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President Donald Trump walks with Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Dr. Ben Carson, as they pass a exhibit honoring Carson during a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture Tuesday and offered an olive branch to black America.

But will African-Americans accept it?

Trump, who only received about 8 percent of the Black vote during the presidential election, pledged Tuesday to confront racism and create a bridge of unity for what he called a “divided country.”

“Today and every day of my presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African-Americans and for every American,” Trump said.

Trump called his tour “a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry and hatred and intolerance.”

“We’re going to bring this country together. We have a divided country that’s been divided for many, many years, but we’re going to bring it together,” Trump said.

Trump was joined by White House adviser Omarosa Manigault and Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, whose career as a neurosurgeon is featured in one of the museum’s exhibits.

So what did Trump learn? And will Black Americans take his visit to the museum seriously? Well, many Twitter users were unimpressed.

Trump has plenty of work to do. During the campaign, the president pledged to reduce crime in inner cities but he offended many African-Americans by characterizing Black neighborhoods as crime-infested ghettos where people are afraid to leave their homes for fear of being shot.

While this narrative is certainly true in some predominantly Black neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee and Baltimore, it is a broad-brush description and shows Trump’s lack of understanding about America’s Black communities.

But on Tuesday, Trump appeared more willing to acknowledge the outright racism that Black Americans and Jews are still experiencing today.

“This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said. “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

The problem with Trump is that he makes a declarative statement on an issue one day and refutes his own comments the next day. He’s a walking contradiction so, in the case of his pledge to fight racism and bigotry, we’ll see if his legislative policies back up his rhetoric.

If Trump seriously wants to end racism, will he, for example, strike down Stop and Frisk, where police pull over, detain, and in some cases arrest innocent black and Hispanic drivers?

Will the president end his Muslim ban?

Will he help change a police culture where unarmed Black men and women are being shot to death? Or disavow and fire known white nationalist sympathizers like advisors Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller? Will The Justice Department under new Attorney General designee Jeff Sessions enforce the serious police reforms recommended by the Obama administration?

I heard Trump’s call. Now I’m waiting for action.

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30 thoughts on “Did Trump’s Museum Visit Help Him With African-Americans? Not So Fast

  1. Tedarion Johnson on said:

    @peter johnson So many ppl hate blacks and wish to live without them calling blacks some nuisance but don’t know how to drive a stick shift.. If it wasn’t for those same black ppl you hate inventing automatic gear shift you wouldn’t be driving and if it wasn’t for those hated blacks inventing the tech that’s used in cell phones today than you wouldn’t have the luxury of cell phones. There wouldn’t be home security systems . hell a black man was Thomas Edison’s whole inspiration and that’s the same black man who patend the carbon filament letting us use lights out way we do today. Alexander graham bell actually had that same black man come up with the idea of the first telephone being the reason for the first phone. Plenty ppl wouldn’t be able to add to their life span if a black man didn’t invent pacemaker or the blood bank. A black man was first to do open heart surgery so another thanks to a black man. Shit they proved that way before math like calculus and stuff had it’s name and all back in Africa they were already using advanced math skill on such high levels. Blacks done plenty more yet all this shit is buried and deleted out of history. Hmm I mean shit a black man create a vast amount of computer tech and programs we use today in society ( over 50 things dealing with all that complicated created by one black man alone ). if anyone truly hate us go live without using anything we’ve brought to the world. Stop combing amd brushing your had or using a clothes dryer. Matter fact stop wearing shoes because if a black man didnt invent the shoemaker definitely over half of this world wouldn’t be able to actually afford shoes. try living in today’s world without using a single thing blacks are responsible I guarantee you’ll realize how important blacks are to this world. you talk big and hate blacks yet you utilize what blacks invented or brought to light. since you so hateful on blacks why are you using so much that’s black made. lmao such fool you are.

  2. FallMornings on said:

    Then why don;t some of you run for public office to make changes withing the Black community? Chris, why waste your time trying to blog with those who wish not to. Many have shown they cannot hold an intelligent conversation without profanity. Why bother.

  3. Victoria Fergus on said:

    This ignorant bufoon should not have been allowed to soil the African American museum with his presence. I was so sad to know that he was allowed to visit and some black people think it was a good thing. This idiot should have no association with this fabulous and most sacred place. Stupidity and Ignorance should be shared and kept with his own kind.

  4. Just like he didn’t want to allow African Americans to live in his buildings, they shouldn’t have allowed him in our building. Simply put, no room for a$$holes !!

  5. Not moved at all. The devil is a lie. Who are these fake people that always say what did president Obama do for blacks really if he had done
    Things for blacks only he would have been impeached or killed like the crazy white people would have let that happen. He was a president for all unlike this dark cloud of a so called president . Can’t even use the word to address him.

    • so according to you Obama was nothing more than the white mans lackey and like a hand puppet ruled by the white mans hand up his ass

      • That sounds like trump, he’s Putins puppet, With putins hand up his ass. He sad the museum was about love. How dumb can a person u be? He’s right there inside the museum and says it’s about love. What a Dumb ass

  6. Arthur Childress on said:

    Trump brings two of the worlds nastiest, most virulent racist, anti-Semitic demons into the white house, then takes a stroll through the African American History Museum and we’re supposed to go “Lawdy, Lawdy, he done changed”! He has shown us who he is…believe him!

    • specialt757 on said:

      Amen! I believed him, especially when he said if he ever ran for president it would be as a republican because they’re so gullible not to mention stupid. Just look at the two obvious republicans in this comment section. Their stupidity can hardly be contained.

      • And you would be one to recognize stupidity How?? Cause I’m still waiting on you to tell me where the Obama rich’s and prosperity rained down on AA’s, Speaking of gullible 4 years from now the Dem’s will be back in the hood preaching how they can turn your ghetto crime infested uneducated existence into a garden of eden JUST VOTE FOR US.

  7. After 8 years of Hopeless and No Change blacks are worse off than under Bush
    We’re dying allot faster we’ve dropped to 2nd in the in the majority minority we’re just
    As dependent on government as ever BTW I wonder how many times Hillary has been to that Museum but that’s OK we will continue to be slaves to the Massa of the Democratic Party they’ll keep us uneducated and dependent on them, but about 12% of blacks voted for Trump so evidence shows that more and more of us are wising up to the Democrat Slave Massa

    • Why are you using the word “WE” or ” US”.? There is nothing abt your comments that says your blk. Take your fake ass somewhere, and get to steppin.

      • And what about your comments show your open minded free thinking intelligent
        And not just a racist pissed off angry black woman

  8. specialt757 on said:

    What do I think? Hell how in the hell did he get time-passes so damn fast? I’ve been waiting months to get them lol.

    Okay on a serious note, SHOW ME THE POLICIES! Talk is cheap. And you’re right Diane, this is the first time Trump has been within 200 feet of any black museum in any town, city, or state USA. He couldn’t be any more further removed from black reality in this country. His rich dummy cabinet appointees lets you know just how much he cares about blacks, browns, muslins, and jews. They are a bunch of racists bigots. Hopefully, this little tour gave him just a hint of a clue, but I doubt it, he’ll be back at Mar-la go his resort this weekend on taxpayer dollars. He’s a selfish prick. If you are among the 8% AAs that voted for him YOU ARE A FOOL, he cares nothing about you.

  9. No it did not change his mind or the ways he feels toward those who are not white. Racism is deeply imbedded in him and those in his administration. Racism is seen in Steve Miller, Pence and Bannon’s Face. Pure Evil comes from those people.

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      I really believe that both Steven Bannon and Steven Miller are straight outa Hell. People should research these two. No president has ever brought this level of evil into American government. These two are actually making policy decisions in Trumps administration!

      • That is scary and sickening… You have to be a really sick person to resemble Evil. That’s bad for the country.

  10. First do he think visiting a Black Museum we should like him Hell no and then once he visit he came out talking about the Jew orange man is fooling no one but them Coons like Ben Carson and that ugly ass wife of his smiling like a fool and fool Omorsa. Down with the Klan member trump do and say to try and make himself look good but he is not fooling no one but himself.

  11. “The problem with Trump is that he makes a declarative statement……” Cottman, where you when your false idol Obama promised immigration reform as a priority, when he promised to lower college costs, when he promised medical cost would go down, when he promised we could keep our doctors? Where were you when he gave Palestinians $221 million on his last day? Where were you when he granted $1.1 BILLION for the Red Line in Chicago during the last week? Why hadn’t you asked about Obama ignoring 4,379 shootings in Chicago? Cottman, stop bamboozling Black America.
    What do you think?

    • Sean hannity, get off this website. You’re not fooling me. U have been saying the same shit since Obama was elected. Obama is gone. Your white savior is going to be an utter failure. He’s probably never been anywhere near a blk museum, inside or out. We will find out just how much he really care about the plight of the blk community. I won’t be holding my breath.

      • First of all Diane, the only savior I have is Jesus Christ. I pray daily for ignorant people like you and Linda. You have been totally been hoodwinked by the democrats and their house negro Cottman. Why didn’t you question the $221 million sent to the Palestinians or the $1.1 Billion for a subway line in his hometown? Don’t you think that money could have been better spent on……………….Flint’s water system? Diane, I pray that one day you will open your eyes and leave the plantation.

    • Hahahaha. I’m suppose to believe you’re saved. Tell it to someone who give a f..k. The racsit in Cheif is going to be an utter failure. You got that!!! Your peeps don’t even want to increase the minimum wage. But we’re going to make ameticakkkk great again. Gtfooh!!

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