Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Donald Trump Truthspeaker - What I am reading 11/2/2016

NY Times - Trump's Inconvenient Racial Truth -

 (I)n his speeches, Trump was speaking more directly about the particular struggles of working-class black Americans and describing how the government should help them more than any presidential candidate in years. Let that uncomfortable truth sink in.
Whatever his motives, Trump was talking about the black working class in a way that few national politicians do. 
Trump is not wrong when he says that black Americans have suffered in a particular way in blue cities and blue states. (Of course, they suffer in red states as well.) The most segregated cities have long been clustered above the Mason-Dixon line and are Democratically run. Some of the most segregated schools in the country educate students in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Milwaukee. Efforts to integrate schools in these cities have met resistance from white progressives. Democrats did as much to usher in the era of mass incarceration as anyone else. And in these cities, with their gaping income inequality, black communities shoulder a terrible burden of gun violence, high unemployment, substandard schools and poverty.

Lot's of Republicans have said this for a long time.  It's too bad it took Trump to get it noticed.  Don't mistake me a lot of Republicans (and Democrats for that matter) also believe that family and the culture of work in Inner cities have degraded, but honestly the two aren't incompatible.

 Washington Post - Election maps are telling you big lies about small things -

In 2012, about the same number of votes were cast in these 160 counties as were cast in the rest of the country. But, your run-of-the-mill election map won't show you that.      

And this is why a Trump victory is exceedingly unlikely. 

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