Opinion

Donald Trump Represents the Party of African Americans

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Donald Trump visited Great Faith Ministries, a mainly African-American church in Detroit, on Saturday. He spoke to the congregation and praised the role of the African-American faith community in America stating, “The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and its people.”

Trump addressed how divided the nation currently is and that he was there to “learn so that we can remedy injustice…” Following Trump’s speech, Bishop Wayne Jackson placed a prayer shawl on Trump’s shoulders. Bishop Jackson proclaimed that he had prayed and fasted over it personally in hopes of helping Trump feel an anointing from the Lord to give him energy and lift him up.

The Detroit visit comes on the heels of Trump’s request for the African-American vote two weeks ago in Dimondale, Michigan, where he asserted, “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed…what the hell do you have to lose?”

“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed…what the hell do you have to lose?”

This statement has generated controversial reviews, however, it is not entirely inaccurate. Trump argues that our nation is divided and that it recently seems as though the Democratic Party has done little to help the African-American community. Several members of the community, such as Quanell X of the New Black Panthers, have come forward professing that Trump’s comments should, at the very least, make African-Americans question the Democratic Party.

Dating back to Barry Goldwater in 1964, African-Americans have long backed the Democratic Party. Many African-Americans identified as Democrats after Goldwater argued that the Civil Rights Act expanded government power too much. Following that moment, the African-American community, as a whole, has sided with the left.

According to a poll conducted by “Big Data”, Donald Trump currently has 26% of the African-American vote. George W. Bush was the last Republican to win the White House in 2004. President Bush won with only 7% of the African-American vote. Clearly, Donald Trump is having a larger and more positive impact on the African-American community than the mainstream media and Democratic Party are projecting.

12 Comments

  1. Jake, I’m not even sure where to begin with this. You’re cherry-picking quite heavily here. A church leader here or there does not equal support from large parts of the AA community. You cite a poll from “Big Data” showing that he has 26% support among AAs? Why can’t I find anything about this poll anywhere? How about the polls from various sources showing that he has around… um, 0% favorability ratings from AAs?

    You’ve also forgotten to mention that he was sued by the DoJ for racial discrimination in 1973, or are you just too tone-deaf to realize that telling an entire population of people that their lives suck is not the best way to appeal to them?

    Lastly, you’re trying to use an (inaccurate) poll number and a vote count from 2004 (a different time and a different candidate) to show that he’s had a more positive impact on the AA community than the left has led on? Pray tell, what exactly has Trump done for the AA community aside from insulting them?

    If you’re really planning on studying philosophy, I hope you get to your logic class soon.

  2. How can the 2012 election rates of Obama create momentum for the 2008 election? Did they finally invent time machines?

  3. Jake this is the worst thing I’ve ever read

  4. What is it that qualifies you to speak for the black community? Is it fair for a white person who attends a predominately white university to decide that a certain politician “represents” African Americans?

    According to your own article Barrack Obama, a Democrat, won the African-American vote by enormous margins. I know of no other demographic that voted for a candidate in such a high numbers at any point in American history. Does that not mean that Barrack Obama, and by extension the Democratic Party, represent the black community? I believe that’s an underlying principle of American democracy. Surely a bright Wake Forest philosophy major wouldn’t presume to tell 95-99 percent of African Americans who voted in the last two elections that he understands their challenges, needs, and hopes better than they do.

    I posit that telling a group of people how they “should” think is not the approach that either a journalist or a philosopher should take in an attempt to discuss people different from them. Listen to others and learn from them.

  5. I found the Big Data Poll with an easy Google search. Also, if using Trump data from 1973, one may also want to reference Clinton data from the regrettable crime bill where she referred to African-American youths as “super-predators”. Trumps point, and some leaders of the AA community, is that the Democratic Party has been doing them a disservice and that it is time to re-evaluate.

  6. I found the Big Data Poll with an easy Google search. Also, we should discount information from 2004 because it was a “different time”, but we should still rely on information from 1973? If referring to said info from 1973, one may also want to recall Clinton’s regrettable crime bill where she referred to African- American youths as “super-predators”. Trump’s point, and the point of some AA leaders, is that the Democratic Party has done them disservice, and that it may be time to re-evaluate.

  7. I suspect that these percentages came straight out of your arse. Out of all of the ill-written articles on this highly debatable website, this one is the MOST cringeworthy. I suggest enrolling in Sociology 151 with any of WFU’s accredited professors before writing any further on American politics and Black people. I exit this website to never come back again.

  8. I also found the “poll”; it is in fact not a poll at all. The study tracked sentiment on Donald Trump; 26% of African-Americans had a “positive sentiment” of Donald Trump. It was from the month of May 2016. It was “based on the analysis of digital discussion in the last 30 days as of June 1st, 2016.” Meaning it was likely based on tracking comments on social media or other platform and not based on polling at all. However, a Public Policy Polling poll from the end of August has Trump at literally 0% among African Americans, with a margin of error of 3%. So that 26% number that you found really doesn’t mean anything. I highly disagree with your opinions, but at least provide proper evidence to support them.

  9. Jake, let me start off by saying this is an amazing article. It is probably fair to say many of these commenters have nothing better to do in their time than to find hate, and attempt to bring down a young writer. I just went through and fact checked most of your references (which all cleared), and am impressed by the amount of research you did on such a controversial topic. I noticed that you also made this informative, rather than opinionated. This is very important and crucial to journalism, and I believe that you are one of the few journalists left that sees truth/facts as real notable news. Don’t let the ignorance of others hate affect your writing, because I personally cannot wait to read future work that you will be publishing. Thank you for the spectacular article.

  10. Jake, As a fan of neither candidate, I would like to commend you for reporting on such a controversial topic. I was a Journalism major and can remember drawing the short straw and getting the difficult assignment. People don’t understand that you only have a limited space in which to report. Also, polls are fodder for criticism. If you cite the CNN poll, the Fox News people will revolt, and vice versa. I don’t agree or disagree with your article, but you did not state a personal opinion. That shows that you are capable. Good luck to you Jake. My best advice is to not read these comments. People will use it as a forum to blame you for political issues that go way deeper than your written words.

  11. I found the article a refreshing different light on what has become a polarizing issue during this election. Not to say sarcastically that this is not a black and white issue and the viewpoint highlights what is perceived and what is reality. It is good to see the facts come out to combat the sensational headlines, which only spotlight what will sell the news.

  12. I found this article to represent facts, not opinions, so I am confused by the comments implying that you are attempting to speak for any group of people. I say well done. I do find it strange that so many who cry “diversity” are the same people who condemn divergent views. Your article presented information without condemnation.