I am afraid about Trump because

I am afraid about Trump because

Ardell Long-Temple is a 50 years old African American woman who, with no doubt, can represent one of the thousands Americans who achieved the American Dream. The American Dream used to mean that if you have an education and work hard, you’re on the path to prosperity. But, as she says, this will not be true anymore if Trump will be the next president of the United States. She started her life in an orphanage in one of the poorest neighborhood in NYC, and despite all difficulties, she is now a multiple house owner and all her 6 children they went in good and expensive private schools. Something that would had been impossible with all the measures that Trump is promoting in his presidential campaign.
Together with Ardell we took a long journey along NYC to rediscover her past to better understand why, according to her, with Trump America won't be great again.

 

by Aldo Soligno

Ardell Long-Temple is a 50 years old African American woman who, with no doubt, can represent one of the thousands Americans who achieved the American Dream. The American Dream used to mean that if you have an education and work hard, you’re on the path to prosperity. But, as she says, this will not be true anymore if Trump will be the next president of the United States. She started her life in an orphanage in one of the poorest neighborhood in NYC, and despite all difficulties, she is now a multiple house owner and all her 6 children they went in good and expensive private schools. Something that would had been impossible with all the measures that Trump is promoting in his presidential campaign.
Together with Ardell we took a long journey along NYC to rediscover her past to better understand why, according to her, with Trump America won't be great again.

 

“I’m afraid of a Trump Presidency as a mother, as a woman, as someone who has made it from less than zero who managed to get some higher education. The American Dream used to mean that if you have an education and work hard, you’re on the path to prosperity but with Trump as president, if you are a woman you don’t deserve equal pay. What Trump is promoting is for corporation tax breaks and tax cuts for the rich he doesn’t think about women’s rights. 
The poor will remain poor or become poorer under Trump.” “I’m afraid about Trump because he talks about his ideas of getting rid of entitlements and public and social services which means everything public will become private.  For instance, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant town formerly middle income housing sold for profit minimizing the reach to affordable housing. I lived in affordable housing which allowed me to go to school, achieve an education and give my children a roof over their head. Moving forward Trump Presidency jeopardizes all of that.”
Ardell “I’m afraid of Trump because there will be more blocks instead of neighborhoods. I was born and raised in a neighborhood and now I live on a block. The difference between a neighborhood and a block? A block is several houses with people living in them who don’t have any concern about others on the block.  A neighborhood is a place where people know each other, care about their neighbors and assist each other in keeping the area clean and safe for their neighbors and families.”
Ardell Long-Temple in the “I am afraid of a Trump presidency because I was raised in the group home system. I had to fight every day. I was sexually assaulted in the group home. I was angry all the time, always sleeping with one eye open.  Situations like this will be the future of several children if Trump is elected.  Trump promises to turn over Roe V Wade, prevent abortion and end entitlements to all social services for the poor and under paid.”
“I was lucky to have a different view on life and a chance at survival. Most of my “When we were in the group home we used to ride the train to travel back and forth from the Bronx to the Lower East Side because you can bet we were not invited to anyone in the neighborhood’s home, backyard or parties.  We went where we were accepted and that was our old neighborhoods. On the train was where we would see civilized people that weren’t from our group home.  “Diversity.” I had missed that from my early childhood. On the train I was able to breathe. I was looking at people with brief cases “I am afraid of Trump because when he says he is the a man for “Law and Order” candidate what does that mean for the already convicted prisoners who are incarcerated without rehabilitation simply being used as modern day slaves.  Here at the Manhattan Bridge as I look out at Manhattan the water and then to Brooklyn I am thinking about all my peers and friends who used drugs and alcohol most who have died here on both sides of this bridge.  They died because there was a lack of services, rehabilitation and “I’m afraid of Trump as an African American because when I hear him talking about making America great again and the good old days.  I think that he wants black people to be put in their place for example when we were lynched or attacked by dogs.  All minorities should be afraid.
He has would also restore Stop and Frisk even though it was found unconstitutional. African Americans are seen as threat and often referred to as angry black men/women.”
Ardell Long-Temple in the Lower East Side public housing “I’m afraid about a Trump presidency because he talks about cutting corporation taxes but what about us the people, we are not corporations. When I was younger single mother struggling with two children I was able to budget for my family because I knew exactly how much rent I had to pay thanks to the New York City Housing Authority known as the projects.  The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) provided housing for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs of New York City. My “I’m afraid of Trump because he sounds like he’s starting with immigrants with his deportation talk, his wall building idea and that makes me sad because this is supposed to be the melting pot and it is so evident that America is great. When I’m looking to fill my soul with comfort I visit Central Park. Central park is the central location in New York where you will find diversity and unity at its finest.  There is all walks of life, no anger, no social class, no economic class, no racism, and no color just “I am afraid of a Trump Presidency as a woman because as a woman, if I didn’t have the choice to procreate or abort an unwanted and unaffordable baby I would have been stuck in poverty and been the mother of fifteen hungry children on public assistance preventing me as woman from getting ahead in life.”
“Trump is quoted as saying contraception shouldn’t be paid for by insurance companies and he doesn’t want abortion? Take a look at what that means? Orphanages better known today as group homes will be filled