Search This Blog

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Race Relations

Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, a majority of Americans (60%) say his election has led to worse race relations in the United States. Just 8% say Trump’s election has led to better race relations, while 30% say it has not made a difference.

Shortly after Trump’s victory last year, voters had less negative expectations for how his election would affect race relations. In November 2016, nearly half (46%) said it would lead to worse race relations, while 25% expected his election to lead to improved race relations (another 26% expected little change.
 Eugene Scott at WP: 
The Times reported that Trump had read a list revealing the number of immigrants that had entered the country:
Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.

Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.
The Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposes cutting $800 million in America’s bilateral HIV/AIDS programs. And neither South Africa nor Nigeria would be in the “priority” category in the State Department's new AIDS strategy, despite together being home to about a quarter of the AIDS cases in the world.

Despite senior staff denying the president’s alleged comments, according to Huckabee Sanders, the president’s track record with immigrants, including those from Africa, leads some within the community to doubt that Trump’s vision of a great America includes them. Many members of America's immigrant communities have felt devalued by Trump since the day he announced his campaign for president. The policy proposals that followed — combined with comments about black Americans — have led many within the black and immigrant communities to believe that Trump has little to no respect for black people wanting to come to the U.S. to experience the American Dream.