From The Final Call Newspaper

Fractured America: Distrust and an increasing racial divide

By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- November 10, 2020

Zhanon Morales, 30, of Philadelphia, raises her fist as demonstrators call for all votes be counted during a rally outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia, as vote counting in the general election continues. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The tight presidential election revealed that America is divided against herself, and it further exposed racial tensions that have been growing over the course of 2020. While Joe Biden won the popular vote and electorial college, a blue wave did not sweep the nation as predicted, and instead, states became battlegrounds.

“The outcome of the election and the predicted blue wave that was going to sweep the country did not come to pass. Mr. Biden has to deal with a Republican-controlled Congress, Senate, and a House of Representatives that gained Republican members,” said Abdul Haleem Muhammad, the Southwestern Regional representative of the Nation of Islam out of Houston. “So regardless of what his agenda is, he’s going to have to compromise and negotiate with a Republican-controlled Senate and an emboldened House of Representatives and the Supreme Court with a conservative majority.”

He said Black people should have learned that they can’t trust the corporate media or the political pundits.

“Their election didn’t turn out the way that they predicted,” he said. “And what we should learn is that we have to build our own independent Black political institutions.”

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