Curtis Mayfield made a song named “Diamond in the Back.” He stated that you should be thankful for what you got. Here is the soundtrack:
Alice Walker has a quote that describes how many Black people live in America:
‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.Jay Harold remembers the “Colored Men’s Restrooms” and the tin roof of my great grandmama’s house. The “Outhouse” the neighbor used for years before getting an indoor toilet. Black Americans have greatly improved their standard of living over the past half-century. So what’s up with Donald Trump?
Americans are constantly told by President Donald Trump that African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States are “living in hell” because inner cities are so dangerous1 . Are Black Americans the only Americans living a tragedy?
Poverty is found in many parts of the United States. Jay Harold will highlight some non-urban areas with a low Black American population that may meet Donald S. Trump’s definition of “living in hell.” Jay Harold previously has highlighted McDowell County, WV, Owsley County, Ky, Brooks County, TX, and Hancock County, TN. Jay Harold will spotlight another county in the state of Kentucky. The county is home to the Natural Arch, Historic Stearns/Stearns Trail Town, Barthell Coal Mining Camp, and a section of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. The county is McCreary County.
McCreary County2 , Kentucky is located in southeastern Kentucky on the southern edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the northern end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA). This area is known for its abundant scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and its history and heritage.
The majority of the county is owned by the federal government3 . 43% is owned and managed by the Daniel Boone National Forest, and 18% owned and managed by the National Park Service as the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
The 2015 U.S. American Factfinder Census4 states that 1126 African-Americans lived among 17,878 people in McCreary County. That’s 6.3% of the total population. The table below from the U.S. Census shows the demographics of the county.
McCreary County Demographics
Race and Hispanic Origin
Persons in poverty, percent
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher
Foreign born persons, percent, 2011-2015
Median Housing Value
Is Donald Trump Trying to Play Black Americans?
W. E. B. Du Bois said:
“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.”
The data suggests that while Black Americans are struggling economically, there are places in the United States that are also in terrible shape. Jay Harold prays that we move forward and help McCreary County and other areas in similar economic condition thrive again.
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