Why I am not shocked or horrified by racial violence in Charlottesville

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I could easily say I’m shocked and terrified by what happened in Charlottesville today–the hate and violence. But I’d be lying through my teeth. I’m not shocked or horrified. This hate and violence is not new. My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents etc. lived with this bigotry and terrorism their entire lives.

Ku_Klux_Klan_members_march_down_Pennsylvania_Avenue_in_Washington,_D.C._in_1928Let’s be clear, this is terrorism–white supremacist/nationalist terrorism and we need to get comfortable saying it. I don’t want to hear about Da’esh (Islamic State), immigrants, migrants or even North Korea. They are not the threat to the United States, white supremacy is. Unfortunately we have a weak chief executive in Donald Trump, supported by white nationalists/supremacists who are quick to claim their leverage over him. It’s why Mr. Trump condemned bigotry, without actually calling this white supremacist terrorism. Just like he has yet to even mention the recent attack on a mosque in Minnesota before morning prayers. Whether Mr. Trump himself actually is a white supremacist is moot. They hold political leverage over him and that is dangerous enough.

Mr. Trump is a weak, hollow and egocentric president–a precarious combination in a country experiencing such turbulence. Let’s be clear about something else, white supremacist terrorism did not originate in 2017 or during the Obama administration. THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON IT–stolen land on the backs of stolen people.

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This country exists on land that was taken away from indigenous Americans and its economic success was built on the backs of African slaves–my ancestors. This country was not built on law and order, not democracy, not freedom. Real democracy, real freedom cannot exist in a country founded on such hatred and violence without extensive soul searching–which Americans collectively have yet to do.

So my level of fear and apprehension has not risen in the aftermath of Charlottesville. I’ve been living with it on some level ever since I was old enough to understand I was not white, and white skin is the standard in this country. As former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke reminded Mr. Trump on Twitter, it was white Americans who put him in the White House. Thus it is white Americans who are responsible for calling out this racism now. This is not African-Americans, or Latinos, Asians, Muslims, Arabs, indigenous Americans’ battle to fight. Previous generations of African-Americans have bled, died and suffered to prove our humanity to white America. If there is one thing that my generation, millennials refuse to do now is continue that. We know our humanity. In the 21st century white people need to prove their humanity in condemning this hatred.

Finally, the level of hypocrisy in American institutions is as blatant as it is heinous. Police did not move in on this rally like they do on black people marching for our right to live without a second thought. Even white people were shocked at the level of violence permitted by law enforcement. Moreover, GOP congressmen who criticized President Obama for not referring to “radical Islamic terrorism” would not be caught dead calling on Mr. Trump to call out white supremacist terrorism 1) because they know white supremacists are in their base and 2) they agree with them. This is despite multiple sources of evidence saying the vast majority of terrorist violence in this country is perpetrated by white nationalists/supremacists.

Unless GOP members of congress explicitly call this “white supremacist terrorism”, we can safely assume this about our lawmakers. We also know white supremacists have infiltrated law enforcement. So there’s blame to go around. Had Charlottesville police responded to this white supremacist rally the same way police respond to Black Lives Matter rallies without a second thought, three people likely would not be dead right now.

It may be the year 2017 but we’re still stuck in centuries past.

Russia Hacking the 2016 election: A 21st century Shakespearean tragedy

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On Friday the Washington Post published a detailed report on former President Obama’s efforts to retaliate against Russian president Vladimir Putin for hacking the 2016 election and warn the country that the election was vulnerable to such hacking.

The report retells how an envelope was delivered to the White House from the CIA in early August 2016 with special instructions that only the then-president Obama, and three of his top aides be allowed to see it. The report then recounts in detail Obama’s actions before November to safeguard the integrity of the election, and retaliate against Russia while he still sat in the Oval Office.

The report is a long, yet fascinating read which plays out like a tragic play as Obama tried to get as much information as possible about Russia’s actions, and contain the damage already done by bringing in Congress and the states. Yet like many of Obama’s efforts during his presidency, he faced obstacles at every turn. US agencies were hesitant to believe the information because of the source. While Democratic lawmakers wanted to inform the public about the threat, Republicans insisted that doing so would play into Russia’s hands by undermining the people’s trust in the system, and state governments, now largely in Republican hands considered it an attack on states’ rights and/or a political move by the now-former president. Obama was worried about inflaming politics even more by going public but congressional Democrats were willing to take that chance.

I read WaPo’s report with one fact in mind: The Guardian reported that the FBI, CIA and other US agencies were warned by our allies back in 2015 that Russia was trying to meddle in our election. A year before the election. Months before Donald Trump secured the GOP nomination. I’d like to know why it took until August for these agencies to tell the White House. Why the FBI took so long is no secret and hint: it’s the same reason James Comey brought up his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and conveniently forgot to mention his simultaneous investigation into the Trump-Russia connection right before the election. But why did the CIA keep quiet? And if the answer is that no one could fathom Trump being a contender for the White House, then that says it all.

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Some will say the tragedy is that Obama tried to protect American democracy but was blocked the same way he was blocked during his presidency. I disagree. The tragedy is that the Russians found a way to hack our election and our government either couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it.

Our former president is right, had he warned the public it would’ve been seen as a political move in a polarized election in a highly polarized time in our history. But even if Obama went public the reality is the former president tried to prevent a tragedy that had already happened. The time to stop Trump was before he received the nomination. GOP leaders and voters alike were clamoring at a way to stop him. This might have been it.

Once Ted Cruz (the only other viable candidate in the GOP race) dropped out, Russia’s task was done. The fact that the mainstream media assumed Hillary Clinton would win only aided Russia’s cause because Trump was painted as the underdog. Obama’s caution and determination to adhere to the rules of American democracy is typically admirable of him, yet ultimately conciliatory to Russia. Interestingly, key Democrats like Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff, both from California wanted to go public but Obama refused without bipartisan support.

Obama has always been reluctant to rock the boat–a hallmark of his presidency. But if he was trying not to make the situation worse by undermining public trust in the system, it was already done and one could argue he exacerbated it by not going public, in turn forcing the information to come out like this–peace mail when we should’ve been told the whole story months, if not 2 years ago.

Obama’s inaction, Comey, the DNC, state governments, GOP lawmakers, FBI/CIA//NSA, all share the blame for the situation the United States now finds itself in–a politically volatile country with a vulnerable election system, led by a narcissistic president propped by a divided Congress consumed by partisan and personal interests.

What the Alexandria shooting on June 14 says about the state of political tension in the United States

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The United States is no stranger to mass shootings. Over recent years we’ve become so desensitized to them, and most do not appear on the national news. But the shooting on June 14, 2017, incidentally one of four situations involving armed persons and ironically occuring on Mr. Trump’s birthday, marked the first political mass shooting targeting a lawmaker. Republican whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip shortly after 7:00am Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia at practice for the congressional baseball game. The shooter, James Hodgkinson from Illinois was a supporter of Bernie Sanders and very angry about the current political situation. So much, he went to the baseball field specifically to target GOP politicians.

Since then, members of Congress from both parties have come forward with death threats they’ve received and their desire for more security. What ever one’s politics, in this heightened political climate, with visibly angry town halls, it’s understandable for lawmakers to want more security.

However what’s alarming is the politicalization of Scalise’s shooting via demonization of the left. Liberals are not perfect but neither are conservatives. Obama had more threats to his life while president than probably any other previous president, the most vitriolic not because of his policies but because of his brown skin. Right-wing media is laden with threats against African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, immigrants and Jews yet it’s the Left that’s violent? James Hodgkinson was a Bernie supporter but Bernie Sanders has never even come close to supporting violence. Donald Trump openly incited violence at his campaign rallies and made divisive comments against Americans of color, Muslims, women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community yet Liberals are to blame for Scalise’s shooting?

Who or what inspired James Hodgkinson to shoot Rep. Scalise isn’t even the issue. He is responsible for his actions. But what’s disturbing is the dehumanization of non-conservatives and Donald Trump opponents by the right, and vice versa. Partisanship and political division is so intense that different political beliefs is intolerable by either side. Liberals and conservatives see the other as dragging the country down or destroying the country, rather than fellow Americans. It becomes even scarier when you consider the abundance of guns in this country.

Mr. Trump and members of Congress tried to put on a show of unity and bring the country together but Mr. Trump is no consoler-in-chief as his predecessor was and Congress and the people are too divided and the distance between politicians and the people is too great. Rep. Scalise is a friend of his and Trump rewards loyalty. If a Democratic congressman was shot it’s doubtful his response would’ve been the same.

We are entering a new state of political tension. Rep. Scalise’s shooting will not be the last of its kind. We are fast approaching the place of no return.

Black women are the least desired women… or are we?

I discuss mostly political issues on this blog, from my perspective as an African-American millennial woman. But my experience of being black shapes the way I see American politics and culture and the way I am seen in both these arenas, simply by my presence. Nowhere do I see this more than in my dating life.

The media narrative that promotes white women as the epitome of desirability and purity is alive and well even in 2017 despite all the #blackgirlmagic going on. Black women suffer from a real lack of positive images of us on the screen, especially where men are concerned. And then enters Rachel Lindsay.

Suddenly the discussion has changed or has it? If you don’t know who Rachel Lindsay is, she’s made history for being the first non-white person to be selected as the Bachelor(ette) on ABC and the first black woman to be the Bachelorette. Her season began on Monday May 22 and is getting people talking. Unfortunately not about what we should be talking about.

The biggest question about the men vying for Rachel’s heart is what would their racial make up be? All black men wouldn’t work. All white men wouldn’t work. My hope was that it would be a mix of not just black and white but Asian, Latino, Native American, Arab, everyone. We got as close to that as possible. Most are black or white but the contestant to get the First Impression rose and first kiss is a Colombian. There was an Indian contestant and a few East Asian contestants.

It’s understatement to say this has never been seen before. Black women are the most negatively stereotyped women in the media. We’re hyper-sexualized, completely de-sexualized or depicted as angry, damaged and the like. YouTube and other social media pages are filled with people expressing their outright disgust for black women, many of them black men. It starts early. Black girls go to school seeing black boys openly state their preference for white, Latina or Asian girls and this carries on into adulthood where black women have one of the lowest marriage rates.

In just the first episode Rachel Lindsay completely challenges this narrative. She is showing that black women can be desired by men of all races. We are beautiful, intelligent, kind, and worthy of any deserving man to “bring home to mom or grandma” as some of the men were saying. Let me repeat, this is new. And it’s refreshing. Because it’s never been seen before.

Yet predictably this is not what’s being talked about. Rachel said from the very beginning she’s not concerned with color but who is the right man for her. Newsweek ran with it and published and then retracted an article claiming that Rachel proves the statistics wrong, that black women do like non-black men. It was retracted when it got a negative response from men and women, black and white alike. On black social media publications, many black men criticized ABC for trying to convince black women to date white men, ignoring the fact that 12% of black women are married to white men, compared to 24% of black men married to white women. When black women spoke up who either married interracially or who has a relative who did, they were criticized and told to stop publicizing it. Again I repeat, more black men marry out than black women do.

Rachel’s choice, whether she chooses a black suitor or a white one or perhaps neither is irrelevant. She’s making the choice that’s best for her. What is relevant is the narrative that black women are the least desirable women and that no one wants us is being challenged in the best possible way. Yet predictably, that’s the one discussion we’re not having.

The United States as we know it, is dying… and that might be a good thing

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The past nine days have seen one political rollercoaster after another. From FBI director James Comey’s firing, to the revelation that Trump revealed classified information received from Israel to the Russians, and now James Comey’s memo saying that President Trump pressured him to stop the FBI investigation against former NSA chief Michael Flynn. Wednesday saw encouraging news that Comey’s predecessor, Robert Mueller was named as special counsel/prosecutor to oversee the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia but no matter how this turns out, things are going to get ugly. As dramatic and stress-inducing this very young presidency has been, this is only the beginning–whether something substantial comes of these investigations or not.

Things aren’t much better outside of the White House either. Education Secretary Betty DeVos announced a possible raise of interest rates on student loans by 20% and a proposal to end the public service loan forgiveness program. In Oklahoma late Wednesday night, white police officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter of unarmed black man Terrence Crutcher. On all fronts it seems like the United States is crumbling, from the inside out. From the health care debate, to climate change, to the changing world economy, our government is seemingly doing the absolute wrong thing.

Unfortunately, removing or fixing one thing will not cure what ultimately ails us. Removing Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not stop police officers killing unarmed black and brown civilians with impunity nor will it correct the racial disparity in the criminal justice system. Removing Betty DeVos as Secretary of Education will not resolve the massive problem with student loan debt in this country. Removing Donald Trump from the presidency of the United States will not undo the damage he’s done, either in re-energizing white supremacy and xenophobia, which we thought were behind us nor in repairing the economic and societal divisions in this country that allowed him to rise to power in the first place.

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One might ask why? In our 241-year history, our structures are fundamentally unchanged. Despite experiencing a civil war early in our history, a Great Depression, fighting in two world wars, incorporating protections for civil rights and equality, and balancing a cold war for 40 years, the United States as it has existed since 1776 remains in tact. Precisely, and that is precisely the problem.

Declaration_independenceOur structures have remained in tact, and unchanged. Our politicians claim that a testament to our exceptionalist strength and morality. It also feeds a refusal to change even when the times necessitate it. And it is that inflexibility, the resistance to transformation, that is causing our problems now. No country is perfect or has a perfect history. But the United States has been a world power for much of its history. Like much of the West, it has come at the expense of others. However unlike western nations like France, Spain or even Russia it has not had a moment of transformation. We have not had a Revolution of 1789 or a Civil War of 1936 or a Revolution of 1917. We have not had a moment of truth where we can no longer ignore the reality about being American that is staring us right in the face. The truth that this is a nation founded on white supremacy and economic inequality, and it has not changed. Social mobility is not as present as we are socialized to believe. If we are born in poverty, chances are we will die in poverty. Chances of success for African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans are hindered by racial and cultural biases that restrict us to peripheral roles in American life.

The more we deny this the more it becomes obvious to all, both inside and outside the United States. And ultimately the more disastrous the collapse will be. But with death comes transformation and the ability to become greater than what was before. If we allow it.

 

The president doesn’t understand basic history but neither do many Americans

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Yesterday in Donald Trump-land, the man who calls himself our president or Orange Hitler as I prefer to call him, embarrassingly decides to re-litigate why the Civil War happened, insisting that had Andrew Jackson still been president in 1861 he might have been able to prevent it with his “big heart” and that he [Andrew Jackson] was very angry about the War Between the States. This is despite the fact that Andrew Jackson died in 1845 and was a virulent racist who owned as many as 300 slaves and forcibly removed over 125,000 Native Americans from the land they’d lived on for centuries in the southeastern United States.

Interesting this happens as I’m researching the Civil War and the American War of Independence for my memoir. I’ve been a history nerd since the day I could read, majored in History in college but American history pre-WWI is one of my least favorite subjects. Nevertheless, I’ve always been uncomfortable with Americans’ lack of knowledge about our own history even as themes from over 100 years ago reappear today. I remember being a college junior, taking an upper division class on American history “From Progressivism to Global War”, a class covering the US from the 1880s to 1945. This was in early 2008 when the financial crisis just happened, politicians debated our loss of international prestige following President Bush’s war in Iraq, and Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama battled each other for the Democratic nomination for president [I was also taking a class on US Foreign Policy.] Not two classes in, my classmates and I pointed out that the problems and concerns of the country in the 1890s were uncannily similar to the concerns of the country nearly 130 years later. But I digress…

Nothing surprises me about Donald Trump anymore. This isn’t the first time he’s made a serious blunder about American history. I’m more disturbed by the reactions of those condemning him. My US history college professors always pointed out how we [Americans] do not know our own history to where immigrants know US history better than native-borns. I’ll take it a step further and say of the little history we do know, it’s very white-washed, watered-down and distorted to prop us up and make us feel good about ourselves. Donald Trump’s lack of basic understanding of history, of simple dates is problematic but so is the ignorance of those defending him.

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Donald Trump said that if Andrew Jackson had still been president, he could’ve prevented the Civil War. Imagining how a slave owner and murderer of Native Americans would’ve reconciled the North and South is horrifying. If it was up to him, slavery would’ve continued on instead of ending with my great-great-grandparents’ generation. News pundits who favor Trump tend to justify looking back to Andrew Jackson and, George Washington, to connect them to American politics today while ignoring the fact that these men were racist and owned and profited off slaves.

Unfortunately children are taught watered down, white-washed versions of early American history. I remember the stark difference between my elementary school textbooks and in university and what I’ve learned since then. So I’m more interested in our response to Donald Trump re-litigating the Civil War because that reveals more about where we are as a nation. So far what I see is some people turning the Civil War and President Lincoln into a moralistic cause and figure when it was not. President Lincoln even wrote in a letter in 1862 that if he could preserve the Union without freeing a single slave, he would do it. And slavery or no, Abraham Lincoln also said he did not believe African-Americans would ever be as equal as whites. So yes, slavery was the ultimate issue in the Civil War but it was an economic issue not a moralistic one.

It is no coincidence that Donald Trump brings up the Civil War at a time when the nation arguably has never been more divided. Social media is rife with comments with fears that we’re headed toward another civil war. The thing about history is the same themes repeat themselves. That’s why we should remember it, but remember it as it actually happened.

Van Jones calling Trump’s address last night “presidential” should be a warning to all his opponents

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CNN’s Van Jones is catching all sorts of heat on social media and elsewhere for his comments last night after calling the moment where the President recognized the widow of the Navy SEAL who was killed in the raid in Yemen, “an extraordinary moment in American politics”, and saying Mr. Trump became “president of the United States in that moment. Period.” I’ve had issues with Van Jones for some time now so I wasn’t as outraged as many people were. Nonetheless I thought his conversation with Angela Rye on CNN today was interesting because depending how you saw Van’s comments, Angela cleverly got him to walk back, or “clarify” what he meant. That hasn’t stopped the criticism though.

In all fairness to Van he does have a point. I myself did not watch the President’s address but I read the text version of it this morning and my first thought was, if I had been living under a rock for the past 2 years, and this was my first glimpse of Donald Trump as POTUS, he would sound like a perfectly reasonable world leader. And that should alert everyone who opposes him. The President will not always appear as the unhinged cartoon most Americans know him to be, and messages of opposition will have to adjust accordingly.

As a student of history it only makes common sense. A major reason the German Left couldn’t stop Hitler’s rise was because they expected him to make another violent push for power after serving his prison sentence for his attempt in 1923 when he vowed never to do so again.

Before this congressional address, Trump’s approval ratings were the lowest of any recent president, leading to questions about his ability to govern in such a hostile political climate. But that does not mean we praise the President after he says some prewritten and prerehearsed words because they do not sound as bad as what we’re used to hearing from him. His words may sound nicer but his policies are the same. Pursuing policies that directly threaten Muslims, undocumented immigrants, black and brown Americans, the LGBTQ community, women, not to mention the health of working Americans will not bring the country together nor “make America great again.” To call him presidential after such a deceptive speech is how you normalize fascism and totalitarianism, which is what Van tried to do. He drank the Kool-Aid.

We are facing the greatest test for our democracy

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We are now three days from when the Electors meet to officially confirm Donald J. Trump as our the soon-to-be 45th President of the United States. While there was some speculation that up to 20 Electors in states that voted for Trump were considering changing their mind, it appears only one of them will. In any event it would take 36 Electors choosing not to vote for Trump, which was always highly unlikely.

Nothing Donald Trump has done since November 8 would appear to change their mind. Not his refusal to release his tax returns, not his white supremacist-billionaire-buddy with Russia picks for his Administration, not his gross conflicts of interest leading to possible violations of the Constitution, with his companies or their influence abroad, not the clear nepotism he’s showing by having Ivanka Trump work out of the office in the White House that is usually given to the First Lady. And not even the revelation that the FBI and CIA, two agencies that don’t like each other, are in agreement that Russia hacked the DNC and RNC with intent to help Donald Trump win the election.

It’s not about removing Donald Trump to install Hillary Clinton in his place, it’s not even about Donald Trump anymore but the people who have the power to stop him and won’t. The president-elect’s actions should concerns us all, whether Democrat, Republican or Independent. I’m not disturbed by his actions because it’s what I fully expected. But I am disturbed at the way people continue to justify or completely ignore his actions.

In the coming years this country is going to need a president fully committed to protecting the American people from threats both inside and outside the country. Everything Donald Trump has done demonstrates he will not do that. This is a test for our democracy and so far we are failing royally. The US faces great obstacles such as a weak economy, deep social divisions, and rising tensions with China, among others. By the time the country realizes the mess we’re in it will be too late. And we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

Why mainstream media will continue to get it wrong

The election of Donald Trump stunned many Americans, particularly the media who predicted a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton. Between the shock and the fake news site controversies, the mainstream news media messed up and they knew it. The Atlantic magazine published an article on the media’s ‘woeful’ unpreparedness to cover a Trump presidency and media commentators such as CNN’s Brian Stelter had multiple segments  calling the media’s grave miscalculation on election night “one of the biggest media failures in many years”, and calling for journalists to do some ‘soul searching’ to regain public’s trust. Segments included panels of long-time journalists discussing how they can avoid their previous mistakes in covering when Donald Trump begins his term.

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While I appreciate the awareness that something in journalism needs to change, they are still getting it wrong. First of all, if you’re going to have a panel on how journalism lost the people’s trust, you might want to talk to the people whose trust you lost in the first place. It does little good to have a discussion on your mistakes amongst yourselves.

Second, the mainstream media did not get the election wrong simply because of polls. One of the reasons I turned away from mainstream news during the election was because of its one-sided coverage of voters of color. Mainstream portrayal of African-Americans, Latinos and Asians as monoliths is nothing new, however the distortion of the black and Latino voting blocs were so brazen and obvious, it was unwatchable. As early voting statistics came in with Latino voting up and black voting down, CNN and MSNBC dubbed Latinos as the voting bloc that would save Hillary while black voters were presumed to be sitting home apathetic because Barack Obama was not on the ballot.

The fact that this was the first election where strict voter ID laws and cut backs in early voting were in full effect in swing states like North Carolina was completely ignored. Mainstream news also made the inaccurate presumption that Latinos were so terrified by Trump’s platform, they would vote in droves for Hillary Clinton. Although Latino voter turnout did increase, the partisan divide kept pace with previous elections. Trump won 28% of Latino voters, more than Mitt Romney in 2012 but less than John McCain in 2008. Hillary failed to match Obama’s enthusiasm with Americans of color but her most reliable voting bloc was black women. Just as there are differences in the black voting bloc, there are differences among Latino voters. CNN, MSNBC and other mainstream news media ignore them at their peril.

The reality is black and Latino voters are complex voting blocs that the media needs to take time to get to know. Part of the problem is that mainstream journalism is mostly white, even in 2016. As the country browns, the mainstream media let alone the political system, will continue to get it wrong as long as this remains the case.

Even if Hillary wins, the Democrats & entire the two-party system is in crisis

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Going into tonight’s debate it is looking like Hillary Clinton’s election as the first woman elected President of the United States is almost certain. If national polls are believed, Hillary is ahead by 9 points, ahead in battleground states North Carolina and Nevada, and most shockingly is competitive in traditionally-red states Utah and Arizona, due to the popularity of 3rd party candidates. There is even talk that if Trump wins Texas, it will be by a closer margin than previous elections. Put simply for Trump to win, he not only has to win all traditionally red states, win all the battleground states and cut into states that are leaning toward Hillary, such as Pennsylvania or Michigan–a tall order for less than 3 weeks until Election Day.

With the Republican party imploding and talk of Democrats possibly re-taking both houses of Congress in addition to winning the presidency, all things would appear to be in Hillary’s favor. But Hillary and the Democrats should not get ahead of themselves. Just as the GOP faces internal and external challenges, the Democrats have problems of their own. Yes demographics are shifting in their favor–an increase in Asian, Latino and unmarried female and college educated voters, all groups that tend to vote Democrat. However there have been concerns throughout the election that young voters and non-whites, the ‘Obama-coalition’ who twice voted in record numbers for the first non-white president will not show up for Hillary.

Millennials, in particular black Millennials have long not had the enthusiasm for Hillary they had for Barack Obama. Part of this is generational and the other part is personal to Hillary. Millennials as a generation are becoming jaded with the two-party system with around 50% are unaffiliated with either the Democrats or the GOP. We are fed up with a Congress that cares more about corporate donations than doing what is best for the country.

On a personal level, many millennials of color simply do not trust Hillary as president. For black Millennials, we have not forgotten the ‘Three Strikes’ law that resulted in mass incarceration of both black and Latino males in the 1990s. We have not forgiven Hillary for her ‘super predator’ comment about African-Americans among other things. Most damaging, she has not presented a platform unique to black Millennials. She’s pursued the black vote the same way as generations of previous presidential candidates–going to black churches, the CBC, NAACP. The problem is black Millennials are not found in these places. Millennials as a generation are the least religious generation in American history.  We’re found in college and in activist groups.

Nevertheless, USA Today has her commanding 68% of Millennial support to Donald Trump’s 20%. However we’re not voting for Hillary as much as we’re voting against Trump. If/when Hillary Clinton becomes president, she’s going to inherit an electorate that does not support her, that is too happy to criticize her and will be unforgiving of mistakes. Yes demographics are in favor of the Democrats but millennials have lost faith in American politics and the two-party system. That is not a good mix for new presidency, nor for a nation increasingly divided.