Aug. 21, 2016
Trump Can Start With Apology To The 'Central Park Five'
So, Donald Trump is reaching out to the African-American community in his campaign to become president of the United States.
Speaking in front of practically an all-white audience in Dimondale, MI., last week, Trump said this to potential black voters:
“Look how much African-Americans have suffered under the Democratic Party,” he said “To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs…What the hell do you have to lose?”
I would answer plenty if by some supernatural phenomenon the black community would get behind you, Mr. Trump.
Donald Trump is so out of touch with the African-American community that he is insulting even when he attempts to reach out. He actually referred to black people who live in Detroit as ‘refugees’.
If this wasn’t so serious, it would be hilarious.
Trump assumes every black family in the country is poor, unemployed and living in shanties. He obviously doesn’t know that only a segment of the black community is impoverished, and while we certainly have problems there, there are millions of black people thriving and enjoying their small piece of the American Dream.
Mr. Trump apparently does not know that we send thousands and thousands of kids to not only the nation’s 106 HBCUs but also to the other mainstream universities. African-Americans are thriving in all walks of life, and we have even assumed the office of the president, these days.
Mr. Trump seems to think we just got here off a boat from Africa, where, by the way, there are millions of men and women also thriving.
While the black community is far from monolithic, and there are people who support Trump, (especially a certain preacher from Cleveland who must be on the Trump payroll some kind of way), I can safely say that for Trump there will only be few African American votes. After all, there were blacks who fought for their master’s in the Confederate army.
Seriously, if Trump was sincere about gaining the confidence of black voters, he would begin by going to Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and some of the other urban enclaves. Of course, he is afraid to do that. No, he is absolutely terrified to address a black group.
That is why he has turned down opportunities to speak in front of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, NAACP and the Urban League. He knows these organizations would eviscerate him regarding his numerous insults to communities of color.
Trump has the cojones to say he has “said some things he regrets, that may have hurt some people.” Amazingly a lot of people want to take that as an apology. That’s some straight garbage.
If Trump wanted substantial African-American vote he would need to start with actual apologies to some of those "some people" he has denigrated for decades. 'The Central Park Five', a group of black teens who were accused and found guilty of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989 might be a place to begin. Trump took out a full-page ad calling for the five teens to be put to death. He somehow felt there should be an exception to the law and its sentencing practices made for African American perpetrators.
Of course, the ‘Central Park 5’ were all found to be innocent, and the police were found to have coerced the frighten youngsters into false confessions.
Secondly, he could apologize for his attempt to de-legitimize President Barack Obama. Trump’s constant blatant lies, rumor mongering and questioning of the president’s birth certificate has at all times been seen for exactly what it is in the African American community ....racist. And, let us recall that many republican power players stood by and snickered while Trump disrespected the president. Of course, now, they are saddled with Trump, whose presidential run was based in those lies.
Now, his candidacy has damn near destroyed the Republican Party.
It is ironic that Trumps greatest daily illustration of his racial biases is that he pronounces that he understands the grievances of the working class, but disregards the fact the largest part of the African-American voting electorate is it's already working class, too many of whom work for minimum wage.
Thus, fighting against an increase in minimum wage and creating even a zillion more low paying jobs that they can continue to struggle to work two or three of, to make ends meet is not bringing relief to the plight of these voters. Donald Trump can forget about procuring the African-American vote. It’ll never happen.