If you want to know what Black people think about Trump, come into the communities, HBCUs, churches and neighborhoods and ask us.
Conservative writerLiz Peek’s column on “(president Donald) Trump gaining black voters… ” is terribly flawed. I am reminded of Marshall McLuhan’s phrase from 1964 that “the media is the message.”
First, she is a “Fox News” contributor and former Wall Street financier. Those two facts alone mean she has no clue what the Black community is thinking. How would she know? Who did she ask?
Her first statement, “For decades Democrats have taken Blacks for granted” is not true. The fact is that Blacks have been elected to local, state and federal offices, as Democrats. We are participating in the governing process because Blacks are Democrats. Not true with the GOP! Just look at the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. Does she see any color on her Republican side of the aisle? The truthful statement is that “for decides, Blacks have been ignored by Republicans.”
Second, to prove her point she highlights billionaire BET founder and investor Robert Johnson as the definitive quote on black achievement under Trump. Johnson is not representative of the Black community, nor is he a representative spokesman for the majority view of the current president and impact of his policies.
I am sure the “permanent corporate tax cut of 2017” was deemed as positive in Johnson’s world view. I don’t fault him, he is doing great. But, Johnson is not the right person to ask or quote.
Third, the continued “fake news” that the low unemployment rate for Blacks is due to Trump, is just that “fake”. President Barack Obama’s administration policies undid the severe impact of President George W. Bush’s “Great Recession” and brought the unemployment rate down 10 percentage points. Give credit (truth) where credit is due.
Finally, if you want to know what Black people think about Trump, please do not ask, as Peek said, “black Trump surrogates.” Come into the communities, HBCUs, churches and neighborhoods and ask us. When is the last time Liz Peek did real research on Black voters face-to-face? Likely never.
BILL NIX, DELRAY BEACH