Stop fooling yourselves. When Obama got sworn in in January 2008, racist white people came out of the woodworks. During the time period that Obama was elected and sworn in, November 2007 and January 2008, some white people and many millennials of all races, believed that America may truly be a post racial nation. Then came the promise from Mitch McConnell to all white racists and white nationalists that his single goal was to make Obama a one term president. Then came the Tea Party. Then came “You Lie”. Then came Trump’s birtherism. And so on and so on. White people quickly learned that racism is skin deep. And by that, I mean just underneath the first layer of the skin. Millennials learned that little racial progress had been made in this country since the 1940s. Some white millennials learned that they are just as racist as their parents and grandparents.
Many white people who considered themselves relatively progressive, struggled with accepting this man with brown skin standing behind that POTUS seal on those podiums. Many of these same people found themselves struggling with accepting that melanin poppin’ family in that “white” house. Don’t believe me, ask almost any Black person how many so-called white friends dropped them, or how many white friends they had to drop, after Obama was elected. Don’t believe me, explain how so many white people who voted for Obama and then voted for Trump (who is the polar opposite of Obama), and don’t give me this economy shit. Racism is so blinding that middle-class white people couldn’t see that Obama’s policies benefited them more than any other group in America. Some of Obama’s policies also benefited some of the richest white people in America.
So, let’s squash this crap about Trump awakening all the racists in America. Trump has definitely emboldened them, but Obama and his Black family awakened them. Can another Black person be elected for president in this current presidential election cycle or the next one? I believe one can…as long as they are not an American Descendant of Slaves. So, Cory Booker can forget it. However, Kamala Harris, like Barack Obama, is not a American Descendant of Slaves so she stands a chance. Plus, she’s married to a white man. Do I believe there will ever be a POTUS who is an American Descendant of Slaves? Yes. But it will never happen by most hands of whites in America. In other words, it’ll take two to three more presidential election cycles for an American Descendant of Slaves to have a real shot at being POTUS.