Trump’s insulting outreach to blacks
In one of the most obvious non-sequiturs in recent memory, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has decided to seek votes in the African-American community (“Trump’s ‘war zone’ comment insults black voters,” Aug. 29).
Of course, Mr. Trump has no real concern for or understanding of black issues, and his words reflected that detachment. He made no distinctions in the black community, painting us all with one broad stoke.
Does any rational person think you can win the hearts and minds of people by telling them “you live in poverty, have no jobs, and your schools are no good?” And then, of course, there were the words destined to warm black souls for generations to come: “What have you got to lose?”
While I have not conducted a survey, I think it is safe to say the vast majority of blacks find his statements insulting and offensive. Apparently in Mr. Trump’s gilded world of palatial hotels and exclusive golf courses he is not able see that some people of color are doing great things. On the other hand, if his only information comes from glimpsing the nightly TV news, perhaps it is understandable that he has such a negative view of black people.
Actual facts don’t seem to matter to Mr. Trump. African-Americans have achieved success in every facet of American life. We have prominent doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists, businessmen, Olympians, and with Barack Obama we have also ascended to the highest office in the land. Mr. Trump, with all his billions, may not be able to match that.
Black people have come a long way over the last century in the struggle to gain opportunities and equality, yet there is still much to be done. A significant percentage of blacks haven’t been able to take advantage of opportunities that exist for them. Rather than rubbing our faces in what is wrong with our community, highlighting the successes of African-Americans might have been a better approach for Mr. Trump.
Donald Trump was a Democrat and ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2008 but switched to the Republican Party when President Barack Obama took office. His attacks on the president via the birther movement thrust him into the political limelight. It must be painful now for Mr. Trump to swallow his ego and seek support from the black community.
However, I bet he is thinking to himself: “What have I got to lose?”