During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to “take care of our African-American people.” Trump also asked black Americans, “What the hell they [had] to lose” by voting for him.
Given his naked embrace of racism and bigotry, there was an undercurrent of menace and malice in Trump’s first statement all along. And the answer to the second question was always, “a hell of a lot.” Trump’s presidency is still in its infancy. But in that short amount of time he has repeatedly demonstrated his hostility toward African-Americans, Latinos, First Nations people and Muslims. Their sense of safety, security, happiness, health and freedom are of no concern to him.
Trump’s attorney general, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III of Alabama, has taken up that crusade with enthusiasm. (Salon Magazine)