Black Americans Should Welcome, Not Fear, Trump's America
It is Democrats who have done great harm to their own constituents, while insisting they vote only one way.
The Washington Post recently published yet another propaganda screed masquerading as journalism, this time lamenting the fear supposedly plaguing the black community in the era of Donald Trump. Showing impressive intellectual contortionism, the Post manages to drive this narrative while remaining largely free of fact and substance.
After pointing out that Trump received only 8% of the black vote in the 2016 election, the Post notes that the majority of blacks are worried about losing their civil rights under Trump. They reportedly fear his campaign to “Make America Great Again” will “negatively impact the black community’s access to quality public schools, job opportunities that pay a livable wage and affordable health care, child care and housing,” and will “have a negative impact on the ability to keep black children from mass incarceration and over-policing.”
These are the same asinine claims Democrats have made (unfortunately, successfully) for decades about Republicans, which is both infuriating and baffling. The party most responsible for black suffering — the Democrats — is embraced as savior by their victims. The Democrat Party fought a war in part to protect slavery, opposed civil rights, enacted Jim Crow laws, and oppressed blacks at every turn, then successfully peddled the lie that white racists fled to the Republican Party in the 1960s.
Today, despite claiming to be the protector of blacks, the Democrat Party funds the slaughter of black children, giving more than $500 million in taxpayer funds each year to Planned Parenthood, an organization founded with the goal of exterminating blacks through abortion and sterilization, while trapping those who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods and failing schools — urban poverty plantations, if you will.
It was Barack Obama and the Democrats who repeatedly defunded the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, an incredibly successful school choice program serving almost exclusively poor black and Hispanic children, graduating them and sending them to college at far higher rates than DC’s public schools, and at a fraction of the cost. It was Republicans who successfully fought to restore funding, and it is still Republicans today who fight for school choice so children of single black and Hispanic mothers in DC and Detroit and Baltimore and Atlanta can receive the same high-quality education as Obama’s daughters, who attend highly selective private schools.
Crime is another area where blacks suffer disproportionately, but not for the reasons that Democrats claim.
Following the nationwide riots and protests orchestrated by progressive Democrats and race-baiters after the shooting death of Michael Brown (later ruled justified, even by Obama’s cop-hating Justice Department), many police departments in major cities felt the impact of the “Ferguson Effect.” That is, the effect on law enforcement brought about by the slanderous accusations of racism and police brutality coming from Obama and Democrat mayors — their own war on cops. Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald explains, “Cops are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened. … Having been told incessantly by politicians, the media, and Black Lives Matter activists that they are bigoted for getting out of their cars and questioning someone loitering on a known drug corner at 2 AM, many officers are instead just driving by.”
As a result, murder and violent crime rates in these cities have skyrocketed, and it is poor, inner city blacks, living among these vicious predators, who suffer most. Yet every attempt to crack down on criminal thugs is met with screams of racism from Democrats. It is not conservative Republicans, statues of General Robert E. Lee or even Confederate flag-waving white supremacists that are robbing, raping and murdering innocent blacks in these neighborhoods. It is, as the FBI data proves, almost exclusively young black men.
For example, Chicago’s murder rate — largely in gang violence — skyrocketed from 411 in 2014 to 765 in 2016. The city’s on pace to surpass that number this year. Six other major U.S. cities saw similar spikes between 2014 and 2016. That would be pre-Trump for those keeping score.
The Obama years were brutal on the black community economically too. Blacks suffered an increase in the poverty rate, a decrease in the workforce participation rate, a decrease in median income, home ownership fall by 9.1%, and the numbers of blacks on food stamps explode by 4.4 million, up 58.2%.
Even Urban League President Marc Morial acknowledged as much in the 2015 “State of Black America” report, lamenting that “Black America remains in a recession and remains in crisis when it comes to jobs and the economy. … Black unemployment is twice that of white unemployment. Wages are stagnant. Many people who are working are simply not earning what they need or should earn to make ends meet.”
President Donald Trump is slashing bureaucratic red tape, cutting regulations and jump-starting the economy. GDP growth numbers for last quarter were recently revised to 3.1%, a rate Democrats told us we’d never see again. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is near record lows, and Trump has cracked down on illegal immigration and its accompanying crime. He appointed an education secretary who is fighting for school choice, which predominantly helps poor minority children and leads to better jobs.
A growing economy will create more jobs, raise wages and provide greater opportunities for blacks, whites and Hispanics alike. If Republicans can finally pass the repeal of ObamaCare, it will lower costs and provide greater access to health care. And it is conservative governors who are leading the way on criminal justice reform.
These are colorblind policies that benefit all hard-working, law-abiding citizens, of which there are millions in the black community. Which goes to show that, contrary to The Washington Post’s propaganda, in Trump’s America, blacks not only have little reason to fear the president but much cause to celebrate.