How often does a purportedly racist presidential candidate emphasize — repeatedly — the unacceptable living conditions our fellow Americans endure in devastated sections of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and the entirety of Newark and Detroit?
Why would such an individual, who has the endorsement of Robert F. Kennedy’s former speechwriter, even try to address the travesty of one-party rule?
Why would he denounce the political corruption and physical decrepitude — the broken roads, abandoned warehouses, shattered factories, shameful schools and condemned buildings — that scar these communities, as they simultaneously deny residents of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness? Why would Donald Trump, a candidate I do not support and will not select for the presidency, bother to ask inner city blacks the following question:
What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. I’ll straighten it out. I’ll straighten it out. What do you have to lose?
It is pure fantasy to believe that Trump, or any other politician (including a false messiah, who comes to the ghetto by way of Hawaii and Harvard), can straighten this mess out; because what we face is a multigenerational descent into mass madness, aided by longstanding laws (only recently amended) that are second only to slavery in having sundered the families of African-Americans; casting men and fathers adrift; graduating boys with diplomas they cannot read; and initiating teens into gangs they cannot leave, while also banishing males to prisons they cannot soon escape.
This is the legacy of the Democratic Party’s charity, and the Republican Party’s not-so-benign neglect.
Why, then, would Donald Trump, in an otherwise pathetic campaign of sins of the mouth and errors of the mind, have a moment of clarity about the outrages too many blacks continue to suffer?
Perhaps, because he is beholden to no one (except his creditors and the IRS), and because he is smart enough to see the obvious and state the undeniable, he believes he has nothing to lose.
For Trump is the first presidential candidate to break free of a system of lifetime mayors, corrupt councilmen, partisan preachers and the entrenched forces of the status quo that protest against racism, as they ensure its existence and perpetuate its survival.
At this point, blacks have nothing to lose but the chains of their political captivity — because they hope against hope that they will have something worth keeping.