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