Emotional Intelligence 

October 9, 2020  

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,”― General James Mattis 

Michael Jackson has a lyric in his song, The Earth Song, where he asks, “what happened to the world.” Taking that line as my cue, what did happen to the world? What did black and brown people do so wrong that almost fifty percent of the country, through unconscious bias or systemic racism, flat out hate black and brown people?  

When you embrace a man, who does not like anyone unless they want him first, then you accept all those things that he embraces. Whether trying to prosecute five innocent black men for a crime, he knew they didn’t do, making fun of disabled people. Or, you are degrading women, accusing people from Mexico as being rapists and murders, calling people from black and brown countries as being from “shit-holes,” or trying to illegitimatize the presidency of our only black president.  

Bragging that you have done more for any person or group while the gap between that group and its white counterparts is not an achievement. As they used to say in my neighborhood, “negro, please.”