When Donald Trump smirked and said, “That’s just business” in response to taking advantage of the housing crisis, I was reminded of a few lines from the Langston Hughes poem “Let America Be America Again.” Our country is full of hard-working people of all races and ages with strength and hope in their hearts. Americans do not need to be crushed beneath an ancient, worn out structure of “…profit, power, gain, of grab the land! / Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need! / Of work the men! Of take the pay! / Of owning everything for one’s own greed!” This way of interacting with the world is coming to an end. Trump represents an old, worn-out philosophy of crush the poor and reward the wealthy.
Trump’s smugness about not paying his fair share of taxes is not what our country needs in a president. Snide comments about not paying taxes is not a smart move in a debate, and it is definitely is not the choice of a leader with integrity. Great leaders give to charity and want to pay their fair share of taxes. I am by no means rich, but I bless the money I pay in taxes. I pray that money helps the disabled, the hungry children, unemployed veterans, and others in need. I thank God for my strength and ability to work and to give to others through taxes and charity.
Does Trump not realize that middle-class America is made up of many minorities, and minorities do not only live in inner cities? His ideas about minorities in America seemed vacant, empty, and meaningless. After all, he is supported by the KKK.
Great leaders are not sexist, xenophobic, or narcissistic. Great leaders understand many viewpoints and bring peace and prosperity to a majority of the people, not just to a few. We are all in this journey together, and a spirit of inclusiveness is what makes America great. Division and derision is not what makes America great.
The Langston Hughes poem I mentioned points out the fact that America has been striving towards inclusiveness and equality for all for quite some time. As a nation, we are making progress. We definitely do not need to go back in time to a place of greater sexism, greater oppression of minorities, or greater oppression of the poor. We need to continue to make progress and elect our first female president.