BLOCK
It is 11:46 pm EST as I sit in from of the black screen writing this blog. Biden is currently leading 209 to 118 on the race to 270 electoral votes and the cursor is blinking on the screen looking agitated that I have not began to start pecking the life out of the keyboard. Yes pecking. For as long as I have been writing, I am still a pecker. I look at the keys as I type and I use two maybe three fingers max while doing this. But, this isn’t about my lack of typing skills. This is about my fear of what awaits us in the morning.
Over the Horizon
I was in Pigeon Forge, TN a little over a month ago and two things frightened me while we were there. The first thing was the presence of countless Trump 2020 signs that littered lawns on the way to our cabin. The second were the hills. Have you ever driven up a hill that was so steep that you couldn’t see over the top, so it’s nearly impossible to see what’s ahead? Who knew that trip was somewhat of a foreshadow of election night. The fear of Trump supporters and the inability of seeing what is ahead after we overcome this hill. Did I mention there was a Trump Store on the main road? That probably wasn’t even important, but I just wanted people to know. What is important though, is that we don’t let the President Elect deter us from what our original focus was in the first place. And that is to push forward a black agenda. This means law enforcement training and reform, allocating more funding into urban school and infrastructure development and a serious consideration of reparations. I know non-blacks and some black folks cringe at the word, but for me, I can take no administration serious until reparations becomes a focal point. I have voted, in hopes of ushering in a new administration that will hopefully bring some sort of harmony socially, but I realize that our work does not stop there.
Between posting IG pics and watching Good Times reruns, the time is slowly ticking away. It is now 12:37am EST and Biden is in the lead 223-174. With all of the early and absentee voters, I’m not even sure if there will be a conclusive winner any time before Friday or maybe even next week. In any case, we must remain focused on moving our culture and community forward with or without the assistance of the White House occupant. A strong focus on the local governments and grassroot activists within our community is necessary to press politicians in Washington to do what we need them to do, even if they don’t belong to the party we support. I’m not interested in politics or parties, I am interested in the advancement of my community. And we need to press forward with the same intensity before, during and long after this election process. Also, I know I hinted at reparations and you’re probably curious about my intentions. We’ll talk about that next time.