Maya Angelou has a quote that fits President Donald Trump’s behavior toward Black Americans:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Black Americans are uncomfortable with Donald Trump because we believe that words matter! President Trump has a history of negative views on Black Americans. The “Central Park Five1 ” case in which five teenage boys – commonly known as the Central Park Five – spent the better part of a decade in jail after being falsely accused of rape. Donald Trump believed the men were guilty even when someone else admitted to the rape.
Donald Trump’s most infamous case of trying to discredit Black Americans is using the birther movement to attack President Obama.
Donald Trump found out in the above video what can happen when you step into the arena with someone who can “Play the Dozens3 .”
President Trump can’t Intimidate Minorities
Americans are constantly told by Donald Trump that African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States are “living in hell” because inner cities are so dangerous6 .
The 2015 U.S. American Factfinder Census states that 30 African-Americans lived among 6642 people in Hancock County. That’s 0.5% of the total population. The table below from the U.S. Census shows the demographics of the county.
|Two or more races||93||+/-32||1.4%||+/-0.5|
|Black or African American||30||+/-22||0.5%||+/-0.3|
Persons in poverty, percent
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher
Median Housing Value
Jay Harold has discussed Black American’s economic status, “Black Household Incomes Below National Average.” African Americans median household income for 2013 was $34,560 according to The U.S. Census 2013 American Factfinder. Black Americans had an 83.8% high school graduation rate vs. 73.3% for Hancock County according to the same census survey.
You would think that this is the Southside of Chicago or Congressman John Lewis’s district. Maybe a black county in Mississippi or Alabama. You would be wrong, my friend! I wonder if President Trump was aware of this data when he tried to shame Congressman Lewis?
The data suggests that while Black Americans are struggling economically, there are places in the United States that are also in terrible shape. It’s like that famous quote,”The pot calling the kettle black.” Jay Harold prays that we move forward and help Hancock County and other places in similar economic condition thrive again.
Please take this advice of Muhammad Ali and give back to others. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali