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Donald Trump Insultingly Ignorant On African-Americans -- NAACP Head

Cornell William Brooks Slams GOP Candidate

Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, sharply criticized Donald Trump for insensitivity to the African-American Community. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, sharply criticized Donald Trump for insensitivity to the African-American Community. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Donald Trump was sharply criticized by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks today (Sept. 21) for displaying “an insulting degree of ignorance and/or insensitivity” about African-Americans in his remarks during a North Carolina speech about inner city conditions.

Trump, appearing before a predominantly white audience, said African-American communities are “absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before…. ever, ever, ever.”

Brooks and other African-American leaders lambasted Trump for ignoring 200 years of U.S. history when blacks were enslaved, then oppressed by Jim Crow laws.

“African-Americans were lynched, African-Americans were forced to drink out of colored water fountains, ride the back of the bus, were enslaved in this country …” he said in reaction to the remarks.

“We expect more from our presidential candidates,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview. The NAACP is a non-partisan group.

The Trump campaign is trying desperately to appeal to African-American voters in an attempt to cut into Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls. Some 71 percent of likely black voters are supporting her, according to recent polls.

That’s the same percentage of none-white voters who supported husband Bill Clinton in his successful 1992 race for the White House. He ran against then-incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush. Bush is supporting Hillary in this year’s election.

Despite a report today that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said he “preferred” Trump over Clinton, he went on record in March making clear he has never endorsed the GOP candidate.

Nation  of Islam leader Lous Farrakhan has never endorsed Donald Trump for President. (Photo: Getty)

Nation of Islam leader Lous Farrakhan has never endorsed Donald Trump for President. (Photo: Getty)

Instead, Farrakhan praised Trump for refusing to take campaign money from Jewish groups. Farrakhan is virulently anti-Semitic. “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump,” he said, “but I like what I’m looking at,” according to politics Web site Politico.

Farrakhan spoke at the Men’s Day program hosted at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, DC, on Sunday and was highly critical of President Obama and Clinton. But he never endorsed Trump during his speech.

The erroneous report was carried first on right-wing news service Breitbart News.

Stephen Bannon, who heads up the news service, is working as Trump’s communications director.

Farrakhan has long been a controversial figure in the African-American community. He once praise Adolph Hitler as a “good man” and has spoken out frequently against Jews and LGBT Americans.

He has urged women to put husbands and children ahead of their careers, shun tight, short skirts, stay off welfare and reject abortion.

Last March, Farrakhan accused Jews of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, perpetrated by Muslim radicals, that brought down the World Trade Center Twin Towers.

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  • Elias Rachid

    “Insultingly ignorant? Insensitive?”

    This is meaningless, but kind of hilarious. We need a lot more of that kind of ignorance and insensitivity, not just with respect to black Americans but with respect to ALL identity groups. The age of identity-based political power is drawing to a close, and the end can’t come fast enough.

    The inner cities ARE worse off than they have been since at least the 1960s. Nearly 60 years of Democratic social and urban policies have left us with the farce of BLM and its associated thugs, black crime rates averaging 400% that of whites (which cannot be explained away by racist policing), and little or no economic improvement. Are we to believe the answer is MORE Democratic social and urban policies? Maybe the goal is to fulfill Johnson’s prophecy, “we’ll have those n***ers voting Democratic for 200 years?”

    • kredacter

      Here’s Donald Trump’s plan: racial profiling, stop-and-frisk policing, oppression and more black men sent to jail. Meanwhile, he wants to abolish the federal minimum wage, creating nothing but low-paying jobs.

      • Elias Rachid

        Where is this plan documented? Please, I want to see a position or a policy paper from the Trump campaign–not some selective quoting from a speech combined with hostile misrepresentations.

        By the way, the minimum wage SHOULD be abolished. What do you think raising the minimum wage does? It reduces the number of entry level jobs, it increases prices, and within a year or two any additional buying power is lost to inflation. Your labor is worth what someone will pay for it–not what the government says its worth.

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