During the presidential debate I disagreed with Republican candidate Donald Trump on just about everything he said with the exception of one point he made that hit home. I think Blacks should be pressing the Democratic Party on it and the Democratic Party must address it.
Trump said, in essence, the Black communities throughout this country as a whole are worse off now than they’ve ever been. That we are killing each other, and decent Blacks are afraid to leave their homes and don’t want to raise their kids there.
I don’t know about worse than it has ever been, but I do know that when we talk about lack of affordable housing, it’s the Black communities; the abundance of blighted lots, old dilapidated houses that need repair or replaced, it’s in the Black communities; the need for businesses, it’s the Black communities, and that list can go on and on.
How often do we hear older people talk about the good old days when Black neighborhoods were loaded with small Black-owned businesses? How many mothers won’t allow their kids to play outside because of the drug trafficking and the violence in our streets?
When are our athletes or entertainers with money, who grew up in these poor blighted neighborhoods, going to start businesses or investing money into these neighborhoods or the neighborhoods they grew up in? Sure, they do the giveaways, which are here today and gone tomorrow, but how many really invest in businesses that will lead to people being employed? For example, how many Blacks invested in the Shop ‘n Save in the Hill District?