Trump seeking the African-American vote asks: "What have you got to lose?"
He described a slice of the African-American community's experience today: That segment beset by crime and gun violence, higher unemployment among Black men 17-34, higher incarceration rates and second class schools and second class teachers.
Parallel to these facts of daily life within many African-American communities, there are also many stories of individual and community success. Our communities produced a POTUS and first Lady of the United States, a Chairman and CEO of American Express, Pres. & CEO of one of America's most successful Hedge Funds, and several African-Americans sitting on the boards of major US corporations today.
Establishment leaders of the Democratic Party cannot distance themselves and say they have had or have no political responsibility for the continuation of some of the worst conditions extant within several of our communities.
If readers doubt this, we recommend that they read "THE NEW JIM CROW-Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander.
A test of Trump's sincerity in reaching the African-American vote is available to to him IMMEDIATELY in the State of North Carolina. The New York Times recently reported that:
"A federal appeals court decisively struck down North Carolina's voter identification law on Friday, saying its provisions deliberately "target African-Americans with almost surgical precision" in an effort to depress black turnout at the polls".
"The North Carolina ruling tossed out the state's requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls and restored voters' ability to register on Election Day, to register before reaching the 18-year-old voting age, and to cast early ballots, provisions the law had fully or partly eliminated".
"The court also held that the ballots of people who had mistakenly voted at the wrong polling stations should be deemed valid".
"North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature rewrote the state's voting rules in 2013 shortly after the Supreme Court struck down a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had given the Justice Department the power to oversee changes in election procedures in areas with a history of racial discrimination. Forty of the state's 100 counties had been subject to oversight".
The judges noted that Republican leaders had drafted their restrictions on voting only after receiving data indicating that African-Americans would be the voters most significantly affected by them".
"We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history,".
If Trump is serious about reaching our and encouraging African-Americans to vote for him he should immediately request the Republican controlled State government in North Carolina TO RESCIND Its NEWLY ENACTED VOTER ID REQUIREMENT blocked by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A direct answer to his question of "what the hell do you have to lose?" is: "YOUR appointments to the United States Supreme Court if you become president".