At a presidential rally on Wednesday, Donald Trump laid out his plan to help the Black community – in front of his usual mostly white audience. In his usual snarky demeanor, Trump painted an unrealistic picture of the entire Black community being in dire poverty and himself as the person to fix all the problems. Trump’s plan identified the three most important issues to be fixed in the Black community and they are: safe communities, great education and higher paying jobs. Trump said that in order to fix the problems – he will place more cops on the streets, have “blighted communities” labelled with a “disaster designation,” which will spur them to be rebuilt, and crack down on illegal immigration so that Blacks will not have to compete with foreign immigrants for jobs.
The Trump speech was intended to be his vision of urban renewal and fixing inner city neighborhoods. His vision painted most Black neighborhoods as unsafe and lacking job opportunities. Trump described inner cities as places where “you walk to the store to buy a loaf of bread, maybe with your child, and you get shot, your child gets shot.” He failed to mention the ongoing tension between the Black community and the police departments that are arbitrarily killing unarmed Black people. Trump said the issue is not having too many police on the streets but instead, not having enough police on the streets. He praised the law enforcement community and blamed Hillary Clinton for urging a “war” against the police, which he called “reckless.” Trump has previously insisted that he is in favor of “stop-and-frisk” policing.