We’ve heard the narrative over the past year – the only reason anyone would vote for Donald Trump is because they’re a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, bigot!
Clearly minority groups (and women, which are somehow now a minority according to liberals) didn’t buy the hype, as Trump outperformed Mitt Romney in the minority vote. Trump brought in 29 percent of the Latino vote, compared to 27 percent for Romney. The gender gap was practically identical for Trump-Clinton as it was for Romney-Obama, though Trump did get the majority of the white woman vote. When it came to the black vote, Trump garnered a share 50 percent larger than Romney’s (8 percent to 6 percent), and double that of John McCain (8 percent to 4 percent).
I’m not exactly sure what Trump ever said that would lead people to characterize him as racist against black people, and the founder of BET certainly hasn’t bought the media’s narrative either.
Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), says he is confident that President-elect Donald Trump will have a positive impact on the lives of African-Americans. Johnson met with Trump in New Jersey on Sunday, and told CNN that he left the meeting “understanding that President Trump is committed to reaching out to African-Americans.”
A billionaire media magnate, Johnson supported Hillary Clinton’s failed White House run. During their meeting, Johnson offered Trump advice on how to connect with black voters. Johnson encouraged Trump not to “say to black Americans, ‘What do you have to lose?’ Say to black Americans ‘What do you have to gain by a Trump presidency?’”
“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?” Trump asked them, adding, “You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”
Johnson shrugged off concerns about racist Trump supporters. “I know that there are people like that in America,” he said. “It’s been that way ever since slavery existed in this country and they’re not going to go away tomorrow or the next day.”
Johnson also implored black Americans to “find common ground with President-elect Trump.” “We ought to do it in the best interest of African-Americans and the best interest of the country,” he said.
There’s no reason for the black community to fear Trump – it’s not like he’s referred to them as super-predators or anything.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]