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President Trump's Black Agenda
By William Reed
“I don’t need nobody give me nothing, open up the doors I’ll get it myself” – soul singer James Brown

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared: “I will be great for African-Americans.”  So six months in, the question blacks should be asking is “What now, Donald?” Donald J. Trump has all the tools to be the greatest president for black Americans since Richard Nixon and his administration’s minority enterprise programs.
 
So far his presidency has not made Trump and blacks bedfellows. On no level do blacks and Trump coalesce. No group loathes Donald Trump as much as African Americans. Trump’s first six months in the White House show that blacks’ interests are not very high on his commander-in-chief priority list.
 
Millions of blacks live on the edge but their issues are marginalized by both major parties. There’s a significant gap between blacks and Trump.

Blacks view Trump as “a racist beyond redemption.” Published reports say “he think blacks are lazy.” According to a book written by former Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino president John R. O’Donnell, the real estate mogul said in 1991 that “laziness is a trait in blacks.” Allegedly, he was referring to a black accountant who worked for Trump Plaza, and added, ““Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” In a 1989 interview on NBC Trump said:  “A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that... I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they have actual advantage.’’
 
The Democrats have decided edge when it comes to blacks and their politics. “What have you got to lose?” has garnered babble from Democrats’ black "mis-leadership" which has focused on showing Trump what blacks have to lose under his presidency. But the economic reality is African American households have been getting poorer over the past years.The meter of progress is running backwards on African Americans, toward greater inequality and relative poverty. Trump can help blacks business prospects. Despite blacks according him deity status, Obama’s years were no panacea for America’s long-standing racial inequities.
 
Trump should go beyond palace guards and step to blacks to establish effective lines of communications. The state of black America is bleak. According to the National Urban League, African Americans continue to lag far behind whites economically. “Moreover, prospects look much worse under President Trump,” says Marc Morial, the league’s president and chief executive.   The standard of living for African Americans is 72 percent that of the average white person, according to the “equality index.”
 
A large percentage of blacks are trapped in horrible unaccredited inner city schools and high crime neighborhoods in situations that negatively impacts young blacks' ability to attain wealth in adulthood. During the campaign, Trump attempted to woo black voters with a 10-point plan for urban renewal that he said would improve their lives with increased school choice, safer communities and financial reforms to make it easier to start a business.
 
To be “president of all the people,” Trump must “open up doors” to greater accessible to blacks. Moving forward requires both blacks and Trump to adopt different mindsets. Blacks must reconsider monolithic support of Democrats’ policies that have failed miserably at moving blacks out of poverty. We need Trump to address something Obama never did - a “Black Agenda” to include: economic development, staple and progressive communities with unlimited educational opportunities.
 
Trump can do good reaching out to blacks. But blacks need unobstructed access to Trump. Whatever happened to Pastor Darrell Scott, the Cleveland pastor?  We need people like him directing Trump to give legs to campaign rhetoric such as: “appointing a commission to investigate the school to prison pipeline and shutting it down and investing in training and funding local and federal law enforcement operations to remove gang members, drug dealers, and criminal cartels from neighborhoods.”

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via Busxchng@his.com

What Do Black Republicans Believe?
By William Reed

Blacks’ devotion to Democrats has evolved into a dependency on government

On any level you examine, President Donald Trump’s outreach to blacks is an unenlightened mess. His appointment of Omarosa Manigault, the former "Apprentice" contestant, as White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison shows his lack of insight and interest in blacks, or their issues.  Manigault, as the top-ranking African American official inside the White House, is neither a Republican nor black advocate. Trump pays Manigault a top salary of $179,700, but shows little concern that she has problematic relationships and outreach to blacks. President Trump views Manigault as evidence of his commitment to diversity but blacks see her as “a spook that blocks the door.”
 
In another “diversity move,” Trump nominated African American Dr. Jerome M. Adams to be US Surgeon General.  A number of black Republicans hold prominent public-and-private-sector positions. A common thread among high-profile black Republicans is a “commitment to colorblind politics.” You see this modus operandi with broadcaster Charles Payne and politicians like Rep. Mia Love of Utah and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. They acknowledge that being black is part of their life experience but reject that racial identity should orient their political decision-making, often decrying efforts like affirmative action to address racial inequality.
 
Race-conscious Republicans see themselves closely linked to the broader black community and view conservative politics as a tool of of black uplift. Contemporary blacks’ support of Republican policy positions are based on Republican leanings and philosophies. Black Republican publishers have always led the way for the race. Abolitionist and ex-slave Frederick Douglass published the North Star as an anti-slavery newspaper in 1846. Later at blacks’ trials in America, Robert L. Vann published the Pittsburgh Courier. Under his leadership, The Courier developed into a leading black newspaper. By the 1930s it was the highest circulated black newspaper in the US.  The Call & Post was started in 1916 by Cleveland inventor Garrett Morgan. Under the influence of publisher W.O. Walker, the Call & Post established itself as the voice for African Americans. C.A. Scott was a prominent conservative Republican who published The Atlanta Daily World. Scott was a powerful political force. In 1944, the Daily World became the first black newspaper to have an African American cover the White House. By the 1960s Scott opposed sit-ins and other direct actions, arguing that growth of black businesses and wealth would be more effective strategies for ending racial oppression.
 
Blacks’ devotion to Democrats has evolved into a dependency on government. Since the mid-1930s, blacks have increasingly voted for Democrats and their progressive economic and civil rights policies. FDR’s New Deal programs and desegregation of the military in the 1940s began the bond Democrats hold with African-Americans. For blacks to be a force in America, we need to understand and nurture capitalism. For the past half-century, blacks have primarily supported the Democratic Party. The results of this political allegiance have created little for blacks, who would function and operate better in America with free-market and Republican ideology.
 
Black Republicans believe in political philosophies that uphold liberty as a core principle. Their objectives are to maximize political freedom and autonomy, emphasize freedom of choice, voluntary association, individual and self-ownership. Black Republicans have faith in the private sector to afford opportunity, reduce poverty and create jobs. In addition to market economies, black Republicans believe in limited government and desire less regulation. We believe in government operating under balanced budgets and have conviction that our country’s debt crisis is real and must be addressed. We believe in the biblical-touted family structure of father, mother and children for blacks. We see that the black family structure is predominately female-headed. That is a matter of interest to us as we seek to mitigate links between black family structure and poverty. Like-minded, we know with certainty that civil institutions including families, voluntary associations, churches and synagogues is the lifeblood of society, and are to be protected from government meddling. While whites are united defending Israel, black Republicans support for Israel is tempered by sympathies for the Palestinians’ plight. The majority of Republican-leaning blacks oppose minimum wage and abortion on demand legislation.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via Busxchng@his.com