What the Trump administration portends for Black America

By | December 29, 2016

If President-Elect Donald Trump is judged by his dizzying array of pronouncements during the recent concluded U. S. presidential campaign, then Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, progressives, the legal community, civil rights advocates and other constituencies have reason to be concerned over what life under a President Trump might look like.

Mr. Trump targeted people who are not White and Christian, beginning on the day more than 18 months ago when he announced his intention to run for president. During that address, he described Mexicans coming to the U.S. as rapists and murderers and he subsequently took turns denouncing, insulting and offending Blacks and other people of color, women, gays and lesbians and the disabled.

The business tycoon promised to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S.; pledged to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants; vowed to institute a rigorous monitoring and surveillance system for Muslims seeking to come to the United States; swore to repeal Obamacare; and made other promises and guarantees that don’t bode well for those who aren’t White.

Because of the nature of his campaign—which is acknowledged to be one of the most divisive and deeply racist runs for office in recent memory and because it was clear to most that he was unqualified—Mr. Trump was expected to be routed by Democratic challenger Hillary Rodham Clinton. But in what political pundits and observers call the most stunning upset in American political history, Mr. Trump beat Mrs. Clinton, taking a little more than 300 Electoral College votes but losing the popular vote by more than 2.8 million ballots. (The Final Call)

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