A number of Blacks in Florida are upset and angry and bitter at the election for governor, and understandably so. I am too. However, we need to keep some things in perspective.
I was taught from an early age, pre-teenager, that 1) No one was better than me, and 2) because I am Black, I had to be twice as good as many Whites I would compete with, or encounter. Even though I was young, I understood Racism but understanding the White Privilege "thing" would come a little later...even though White Privilege goes hand-in-glove with White Racism.
Andrew Gillum is twice as good as Ron DeSantis and correspondingly, twice as qualified. I often wonder when a Black person runs for governor or for President, what is going through his or her mind.
I can imagine Andrew Gillum internalized that being governor would afford him the opportunity to put folks on the Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacare rolls who were surreptitiously removed or not included by the Ron DeSantis/Rick Scott Republicant Ilk.
I can imagine Andrew Gillum wanted to make sure public education, which was good enough for him and his parents, would not fall victim to those who would hypocritically use public money to fund and underwrite private schools, charter schools (private), and segregation academies, while Ron DeSantis supported the abrogation of public education dollars.
I can imagine Andrew Gillum understood the suffering of an underserved and a neglected constituency as mayor of Tallahassee and could rectify some of that suffering as governor, a suffering Ron DeSantis does not understand nor does he want to understand.
I can imagine Andrew Gillum internalized how important it is for ALL persons in Florida to register and vote, which Ron DeSantis would never want to happen, without the antebellum obstacles to casting a vote,
I can imagine that Andrew Gillum simply felt he could soothe some of the ills and wounds of persons who call the State of Florida, home...thinking alien to the thought processes of Ron DeSantis.
After saying all of that, understand that Racist Republicant political strategy is to never allow White folks who are considered the Have-nots, feel they are the Have-nots. White Americans who are poor and low-income by all stretches of the imagination and the economic scale...and even if they consider themselves middle class (whatever that means) ...have to be assured they are so much better than persons whose hue of skin is Black ...so they have to have someone to “look down on” no matter their station in life. So White Florida preferred to have a White governor because he is White, as opposed to a governor who was Black, and who would have their best interests at heart.
That is who a Black candidate is and what that Black candidate represents when he or she offers themselves to serve White folks and Black folks. Blacks, based on how they have been treated, do not wanted ANYONE to suffer that same treatment. Barack Obama offered and was elected President, and this country, contrary to the Racist Naysayers, is so much better as a result.
Although Andrew Gillum leaves us thinking what might have been and what could have been, Andrew Gillum leaves me thinking that irrespective of his outstanding qualifications to serve and serve well, the campaign for Florida’s governor was and is purely based on the Racist nature and the Racist psyche of White America, and the resulting White Privilege. All component parts of the American Institution of White Racism.
Plain and simple...Give me a White person, no matter his qualifications, and to hell With How Good and How Much More Qualified the Colored Fellow is! Right White Florida and White America? And as we have seen, be careful White America, who and what you ask for.
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.