by Yvette Carnell
Late last week Donald Trump told the truth about the worsening condition of the black community and something weird happened.
“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” Trump asked during a campaign rally. “You live 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?”
This was all it took for the Chattering Class of mainstream black pundits to lose their entire sh-t.
Watch New York Times columnist Charles Blow lose his mind and transform into a trollish hobglobin before our very eyes:
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) August 23, 2016
This one hyper-emotional response to Trump’s “what do you have to lose” comment accurately condenses the reaction of most black pundits, and far too many black voters.
Blow, an alleged serious writer at the Times, quoted The Color Purple in defense of his on-air unraveling:
The exaggeratedly offended overreaction coming from the black community seems especially curious after the Black Lives Matter protests we’ve witnessed in recent years. Put in context, here’s what it sounds like to me:
Black people to America: “You don’t understand what we go through! My black life doesn’t matter to you! My black body doesn’t matter to you!”
Trump: “You’re right! You don’t have money or jobs!”
Black people: “Racist!”
You don’t have to be a Trump supporter to understand how schizophrenic that sounds.
In comparison, here’s how we should’ve followed up Trump’s comments: “Yes, you’re right, candidate Trump. Now tell me how your POLICY prescriptions will help the black community dig our way out of this hole.”
Trump likely would’ve failed the challenge, then we could’ve damned him for falling short on the SERIOUS question of policy rather than the EMOTIONAL overreaction at having been offended by the truth.
In a Facebook exchange, someone said, and I’m paraphrasing, “we already know Trump doesn’t have policy, so what’s the point?”
Even if you think you know what Trump is up to, make it play out politically how you NEED it to play out. What we need is a discussion about which policies are most beneficial for the black community and who, if anyone, will champion them. You don’t get to that point by overreacting at the mention of poverty in the black community. That’s an amateur move that we’ve been perfecting election after election. Isn’t it about time to bring in the clowns and get serious about our politics and our future?