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OUR VOICES: Oh Damn! The Orange Man Cometh!

By Thomas Muhammad

The Orange Man cometh and soon he might be leaving, wearing an orange jumpsuit to match his skin tone!

Seriously, with so many dips and turns in former US President Donald Trump’s past years of evading the law, I worry about what will become of my Republican friend’s especially the Black ones.

As Trump’s most serious indictments see light he’s about to run out of luck as they reach a climax!

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Sad part is the innocent lives he will take down with him! One Black Republican I met during Trump’s years of lies, confusion, mayhem and death has definitely got his job cut out for his task ahead!

The brother first approached me because he said that he had heard that I was not a single- -headed person when it came to political parties and he was desperately trying to speak to a Black audience, but was being turned down because he’s a Republican!

I told him I’d help. I said it’s unfortunate that many Black Democrats keep pushing that false narrative that the only political party for Blacks to consider is their’s and therefore they must block Black folks from listening to anyone else and even physically block any other voices from being heard!

I’ve voted for individuals in all parties as my teacher Brother Malcolm X taught. His position was that we must be independent thinkers!

Check out The Ballot or The Bullet! We have to keep reminding folk that the voting rights bill wasn’t passed so Black people could vote for Democrats, it was passed so Black people could vote for the candidates of their choice!

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My close friend, the late Sister Amelia Boynton Robinson and I became good friends and she had fun saying how much she liked my kind of politics!

During our board meetings of the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Selma, Al. with Dr. C.T. Vivian as our Chairman, we had wonderful talks.

Sister Amelia was beaten bloody and unconscious on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965!

I had a front row seat and witnessed how the Democratic Party treated former US Congressman Cynthia McKinney! I deeply thank Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for her bravery as she stood with Cynthia through the whole mess!

And finally there’s my dear and long time friend Roseanne Barr, the actress and comedian who lost her weekly television show and her spot on ABCs The View, primarily because she was a Trump supporter!

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So yeah! Talk about those bad Republicans, but please don’t leave out those do nothing Democrats!

As for my Black Republican friend, we parted ways when I shared with him that I couldn’t endorse his candidacy in a certain race, because I would be supporting the Democrat in that race; as I’ve always supported that per- son, because I love that particular person’s politics!

So, whether it’s Petticoat Junction, Bonanza, or Matt Dillon, Make America Great Again is gone!

Until then the Struggle continues…

Thomas Muhammad is a local Dallas activist who can be reached at tmuhammad2003@yahoo.com

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