America, What Have You Done?

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter (first presented January 16, 2017)


OAKLAND, CA.-The transition of the Office of the Presidency will be passed but there are rough seas on the horizon, rough times ahead for the United States. A radical right-wing tidal wave is slowly appearing, welling up to hit the American shores the next four years. This political wave wants to take us back when it was a “so-called” peaceful nation.

Eight years ago President Barack Obama  stood outside of The Capitol Building on a chilly day the third week of January in Washington D.C. stating “YES WE CAN.” Eight years ago there was a struggling middle class, a class that was disappearing right before our very eyes, a class that was ignored by the American political system and eight years ago there was a cavernous racial divide with massive job disparities. Our new president tried to heal those wounds with little or no support from either party. This compassionate president created that bond with the people,  ”YES WE CAN,”  work together as one. There was a comforting warm good feeling all over the country when this man entered 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In 2008 there was a peaceful calm that swept this nation. We had conquered some of our problems.


If the United States would truthfully face its troubling racial history there would be less strife and conflict but it seems that America loves to fight, loves its racial divide, even loves its history even when it is incorrect.


President Obama became our first official Black president but we all know that is not true. Our nation’s first president was a Black man (John Henson) when the country was in transition from New York to Washington with stops in my hometown of Burlington, New Jersey and the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We have had six more Black Presidents but don’t tell anybody.  The last Black president before President Obama was Dwight D. Eisenhower. The most famous Black President was Abraham Lincoln but nobody knows this either. This is the kind of history Americans should be proud of, but America stifles these hidden facts and would not allow it because then the government would have to treat Black people as human.

The last few incidents in the United States are troubling not merely because they are crimes but because of the judicial response to these crimes. Four young African Americans attacked a white disabled American and will most likely be charged with a hate crime, as they should, but there should be equal justice for all Americans. IT IS NOT SO. That woman on top of the courthouse wears a blindfold because she does not want to see this foolishness. She is wearing a blindfold but she can really see what’s going on.


Young white teens attacked a black disabled student and they walk away with probation and no record. White males can rape a woman and receive less than 4 years for their crimes while black males commit the same crime and receive 15 years to life. THIS IS OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM and as Richard Pryor stated many years ago that its gonna be JUST US in jail if this keeps up. Black males are being shot by law enforcement without justice but when two African American males start shooting at police officers America pays attention.This is the new modern day lynchings and Americans accepted it as normal. This should not be happening but because of the psychological warfare played on African American males, this has been ingrained in this wonderful country’s mindset. This has to change but with Donald J. Trump in the White House it maybe four more years.



The United States has taken a very dangerous political and racial step backward. America responded by electing Donald J. Trump, who does not have a day of political service, a man who has fanned the flames of conflict, a man who does not know the truth even if it smacked him in the face. This great nation has moved back to 1968 when the Civil Rights Movement was the cornerstone of progress. Some even have suggested 1957, The Ozzie and Harriett, Andy and Mayberry, and The Honeymooners show when America did not have the “so-called,” current problems and African Americans were a distant thought, out of sight and out of mind.

America needs to look into the mirror and ask itself what do we want for this great nation? Mr. Trump wants “TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”, with a red hat made in CHINA. He wants to make America great again with our national flag made in CHINA. He uses these code words for making America white again. Minorities had made too much progress for BUBBA AND BUBBETT, who felt left out. They struck back with anger and vengeance on November 8, 2016. Bubba and Bubbette experienced what the African American working class felt since 1940 and wanted a change in Washington D.C. These two Americans are now riding in a new truck made in JAPAN with Confederate flags flying in the back with a blue TRUMP sign in their truck window. They wanted change no matter who it was even to the detriment of themselves.


This was a knee-jerk reaction to our visible Black leader President Barack Obama’s eight-year political reign. The President could have done everything right and middle America still would have voted for THE DONALD.

America has reverted back to its old racist self. This is the consternation of this great nation. They love Black culture, Black dress, Black slang but they abhor Black people. That was the clear message in the election of Nov. 8, 2016. HOW DOES THIS WORK? It is very interesting that Black people did not become lazy until after they were free with the Emancipation Proclamation. After hundreds of years of free labor. Now African Americans are lazy, REALLY?

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If you don’t believe, here are just a few examples: There are two new television shows with smart people as characters “BIG BANG THEORY,” and “SCORPION.” What, are you telling Black people they are not smart? Black people cannot be geeks? Then you have the remake of MacGyver. Maybe NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox need to travel south to (HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and interview the graduates from these established schools.


The movie industry is giving some love to our African American sisters with the new movie HIDDEN FIGURES. These three young sisters were math geniuses and helped the United States send a man into orbit around the earth. It would not have happened without them. Bashing, beating up, and killing Black folk is easier.

Check out the commercials on the networks, James Brown, Hip Hop, Disco, R&B, and jazz fill the television screens every half hour. Americans are glued to the tube for the Black stars of Scandal, Blackish, (ABC),  Empire,  The Housewives of Where-ever and the new show STAR on the Fox network (go figure). None of these shows are flattering  African Americans. Question, how many positive roles are on national television with STRONG African American men? Who cares when you are making money off of stereotypes?. Who cares when it keeps the system intact. President Barack Obama broke the mold in 2008 and now America is trying to put the pieces back together again. IT IS NOT WORKING. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Maybe it’s time for a BLACK boycott of certain networks and their sponsors.

Donald J. Trump spoke on November 29 and stated that he would have severely punished all of the athletes who would not stand for our National Anthem. He also stated that Americans who burned the flag should have their American citizenship revoked or be jailed for a year. Mr. Trump is striking at the heart of the First Amendment and is trying to trample on free speech while using it for victory. My father a United States Marine fought for this same rights in World War II. This could be another blow to Civil Rights for minorities in this nation. Another blow against racial unity and harmony by Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump ran his campaign similar to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush using every wedge issue available; taxes, defense, race, immigration, and law and order but with bombastic style. He never spoke about unifying the country and unifying the racial divide. Instead of building the country up he is willing to tear it down, just because he can.

Donald J. Trump ran against my humanity and disabled Americans’ humanity. In fact, he ran against world humanity and won, but what did you expect from the Republican Party and a vengeful America.

As Gil Scott Heron stated IT’S WINTER IN AMERICA. The snow is falling.


Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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