There has always been two Americas masquerading as one. The election of Donald Trump as president has brought one front and center. Some may think that is a negative, bad thing. But, is it?
It cannot be ignored that more than sixty-million Americans voted for Donald Trump. They voted for him apparently because he promised to do what they wanted him to do. They voted for him because he apparently expressed views that they agreed with—whether about women, minorities, the environment, or the economy.
There has always been two Americas masquerading as one. It must also not be ignored that over sixty million Americans voted for Hillary Clinton—almost three million more than did for Donald Trump.
What does it all mean?
It means that those who claim to be citizens of one America are tolerant, embracing, and believe in the equality of humanity, regardless of skin color, regardless of a person’s station in life, regardless of where a person lives. Citizens of this America honor and believe in the principles, rights and privileges outlined in and guaranteed by the Constitution.
Citizens of the other America are more intolerant, more discriminating and believe that America belongs to only them, again based solely on the color of their skin. They are willing to deny, to forget, and to ignore the Native Americans who were here before their ancestors arrived. Citizens of this America choose to ignore and to forget that this country was built on the backs of black slaves and other immigrants whose skin color came in different hues and shades.
There has always been two Americas masquerading as one, but both fighting for influence, fighting for dominance when it comes to politics, economic stability, and educational achievement. Both, under one flag proudly representing, tugging, and diametrically opposed forces—both claiming to be the right path toward greatness.
There are two Americas. There has always been two Americas masquerading as one great benevolent melting pot.
What a journey! One America seemed to have been winning until recently.
Which America are you a part of?
Which America do you claim as yours?
More importantly, which one will prevail?
Maybe neither because there are those who are determined to move America forward by going backward. And there are those equally determined not to allow them. Which America will prevail? Maybe neither.
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