As we all watched results pour in, social media was ablaze with comments from people sharing their exit plans and need to make sure their passports are in order – the thought of a Trump presidency just being too much to accept. It wasn’t long before joking about relocation turned to the blame game among Hillary Clinton’s supporters and those that either chose to vote for a 3rd party candidate or those that weren’t motivated to vote for a presidential candidate at all!

Reality Check
The co-workers, friends, social media connections you thought were “down for diversity” really aren’t.

How many times during this election cycle did you find yourself shocked that someone you know or are cool with couldn’t possibly be truly “cool” with you, based on their views about Donald Trump and his views? Our country is deeply divided. Trump and his rhetoric caused the underlying current of hatred that has existed here since “Plymouth rock landed on us” to bubble up to the surface. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr. #lovetrumpshate

The Blame Game
Progressive voters that decided to vote for Jill Stein did not cause Trump to win. We did the math.

When you’re distraught, it’s easiest to blame the low hanging fruit. In this case, friends and families divided over who to vote for on the left find it easiest to blame third-party voters for being spoilers or stealing votes from Clinton. However, we did the math and if you added EVERY SINGLE Jill Stein vote to Clinton’s tally in each state, the most Clinton could have gained was 30 electoral votes (Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin). None of the other states were close enough to sway it.

The blame MUST be placed on the DNC for corruption and tipping the scales towards an un-electable establishment candidate in a year where voters were begging for a non-establishment candidate. They had one in Bernie Sanders who was consistently packing out stadiums with 10,000 – 25,000 excited voters across the nation, while the candidate they unfairly swung support to, Hillary Clinton, was barely filling gymnasiums and ballrooms with 300-500 people. The mainstream media is also to blame for their part on both sides of the establishment.

Next Steps
Regardless of who is in the White House, when we pool our resources we will influence what happens.

Now is not the time to remain divided over the outcomes of the 2016 elections. It’s time to turn your frustration into action. Let’s get to work on spending our money with businesses that support us. We live in a capitalist society and the only thing that moves the powers-that-be is money. WE HAVE THE POWER, we just don’t pull together and use it. It doesn’t matter who is in the White House. When we pool our resources, we will influence what happens. If you study Nielsen reports, you will find that most companies make decisions based on how black consumers spend money. We outspend other groups in most areas across the board.

Redirect your spending and move your money if you want respect.

#MoveYourMoney #BankBlack blackoutcoalition.org

 

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