Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trump and the African American Community...

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Donald J Trump, the man with a track record of making xenophobic, misogynistic, racially divisive, and extreme nationalistic statements (think pro white western European immigrants) is now wooing the African American community. He likely has realized that without support of a greater percentage of the African American community his road to the White House will be much more difficult. Thus his now feigned concern for the conditions faced by many black families.

It is also very unlikely that the black communities will forget Mr. Trump's involvement in the whole birther thingy in an attempt to discredit the first African American presidential candidate who went on to legitimately win the White House, twice. People have long memories over these kind of things. Perhaps Mr. Trump believes the black community has forgotten his involvement?

At any rate the GOP presidential candidate has an odd why of asking for support. Instead of providing insight into any specific plan he may have he offered this...

“You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot.”

“Right now you walk down the street, you get shot. Look at the statistics — we’ll straighten it out.”

“Our inner cities are suffering like never before.”

“You could go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting, and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities.”

He cites examples of problems as he obviously sees them but, and this is an important but, he fails to offer not one specific idea or solution he would pursue to reduce the problems or eliminate any of them.

He does however offer a very Trumpian sales pitch.

“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”

Hm. That may sound nice and play well with the base of GOP voters and Tea Party enthusiasts but it is certainly highly questionable that the African American community is going to buy his, in our opinion, rather insincere approach to gain more black support. Mr. Trump just seems to be more than a dollar short and a day late with his sales pitch.

Of course Mr. Trump has made it clear that he blames all of the African American communities problems on the democratic party and the policies and legislation. Could this be Mr. Trump speaking in code he knows his older conservative supports understand? Lust sayin...

In response to Mr. Trump's remarks Elon James White, the founder and editor in chief of the website This Week in Blackness had this to say.

“He doesn’t understand that people aren’t stupid, and they can clearly see what he’s doing and saying. Whether or not I have an issue with how Democrats have dealt with the black community, or with Hillary, I’m still not stupid.”

Mr. Morial, of the Urban League, responded to Trump's comments as follows.

“The idea that the entire community is in poverty, you’ve got 25 percent of the entire community that’s in poverty?” Mr. Morial said incredulously. “You do have broken schools, but have you seen the Olympics? Have you seen Congress?”

Mr. Morial also noted that the Unban League had invited Trump to attend policy concern briefings, the concerned GOP candidate declined.

All quotes above were excerpted from The New York Times with some edited for brevity. You may read the full text BELOW THE FOLD .

Via: Memeorandum


  1. More b.s. from the championship! The problems facing certain segments of our African-American population are complex and not amenable to simple-minded "we'll straighten it out" solutions. I saw a presentation by Anna Deare Smith last night at ART in Cambridge that addressed some of these problems, and there are no easy solutions. BTW, Trump has an dismal record on discrimination in the African-American community. So what the hell is he even talking about when he says he'll straighten out the problem quickly?

  2. Nothing surprises anymore when it concerns Trump.The man is everything (and more) that he accuses his opposition of being.

    He may be a billionaire but he barely rises to the level of pond scum IMO. Unfortunately there are far too many that turn a blind eye to his many character flaws.

  3. RNUSA: He may be a billionaire...

    Trump may not be a billionaire.

    ...journalist Timothy O'Brien, who saw Trump's tax returns but is legally prevented from talking about them in detail, has implied that Trump's income is much lower than he often suggests. (O'Brien was sued by Trump for libel after he claimed in a 2005 book that Trump's real net worth was as low as $150 million-$250 million. The suit was dismissed). (source).


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