An Open Letter To (Other) Black People
Hi. My name is Chad. I’m black.
Before you say that doesn’t matter, let me assure you it does, and let me tell you why it does.
You see, I proudly supported and continue to support President Trump. I do not support nor have I ever supported Black Lives Matter. I wear dress shirts. I wear stylish hats. I do not use slang unless I’m telling a joke (which isn’t often). I work full time, make six figures. I don’t overreact to some photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on the White House couch, especially given the photos of Obama “dapping” an illegal immigrant cleaner in the hallway. I’m just a guy.
I want to make sure you’re clear though: I’m not a racist. I’m not a bigot. I’m not a misogynist. I don’t hate black people. I hate people; but that’s a different matter.
You see, it’s about what I care about, rather than what I hate, that you should be asking me and others like me who support the President. Let me break it down.
Economy. Jobs. The market. Capitalism. People have forgotten or stopped caring that without a strong economy, nothing else matters. It’s true. So why is it that people can’t seem to reconcile with themselves the need for a strong economy, at any cost?
The answer is not to throw money at poor people, which is what Democrats support. The answer is to empower everyone, including poor people, to make money the right way. This means enticing businesses to grow and enabling them to maximize profit margins in a way that forces them to hire to keep up with demand.
Basic math should tell you that when more people make money, more people spend, which creates more profit, which creates more job opportunities, which increases the money pool via competition.
When you waste government funds on band-aid programs that have no condition of employment, the rest of the economy hurts as a result, resulting in less jobs, thus less money.
Nationalism. It’s not a bad word. Here’s a shock: you do this every day. You don’t let bums sleep in your house. You don’t let strangers drive your car. You don’t trust your kids with the new family that just moved in. Some of you may give your money to strangers in the form of tithing, but you don’t walk to every church in the city and throw money at them. You’re protectionist. You guard your own.
So then why is it wrong for America to do the same? It’s not. It’s normal, it’s natural. It’s not anti-trade. It’s making sure we’re good before we extend those courtesies, and it’s making sure we don’t get ripped off when we negotiate with others. At some point, that also means welcoming fully screened, fully vetted, fully processed, duly noted people in to join the house.
Just like you do when hiring a babysitter, mind you.
America First. This isn’t just a slogan. Many of you might be too young to remember, so I’ll tell a story. Bear with me, you need to know context.
In the late 90’s, I was confronted by my father — also black, for the record — with an ultimatum.
Choice A: I can go to work and stay at home rent free.
Choice B: I can go to college and get kicked out of the house.
No, that’s not a typo. That’s exactly what he said, with my mother (the one pushing me to go to college) standing there mute and demure. For you see, he never went to college, she did. He thought little of college, and came from the old school “work like a slave” mentalities. She was too weak to stand up to him.
Mind you, in these days you just got the newspaper and started searching the Help Wanted for something, called them up and asked for interviews. It’s not like now with all of the recruiters and online ads. All we had was AOL and nobody was posting jobs there. So I did…and got a job paying $8/hour. With no experience. Minimum wage was $5.25; a friend who was a Blockbuster manager was making $6/hour.
By the time 2001 rolled around I was making over $60k/year. Not yet in my 30’s and with very little real experience. But I had the gift of communication and I used it.
Fast forward some years, and I noticed it was increasingly more difficult to even get interviews. For the jobs I wanted, there was a pattern: bachelor’s degree required. For the jobs I did get, there was another pattern: a lot of foreign talent. Some of them brilliant people, but it got me concerned for the future.
So I switched industries on a whim, took a job I had no qualifications for and just figured it out as I went. I took a huge paycut — down now to $30k-ish — and had to work my way back up to the $60k, which took almost a decade. Now, I can fairly easily move within the industry I’m in, or could start my own business in the worst case. Up to six figures where I want to be.
I found out about H1B visas back in 2012 when I worked at a company that laid off some of the old guard in favor of an India-based consulting firm’s employees. You may have heard about the Disney fiasco, training India workers to replace? Yeah, that happened at this company. But it wasn’t publicized.
As I read more, it got me angry. The idea that companies could literally save billions of dollars by exploiting a loophole in a program that had all of the best intentions, but basically is shade over a broken process. They can basically ignore American workers, claim they can’t find “skilled” talent, and then go overseas and find someone to pay a fraction of the dollar. Bring that person back here, have an American train them in what they don’t know. That’s not the intent of H1B. But it continues to be abused.
As a result, stories like mine where simply looking in the paper gets you a job paying $8/hour are unheard of these days. The jobs are gone. The opportunities are harder to come by. That’s not because there aren’t jobs, but because they’re not going to Americans anymore. That’s a problem.
Those three that I put above are my priorities. They are priorities other Presidents have largely ignored, minus perhaps Roosevelt. Here then comes candidate Trump specifically talking about these issues and promising to address them.
I’m not alone. I know I’m not alone. Plenty of others resonate with these three topics too, which is why we now have President Trump rather than candidate Trump.
Summary: Trump is where he is because he spoke to the right issues. The priority issues. Not the minority issues. The issues that affect all of us. The issues that affect the country at large. That’s what America needs. Not someone who caters to a minority. If you can look past the fact that Trump is a flawed human being who has his own personality rather than having someone else be his talkpiece, you’ll find no other person that cares about America more than him.
And that’s the kind of person that needs to be in the White House.