Trump’s Inconvenient Racial Truth re African-American community – commentary

With the race for the presidency entering its last days, Donald J. Trump last Wednesday once again made his pitch to black America: a new deal aimed just at them. “I will be your greatest champion,” Trump said at a campaign rally in the battleground state of North Carolina. “I will never ever take the African-American community for granted. Never, ever.”

The hyperbolic remarks elicited the same collective eye roll among black Americans and white progressives that they have since Trump began regularly including black Americans in his platform in August. It was then, following days of unrest in Milwaukee after the police killed a black man there, that Trump flew to Wisconsin to give a speech on race.     

He headed not to the heavily black city where the embers of outrage still smoldered but instead, as his critics noted with glee, took the stage at the county fairgrounds of a bleached-out, deeply conservative Milwaukee suburb in order to address the problems of the “inner city.”     [Read more]

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  • demerwater  On November 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

    You know, I recall a commentary by Carl Blackman in the Guyana Graphic; during the uproarious times of ‘Axe The Tax’.
    “I saw jeweled hands. I saw hands that knew which fork to use for the fish course”.
    It was a satirical comment on the idea that the movement to repeal a tax was grass roots, ‘poor people’ – driven.
    It was driven by an unholy alliance!
    And that is why Donald J. Trump would be more credible if I saw more black hands and black faces with placards, “Blacks for Trump”; in the horde that is his audience on occasions like this.
    Please understand that this is not a racial comment; unless in the context of the exploitation by white people of those of another shade.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    More on Donald Trump’s hands ….

    • Thinker  On November 6, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Chopra reallly sounds like a fraud. Makes Trump look as if he deserves our sympathy.

  • Gigi  On November 6, 2016 at 8:50 am

    When welfare was extended to blacks, is wasn’t to help them, it was to keep them quiet/shut them up. This was when the Black Panther party, fully armed with AK 47s and dressed in militant garb, surrounded the California state house when it was in full session during Ronald Reagan’s (remember Reagan was a democrat who turned republican in order to run for president on the republican ticket) time as governor of CA. After that wake-up call, the American govt figured that extending welfare to blacks would shut them up and keep them docile. But when Blacks started abusing and exploiting the welfare system by having a whole bunch of kids, a faux black president (Bill Clinton) was needed to reform the system. A republican couldn’t do that even though most republicans were once democrats who jumped party.

    This is similar to NCLB, an education reform policy/law that is the brainchild of the democrats but was implemented under Bush. Why? Because it went after teachers who were always staunchly democrat supporters and democrats did not want to lose that voting block.

    Interestingly, I work in a school/school district in Northern VA that is predominantly Hispanic (70%+). The district leans republicans. The school staff is majority white (and republican) with a few Blacks and Hispanics and myself (a mixed bag), but even the few black teachers there are strongly republicans. A couple days ago I was having a conversation with one of the custodians, a Black male. The conversation drifted into the election and politics. Even though he said he is democrat, in listening to his views on issues he came off as republican. That, I think is the greatest confusion with most voters – what they truly stand for and what they are told to stand for based on party affiliation is designed to produce a deliberate cognitive dissonance. I see it in Guyana’s politics too.

    Interestingly, I noticed that the Hillary backing NYT did not open the comment section on this article.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Hillary Clinton enlisted the help of the star of Lyndon Johnson’s infamous “Daisy” ad to offer a condemnation of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    In the Clinton spot, Monique Corzilius Luiz, who was the little girl seen picking daisies in a field in the 1964 ad, expresses concern about the possibility of Trump having access to the nuclear codes given his insistence on being “unpredictable” if elected commander-in-chief.

    “The fear of nuclear war that we had as children, I never thought our children would ever have to deal with that again,” she says.

    Clips from rallies where Trump has declared his interest in bombing American enemies without regard and being unpredictable are interwoven with clips of an MSNBC spot where host Joe Scarborough discusses the limits on a president who wishes to use nuclear weapons.

    The ad comes just days before Election Day amid an increasingly contentious battle for the White House. The Clinton team has repeatedly tried to mark Trump with the same “itchy trigger-finger” image that dogged Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater during the 1964 election.


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