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Happiness In the Face of the American Nightmare


Happiness In the Face of the American Nightmare

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 Happiness in the face of the American Nightmare Jenae Duarte

Happiness in the face of the American nightmare (day dream)


It has now been about 24 full hours since waking up to the stunning news that Donald Trump is our new President Elect of the United Sates.


Until yesterday most of the community considered this a joke and near impossibility, that someone who has insulted every demographic outside of white men could actually win the Presidency.


Well, it has happened and now we are already seeing the fruits of the dirty campaigning gimmicks coming home to roost.


Day one we have already seen reports of varying degrees of hate crimes and school place bullying. People of color being physically and or verbally attacked. Businesses and Property vandalized.


Love Trumps Hate… Right?


I’ll admit, my ever present optimistic attitude has definitely wavered. At this very moment, I can honestly say, I really don’t know how to describe how I’m feeling.


Mostly it feels like extreme exhaustion. The phrase “I just can’t” is the closest fit in this moment. I am just tired of the messiness of it all, as most of us I’m sure are.


The months of this crazy, contentious campaign season has literally blown any sense of human decency amongst our society. Some of the nastiest comments I have heard or seen in my lifetime have been in this election.


The reality is that  just under the layer of fragile civility there lies a huge festering wound of denial and unforgiveness and outright racism that has come pouring out into the light of day for all the world to see.





Dr. Martin Luther King Dream Jenae Duarte Happiness in the face of the American Nightmare

Martin’s Dream Equality for Every American yet to come


Boy, we’ve come a long way from being unpaid slave labor to build the very place that houses our first Black Commander and Chief.
One would think all is well with this one accomplishment that surely ‘Merica has moved on from its troubled past and are firmly pointed in the direction of hope and progress.


After all, we have a black president for god’s sake. So clearly we no longer have a race problem. NOT! The good old boy system of yesteryear is still firmly in place, as the results of the election proved. 


Moving forward how does one reconcile seeing someone who looks like you become the most powerful person in our country and yet still lives in fear of everyday regular task that most people carry on with no regard, Driving, walking sitting on my front porch, on and on…


Imagine how much more with a President who has made it clear he does not care about anyone without not only the complexion for the connection.

About the Author:

A lil about me... hmm, okay. I'm married to a super awesome supportive guy named Jose. We live and play in South Florida. I am a nerd/homegirl. I am a lover of all things Tech, most things sweet. If I could be a lazy bum all day I will. Can naps be a hobby? if so I choose naps :) Black folks in Business is my passion. Oh and Podcasting.

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