With every election season there are many Black leaders trying to convince people that the candidate only see Black people as votes, not actual people. This may sound like conspiracy theories to some, but there are a few pictures of Trump supporters holding up signs that don’t quite make sense with their skin color. If White people holding “BLACKS FOR TRUMP” signs don’t represent “post-racial” “colorblind” America, then nothing does. As funny and absurd this is, it does show how Black people are being reduced to their political usefulness.
It wouldn’t have been hard for these women to not hold up a sign declaring the political views of a completely different race. Most people would agree that it would have been easier to not hold a sign at all. Instead of choosing the easier option these White people went out of their way to objectify and use Black people as a tool towards the election of Donald Trump. This isn’t even a problem with Donald Trump, this is bipartisan racism.
Although non-Black Hillary Clinton supporters might not be going out with “BLACKS FOR HILLARY” signs, they still tend to try to guilt Black people into voting for Hillary.
Many people are claiming that Trump will be worse for Black people than Hillary, so they should vote for her. On the surface, that statement might seem harmless, but it’s actually implying that Hillary winning is more important that how Black people feel about the Clinton campaign. There are many valid criticisms Black democrats have for Hillary Clinton that are being thrown under the rug by White democrats who just want Trump to lose.
Black people are constantly being used, politically, as a means to an end. We are pandered to when politicians are looking for votes, but as soon as they have what they want, we suddenly don’t exist anymore. The same thing happened with Barack Obama; his whole platform was pushed by the fact that he was a huge step forward for Black people, yet ended up not doing nearly as much as people expected or wanted. Even to one of our own people we are used as a tool for political power and success, yet largely ignored after our votes are counted.
Although I can’t personally speak on the actual intentions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this is effectively what they are doing. It doesn’t matter if they intentionally used Black people as tools or not, because that’s what they ended up doing. That was and continues to be the impact of what these politicians and supporters are doing to the Black community. They care about our votes, but not about us as human beings.