July 2016: Trump names Omarosa head of Black outreach. Spike Lee comments:
“Trump Has Named Her As His ‘Director Of African-American Outreach. You Might Know Her From Trump’s RealityTV Show The Apprentice. #Who’s Next? Step N’ Fetchit? Aunt Jemina? Uncle Ben?”
August 22nd: in Ohio before a vastly White audience Trump says:
“Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody has seen. … Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living, in many cases, and, in many cases the way Hispanics are living, and I say it with such a deep-felt feeling: What do you have to lose? I will straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back. We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot. Look at the statistics.”
Thin on policy, thick on stereotype.
August 29th: he tweets:
“Inner-city crime is reaching record levels.”
As if “inner-city crime” is a thing the FBI gathers numbers on. If he means big-city crime, that has dropped by half during the past 20 years or so – even in Chicago. It is nowhere near record levels.
September 3rd: in Detroit he sets foot in a Black neighbourhood for the first time in his 14-months of running for president. Gasp! And, for the first time in his 70 years on this earth – the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s – he goes to a Black church. He gives a scripted interview with no hard questions and then gives a short speech. Standing next to Omarosa, he sways while music is playing. Afterwards he visits Ben Carson’s old house – and then takes off.
September 14th: Trump goes to Flint, Michigan, where Republicans have knowingly allowed its Black-majority citizenry to be poisoned by lead in the water. When that made news nationwide, Trump refused to comment. At Flint he speaks at a church, but later bad-mouths its (Black) pastor. He takes a picture with Mari Copeny, Little Miss Flint (shown above), but does not answer the questions she had prepared.
September 16th: Trump, Birther-in-chief, admits that President Obama was born in the US – five years after Obama made public his long-form birth certificate. But Trump does not apologize (or even fauxpologize) for humiliating the country’s first Black president.
Trump has not appeared before the NAACP, which even Romney did, much less, say, the Roland Martin show or the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which reaches 8 million people. It is not as if he has not been invited.
Thus his “Black outreach” to date.
Remarks: Someone running for president who was serious about the Black vote would not act like this. But someone putting on a show for White voters who think maybe he is too racist to vote for – he would act like this.
– Abagond, 2016.
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