Is the Election Apocalypse Nigh? Probably Not
‘Every year they say the end is near. But we’re still here. Yeah, we’re still here.’
We’ve all heard the rumors about what could happen if the election goes awry or is contested. The pessimists (realists?) amongst us suggest we stock up on food, get cash, stack up on gold chains in case the cash means nothing, retain ammunition, set aside plywood for boarding up windows, and prepare for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — or for civil war — to come marching down the street when the polls close on November 3 (or maybe November 4 because people might still be standing in line to be counted at midnight.) But let’s be real: We’ve heard this before.
Black people have always been told to be ready for the end. To Watch. And we do. But let’s not spiral downward into ultranegativity. After all, words and thoughts do have power. Let’s keep it positive people.
Remember December 31, 1999 when everyone was ready for the world to end or shut down? Remember all the talk proffered by different prophecies and various cultures that compared the end of the world per Anglos versus non-Anglos? Well, we’re right back there. Except this time the time runs out when the polls close and some fear it could mark the end of democracy as we know it.
A national poll found that 58 % of those surveyed are stocking up on essential goods — six points higher than last month’s responses. Gun sales are through the roof. And, as the Boston Globe reports: “With President Trump repeatedly stoking right-wing rage and suggesting he won’t accept the results of the election if he loses, many Americans fear the country could be bound for strife and have been taking steps to protect themselves.”
Let’s hope our situation this year is more like 1999: Nothing really happened. Sure, it looked terrible at the time and it stoked major anxiety, but we worked through the issues and survived it. In case you forgot how that Y2K scare turned out for us, here’s a reminder. And remember: As long as you do what you’re supposed to do, we’ll all be fine. The collective has power.
*also “Every year they say the end is near,” is a line from a little ditty by Sonny & The Sunsets.