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By: Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher of African-American News & Issues & Author of column series We MUST Understand

Author Richelle E. Goodrich made a quote in regards to leadership that I wholeheartedly believe is true. She said, “The sign of a good leader is easy to recognize, though it is hardly ever seen. For the greatest leaders are those who share as equals in the trials and struggles, the demands and expectations, the hills and trenches, the laws and punishments placed upon the backs of those governed. A great leader is motivated not by power but by compassion. Therefore he can do nothing but make himself a servant to those whom he rules. Such a leader is unequivocally respected, and loved for loving.” Though I do agree with the author here, it is blatantly obvious that the American people definitely have a leader who demonstrates the total opposite of the virtues listed here that establishes a man or woman as a, “good leader”.

In reference to the title of this editorial, I don’t want to come across as being impartial by no means. But as the Publisher of a publication that seeks to highlight current and historical realities that affect our communities; I felt compelled to address this never-ending issue, in regards to our current President. First of all, anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I am a fair person. I have always tried to at least give folk the benefit of doubt. Thus this particular presidential administration is no different. At first glance, I wrote several editorials beckoning our faithful and loyal readers to give Donald Trump a chance as Commander-in-Chief. Despite all of the rhetoric surrounding the election process in regards to him inheriting the highest office in the nation that any man can. I did this even against my own discontent of Trump’s continual, non-stop bashing against the first “recorded” Black POTUS; I still did my best to try to sway our audience to consider the beneficial assets that this man could possibly produce. However, after all that has transpired throughout the course of this past year it has caused me to ask myself one question. That question as the title states, ‘What if President Donald Trump was a Black?’

Room would not allow for me to divulge all of the controversy that this POTUS has stirred up in less than one year of operating within his executive power. But anyone that has a television is quite aware that this is one of the most ruthless presidents that the United States has ever had. Not to mention the most notorious liar that has ever graced the walkway of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. People already label politicians as liars, but this guy brings a whole new definition to the meaning of the word, “liar”.

Although I ask the question, ‘What if Donald Trump was a Black’; I truly, as most of our readers are aware of, know that his name would have never even made it on the ballot for consideration. I often reference the effect that the Black buying power has on our communities. But, I’m certain even if a Black man had the magnitude of money that Trump has, he still would have never made it to the White House with all of the daggers that this President has.

While there are many elements pertinent to the character of Donald Trump’s behavior that would be totally unacceptable if he was Black, I would like to list a few of the obvious. As it is, this president is one that aroused enormous confusion about the birth certificate of former President Barack Obama, but here we are over half a year into his administration and he has yet to produce his required tax returns. For nearly half a century, every POTUS has submitted their tax returns with no issue. But, somehow Trump adamantly feels that he is the exception to the rule. His reason for not producing his tax returns stems from his excuse of being under an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Then there is the fact that his wife Melania has posed nude more than once and yet still holds the distinguished title of, “First Lady”. Something is totally wrong with this picture, because this definitely would not be accepted is she was a Black woman expecting to be the nations, “First Lady”.

For the record, I can bring this topic a little closer to home. Right here in our city, former Vice Chair of the Houston Community College system’s board of trustees, Chris Oliver was indicted and reprimanded with the quickness. Oliver pled guilty, “to accepting cash payments in exchange for helping a company get HCC contracts”. While I am not making excuses for his actions, my point is there was no delay in charging this 21-year, Black veteran for his deeds. But yet we have a con artist, renowned liar and traitor of the nation occupying the highest seat in the nation in office and it’s just business as usual. As I always state, there is just something about this Blackness….