Oh Lord, where do we start with Ms. Omarosa Manigault Newman, former reality TV star, the woman everyone loved to hate? Throughout the presidential campaign “Omarosa” was by the candidates’ side trying unsuccessfully to whip up support for Donald Trump’s candidacy. Her efforts were futile given his record within the African American community. Trumps obsessive blatant disrespect for President Obama, includes continuing the lie of Kenya being Barack Obama’s place of birth. And the audacity to ask a question reminiscent of the segregated south, “Boy, were are your papers?”
Omarosa Manigault Newman, a contestant on Trump’s NBC show, The Apprentice, was bought in to serve in a role to “Communicate” with the African American community in addition to being a liaison between Trump and African American Clergy. In the past these positions were referred to as, “Deputy for ‘Da Colored” a Black person in a position of having contact with the political leader giving the impression that the appointed minority has access and power.
No real political power exists in the Deputy for Da Colored position. Real shared power is defined, deliberate and clear. The Deputy for Da Colored has nebulous power that’s unused due to its lack of definition, focus and purpose.
At times entire organizations have been deputized by a politician, who buys a table at a Black Civil Rights event or makes a substantial donation, even after the politician makes disparaging remarks about Black Activists. Recently one local politician created an illusion of false equivalency when discussing Charlottesville. Watching State Senator John DeFrancisco belting out, Sing that Funk Music White Boy at Syracuse Common Council President, Van Robinson’s Retirement Party is just one example of many, when our leaders are silenced for the sake of an appearance at an event or the purchase of an overpriced chicken dinner.
She’s not the first, nor will she be the last Black person to be deputized in the effort to show the Black population that a leader “cares”.
Consistently displaying her effervescent confidence in Donald Trump combined with a condescending attitude towards the Black community, it was soon apparent that she’d consumed too many servings of Donald Trump’s Kool-Aid.
Omarosa Manigault Newman was clearly under the influence of Trump flavored Kool-Aid when in September 2016 weeks before the campaign; she issued this ominous warning to the Black community, culminating with the statement, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.”
No, she didn’t say that! “Bow down” to Donald Trump? Ms. Omarosa’s head-rag must have been wrapped too tight, cutting off circulation to her brain.
Throughout our post-slavery history African Americans have had to acquiesce, be quiet, and accept whatever crumbs fall off the table. Those who bought about substantive social change and civil rights to the Black Community were courageous and bold, putting their own lives on the line for the sake of obtaining rights for others.
The chuckles and tee-hee’s you hear as people describe Ms. Omarosa Manigault Newman’s abrupt, embarrassing removal from the White House; is a reminder of what happens when there’s no further use for the “Deputy for the Colored”. The leader then kick’s the deputy out of the house, back to the cotton fields, where we want no part of her. According to multiple reports Omarosa, was screaming and cursing as she was removed from the White House.
Ms. Omarosa Manigault Newman, the African American community is now communicating with you, in six different languages; au revoir, sayonara, adios, ciao, and auf wiedersehen – each of the aforementioned words mean, good bye.