Saying what needs to be said

Rey Green, Columnist

Call me crazy but Donald Trump becoming president was a good thing for America.

I know, even I am in shock typing this out. It doesn’t even sound right. I can not put it in any better words than former Democratic Mayor of Dallas Michael Scott Rawlings. 

“It may get worse before it gets better, but it will get better,” Rawlings said.  

I believe that America didn’t appreciate the common sense, morality, integrity, loyalty and devotion that former President Barack Obama brought to office. 

I was, along with many other young adults in this country, naive to believe that Trump would never become president. 

Once he did, we the people were in a culture shock. Instant regret and shame clouded over all of us who didn’t vote. 

My stomach was sick once I realized what I allowed to get into office. 

Trump was quoted for saying a gargantuan amount of ignorant, outlandish quotes during speeches and via Twitter such as:

On immigration.

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” 

On Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd’s death.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. … Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

On not condemning White supremacists, right-wing militias and the Proud Boys.

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

After everything that’s happened leading up to 2020 and in this year alone I have felt the culture change of our world. I believe since Trump became president we as people have become divided. 

I have made the decision that if my so-called “friends” are going to be supportive of a cowardly man who doesn’t condemn white supremacy and has a history of mistreating and disrespecting women, I can no longer label them as a friend of mine. 

There are two quotes that have stuck with me for a long period of time and have been implemented into my life that really speak to my soul. 

My grandfather is an intellectual and has always been in my ear sharing wisdom and speaking life into me. I’ve always said, if I can be half the man my grandfather is, I’ll be a good person. 

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” Alexander Hamilton said.

“If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word freedom out of your vocabulary” Malcolm X said.

As of right now, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the popularity vote of the American people. So far, America has spoken. 

The only positive take away from Trump being president is now it’s easier to identify who’s for you and who’s against you. 

I, us, we are sick and tired of the 45th president of America. I have learned my lesson and I feel a sense of peace and relief knowing that the majority of America agrees.