Donald Trump’s recent speech regarding the atrocious state of urban, majority-black communities was a stellar achievement. As with much of the good he proposes for the nation, someone, somewhere will always impugn his efforts and this occasion was no different. Whatever can be done to hack away at his steely resolve will be done by those who are headed for irrelevance if this man becomes the next President of the United States.
The cry that I’m hearing from some folks is that Trump must “go into the black community” (give face time) if he is to prove himself “worthy” of the black vote. I excuse this type of thinking from people who are not black, such as Fox Business News anchor Lou Dobbs, because the assumption is that it’s a worthy thing to say—the candidate should show blacks how much he cares by going to them for supplication. That is an asinine assumption, but it has a nice flavor to it.
More concerning to me is when a black person of note makes the same ludicrous statement, because white people of note are often quick to agree with such sentiments, when they come from a black person. Agreement gives a sense that one “understands.” That same sentiment irritates the heck out of me.
Jason Riley (of the Manhattan Institute) is one such black person of note. He impressed Stuart Varney (also a Fox Business News anchor) on one of Varney’s recent shows with his critical review of Trump’s speech. Riley ranted that Trump did not care about the black vote or he would go into the community and make his case. It’s worth noting that Jason Riley, like much of the Wall Street Journal news outfit for which he writes, is not an avid Trump supporter.
Donald Trump is seeking the office of President of the United States of America. America encompasses many “communities” of presumed special-status people, not only blacks. Progressive leftist forces have created these enclaves of divisiveness within the country and ensure that they remain hostile to the overarching “American community.” The purpose of their creation is to supply voting blocks for Democrat, leftist policies.
In his law-and-order speech, Trump outlined masterfully how the Left has used and abused blacks and other minorities over the many years that these same minorities have voted them into power. He also outlined what needs to be done to end these abuses. He then asked for black people who want a better future to give him the opportunity to accomplish his goals. That is the only thing Donald Trump as presidential candidate should do. He can bring, and has brought, onto his team black leaders who are tasked with taking the message of renewal and hope directly to their communities.
Many of those conservative, patriotic leaders live in the black community and can make the case for the only candidate who will bring positive change into their lives. Trump has already met with minority church leaders who hold great sway in many black communities. Pastor Darrell Scott, an evangelical minister, is a liaison of sorts between Trump and the black evangelical community. Other blacks who are in the public eye can serve in a similar capacity. Members of the National Black Republican Association, consisting of blacks who are not chained to the Democrat Party, are active in their communities. These are the people to bring truth to those who want to hear it.
No president should pander to any specific group of people for votes. Pandering is the modus operandi of progressive, leftists Democrats, and the way sordid politics have worked until now. Donald Trump is the much-needed change-agent to end that practice.
If some assume that Trump must make special overtures to blacks, he will be expected to do the same to other special interests and minority groups. The man’s entire campaign, however, has been and should continue to be a resounding repudiation of such devious and divisive behavior. I read a comment posted online from someone who listened to Trump’s speech. The commenter offered that he was amazed at how not once did Trump pander but yet he delivered a heartfelt statement to all Americans (particularly minorities) who want to live in peace and safety. That’s what an effective leader does.
Trump has made the case for what he proposes to do to steer this nation from its current march toward destruction. If after supportive black leaders have made that same case to their respective communities and some in the community choose not to support him, so be it. Some will support him, because the black community from which I sprang still contains people who refuse to be cast as victims. Some still hold on to that heritage of strength passed on from our ancestors. We see ourselves as Americans who happen to be black, and those of us who maintain that attitude have for the most part succeeded in America.
I’m certain that the vast majority of Trump’s massive support base (myself included) will never tolerate his succumbing to Jason Riley’s and the chorus of naysayers’ insistence that he must go to the black community. The pernicious media would have a field day chronicling, if not actually facilitating, the media circus that would ensue. Socialist operatives will have planned in advance for as many disrupters as they can brainwash or pay to put on a show—as the media applaud.
I hope Donald Trump is savvy enough not to demean himself and likely still not gain any votes. He would surely lose a good many from people who respect his resolve to speak to all American citizens and avoid rank pandering to a few. Those who want a better future for themselves and their families will heed his message. Those who choose not to, he doesn’t need. Polls can be useless.
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