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The long torturous campaign of 2016 has mercifully come to an end.

Subjected to a race mired in ugliness, most Americans will admit to experiencing some form of anxiety over the course of the last several months. Whether it has been acknowledged or not, there has been a heavy racial component throughout the campaign.

With one presidential candidate encouraging voter intimidation, White anger, entitlement and a sense of victimization have been encouraged among a segment of the population. White men with guns patrolled some polling places demanding to know who citizens were voting for. Militia members were reportedly prepping for a Clinton presidency to defend their right to bear arms.

In addition, now President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Party were counting on what they saw as African American complacency and dissatisfaction to help them win the election.

Like other voters who found her problematic, African Americans were not as enthused with the Democratic candidate. Many who cast a reluctant vote for Hillary Clinton dreaded the return of the messiness that has accompanied Secretary Clinton and her husband during their 30 years in the political spotlight.

As the media blamed the enthusiasm gap for Secretary Clinton on the downturn in African American voting, their reporting neglected to mention the efforts at voter suppression.

One day before the election, the North Carolina Republican Party sent out memos bragging that voting among African Americans in their state was down from the 2008 and 2012 elections.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, there are now 868 less polling places for citizens to vote. As a result, a number of places are seeing long lines of people trying to exercise their right to representation. Last week, over 4,000 people waited in line to vote in Ohio’s Hamilton County lone early voting location.

Several weeks ago, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, DC to great acclaim. Those African Americans who were reluctant to vote because they did not believe it would make a difference should be required to visit in order to be reminded of the sacrifices made for the right to vote as well as what now could happen if President-elect Trump carries out promises made by Republican Candidate Trump.

Throughout the campaign, President-elect Trump complained that if he lost it would be because the voting system is rigged. In a way he is right. The system is rigged, but not against rich White males like President-elect Trump.

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