The false nar­ra­tive of Don­ald Trump’s African-Amer­i­can sup­port­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - L.A. Parker Colum­nist L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian colum­nist. Reach him at la­parker@ tren­to­ Fol­low on Twit­ter @ la­parker6.

Lo­ca­tion re­ceives ma­jor im­por­tance for business suc­cess but place­ment mat­ters in po­lit­i­cal games­man­ship.

Take for in­stance nearly any po­lit­i­cal cam­paign short on mi­nor­ity sup­port.

While al­le­ga­tions sug­gest women stand be­hind ev­ery great man, back­drops for po­lit­i­cal en­deav­ors, say for some­one like GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, in­cludes one smil­ing, toothy, glad­hand­ing black man.

One African-Amer­i­can friend of Trump al­ways ap­pears like some dread­ful prop, a pre­tense that his cam­paign ex­tends beyond the veil of white mid­dle and below mid­dle class Cau­casians.

Free­dom of choice makes this na­tion’s en­gine churn but while white men strug­gle with jump­ing, ex­cept for Su­per­man and Spi­der-Man, black dudes, as sort of lone wolf po­lit­i­cal an­i­mals, do not land primo spots be­hind Repub­li­can head­lin­ers.

Case in point, that Trump rally in Oc­to­ber in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. when the Repub­li­can ac­cepted a minia­ture looka-like boy dressed as a Trump­kin cor­po­rate hon­cho, maybe a fu­ture Tic Tac chewer, Vladimir Putin-prais­ing, wom­an­iz­ing, p***y-grab­bing business ty­coon.

Seated in the front row be­hind Trump were a black woman who looked al­most in dis­guise and a black man, ap­par­ently a U.S. vet­eran. Hys­ter­i­cal laugh­ter oc­curs when that video runs as the sheer pre­pos­ter­ous­ness of such a sight smells like fic­tion.

They were not seated to­gether which would have seemed plau­si­ble as a hus­band and wife tan­dem who achieved the Amer­i­can Dream. Seated sep­a­rately? A fresh­man year at the Univer­sity of Scran­ton un­der­scored the lack of di­ver­sity in and around the coal-min­ing coun­try of Luzerne County.

Mind you, WilkesBarre has changed sig­nif­i­cantly since the 1970s as a com­mu­nity moved from ap­prox­i­mately 92 per­cent Cau­casian to 80 per­cent while African-Amer­i­can res­i­dency now stands at 20 per­cent.

The Repub­li­can Party rarely reg­is­ters as in­ter­ested in di­ver­sity nor eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity for all de­spite as­ser­tions that Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan’s trickle-down eco­nomic the­ory worked. The sheer na­ture of cap­i­tal­ism rep­re­sents an eco­nomic sys­tem where one en­tity ac­cu­mu­lates as much wealth as pos­si­ble by al­most any means nec­es­sary, in­clud­ing the backs of any ar­riv­ing im­mi­grant class.

So­cially, Repub­li­cans have moved away from mass in­clu­sion although Ge­orge W. Bush up­lifted Gen. Colin Pow­ell and Con­doleeza Rice as U.S. Sec­re­tary of State. Pow­ell served as the first African-Amer­i­can in that po­si­tion while Rice made his­tory as the first fe­male African-Amer­i­can.

Still, most word as­so­ci­a­tion de­liv­ers one vi­sion when Repub­li­can serves as the cat­a­lyst. White. This is the same party that floated Pow­ell as a po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial can­di­date then re­treated, the same party that placed him in the run­ning for a vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date then opted for for­mer Gov. Sarah Palin.

This is the same party that floated Con­doleeza Rice as a vice-pres­i­den­tial op­tion then opted for Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin? Re­ally. Donuts and door knobs were right­fully of­fended that the Alaskan numb nut ice queen could have moved to one breath away from be­ing the U.S. pres­i­dent.

Of course, black Repub­li­cans ex­ist and no doubt lots of money could be stuffed into my pocket with a switch to the other party. Repub­li­cans and news out­lets like Fox News just loves them some black folk who sit be­hind mi­cro­phones or key­boards and pump out crit­i­cisms about Democrats, Jesse Jack­son, Al Sharp­ton and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the only three black peo­ple known to GOP sup­port­ers.

One won­ders what will hap­pen to black crit­ics when Sharp­ton and Jack­son die and move onto their next spir­i­tual as­sign­ment. Per­haps, left with­out any new ma­te­rial, Sharp­ton and Jack­son will be re­mem­bered posthu­mously.

Seven days re­main be­fore U.S. cit­i­zens se­lect a new pres­i­dent to fill a va­cancy left by Pres­i­dent Obama. Each glance at Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton and Trump pro­duces dis­be­lief that this coun­try de­liv­ered these two peo­ple as suc­ces­sors for the most pow­er­ful per­son in the world po­si­tion.

Blacks are not go­ing to vote for Trump, no matter what words he reads from a teleprompter. Maybe if Trump had spent real time with blacks in­stead of speak­ing the stan­dard lies run­ning ram­pant in white Amer­ica, that some­how Democrats have turned ur­ban ar­eas into cesspools of vi­o­lence, drug ad­dic­tion and poverty or that blacks risk their lives dur­ing vis­its to neigh­bor­hood cor­ner stores.

Trump will re­ceive votes from Don King and Charles Barkley who rep­re­sent Repub­li­can’s fa­vorite Ne­groes but smart peo­ple un­der­stand that those two black peo­ple in Wilkes-Barre were placed there as a way to bend the truth.

The chal­lenge here is for any Repub­li­can to look around your Elec­tion Day ball­rooms or Trump ral­lies and un­der­stand the com­po­si­tion of your Gal­lant Old Party.

Two black peo­ple, per­fectly po­si­tioned be­hind Trump changes noth­ing.

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