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African Americans now face a political paradox

John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM | 2/21/2017, 7:24 a.m.
After the election was concluded on November 8, 2016, there were some that were shocked and in a state of ...
John E. Harmon, Sr

Leading up to the election there were some that said African Americans are over indexed in the Democratic Party, and their vote is taken for granted with very little in return. If there is some truth to this statement, why not take this opportunity to hold President Trump to his proposed 10 point plan for Black Americans. I would strongly encourage the readers of this column to find a way to engage this new administration in a call to action based on their proposed plan.

This was the approach of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he challenged America to make good on its check that had been marked returned for insufficient funds. Unless African American communities pursue accountability for what the Trump Administration has placed on the table for consideration, there is not much to be said. The striking contrast between what others said publically about President Obama, while privately heavily investing into the financial markets, acquiring assets at reduced cost and leveraging stimulus dollars for substantial gain, are now in a much stronger position financially. While the economic standing of African Americans pales in comparison. According to CNN, white households in the United States had a median wealth 13 times the median wealth of black households.

In my opinion, many of those who are currently making similar accusations against the 45th President of the United States lack the economic, educational and political means to transform the current state of Black of America, therefore, this may be the opportunity to, at a minimum, consider how you might engage this administration or wait the next four years to swear in the replacement. This is truly a paradox in which African Americans in the United States must finally confront, once and for all.

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John E. Harmon, Sr., is the Founder, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.