Donald Trump‘s recent visit to Detroit, Michigan for the political election has caused quite a stir for some people. In efforts to seek support, Trump made a bold decision to visit a predominately African-American church in efforts to provide faith for black communities. Trump does a fair job in providing a very unifying message among church goers.
Trump states, “I believe we need a Civil Rights agenda for our kind. One that ensures the rights to a great education…so important, and the right to live in safety and in peace and to have a really really great job…”
He continues by stating, “And when anyone hurts, we all hurt together and that’s so true.” After ending on that note a mild applause sounded off in the church.
He continues by saying, “We’re all brothers and sisters and we’re all created by the same God. We must love each other and support each other and we’re in this altogether. I fully understand that the African-American community is suffering from discrimination and that there are many wrongs that must still be made right.”
Shortly after, Trump was joined with the African-American church goers as they all stood singing proudly while he began to dance along in a video provided by CNN .
His speech overall was very unifying and I too agree that there should be a Civil Rights agenda. I did like how Trump addressed the discrimination going on in African-American communities, however I still do feel that his words were less than sincere to the people. Everything in his speech appeared to be quite generic and calculated to me.
Trumps statements throughout his political campaign journey has been very shaky when addressing minority groups and communities. When meeting up with Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump boasted, “They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for [it].”
After making these insinuations, President Nieto disagreed with paying to build a wall. Trump made no efforts in both the present and the past of sharing his opinions on minority communities—more often, the black community as he repeatedly asked, “What do you have to lose?” a question hinted to African-Americans.
On “The O’Reilly Factor” show presented by Fox, Trump had more than a mouthful to say about African-American communities. He started off by saying, “You have tremendous numbers of African-Americans that have really had a hard time…they live terribly and I say what do you have to lose? I say to em’ what do you have to lose. Give it to me, I’m [gonna] fix it.”
He even makes statements going after President Barack Obama.
“Look how much African-American communities suffered under democratic control. To those I say, the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?”
In my opinion, I believe that African-American communities are far from the blame due to democratic control or Obama as Trump fully implied in recent statements. Sure, he could have been more hands on in African-American communities by funding certain things in terms of education, however what we all have to realize is that most of African American community’s lye in impoverished environments.
With me being an African-American myself I fully realize the society and world we live in. I understand that I will seek judgement from some people, but we all do in most situations.
I feel that African-Americans (myself included) have to set a precedent for themselves and have to want change. We have to want to stop the cycle that some of us have been conditioned to. Some of us come from broken homes with only one financial care provider. There’s more that could be stated here in efforts of speaking for my community, however that would take far too long.
Trump’s continued speech in Dimondale, Michigan stated what he really thought about African-American communities and these statements ruffled the feathers of many African-Americans. “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
Contrary to Trump’s overbearing comments, I would have to say that there has been an improvement in African-American communities as far as education and household income goes.
From earlier years like 2005 to 2013, African-American household incomes have increased drastically averaging to 75,000 dollars over a span of African-American households living in the U.S. despite many homes still making less than 20,000 dollars a year according to The Nielson Company reports.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, enrollment for African-Americans to colleges has increased among recent years. In 2014, African-American enrollment was reported to be 70.9 percent and is still growing today.
Whether Trump will be taking office in January or not is still up for debate. His comments on minority groups might have him completely throw this presidential election.
Though Trump leads in the electoral vote now, Hillary Clinton has gained a quite enormous following among both women and minority groups as well. All and all, we shall all have to wait and see for this very intense presidential campaign to come to a close.