Title

Voting Trump a Big Risk: Donald Trump Could Set Civil Rights Back 50 Years

Document Type

News Article

Journal Title

Baltimore Sun

First Page

A19

Publication Date

9-21-2016

Abstract

Speaking to a predominantly white crowd in Dimondale, Mich., recently, Donald Trump asked African-Americans: “What do you have to lose by trying something new” like him. “You're living in poverty,” he said. “Your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth are unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

The short answer is stark: The African American community stands to lose much of the progress we have made in the last 50 years if Donald Trump wins the White House, while the serious problems that we still face will calcify or worsen. As President Barack Obama put it over the weekend, when he told African-Americans he would consider it a “personal insult” if they did not vote for Hillary Clinton: “My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot.”

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