To assume less than that opens us to bitter disappointment and reliance on those who never honor their campaign promises. It puts us at the mercy of those who see us as being useful for nothing more than a vote. It puts us at the mercy of those who must convince us of how bad it is for us – in order for us to buy into their promises that they are our saviors.
The next president, as with those preceding him or her, will be the president of all the people. To buy into fabrications of exclusively ethno-specific concerns is to be deceived in the cruelest of ways. We must view the Republican Party – indeed both parties – critically, through the prism of what is in the best interest of all Americans as a whole.
Mychal Massie is the chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network.