Sunday, October 24, 2021

Donald Trump NOT Speaking at Black Church in Detroit As He Claimed

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on August 30, 2016 in Everett, Washington.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on August 30, 2016 in Everett, Washington.

*Donald Trump said Monday he would be delivering his first speech before members of a black church in Detroit, but it looks like that’s not happening quite as advertised.

Trump’s hype man, Pastor Mark Burns, had said in a statement that the GOP presidential nominee would attend Great Faith Ministries to address churchgoers to “outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country” and answer questions “that are relevant to the African-American community.”

But according to the Detroit Free Press, Trump’s “appearance” will consist of a one-on-one interview with the church’s pastor Bishop Wayne T. Jackson on the church’s Impact Network, which won’t air to the public until at least one week after it’s taped.

“He’ll be here Saturday. He’s going to sit in service and have the experience in the black church, and then he and I will be in this office and do an interview for the Impact Network that will be aired later on,” Jackson told the paper. “Just like any visitor, there will be fellowship at the service, and he can talk to people one-on-one.”

Jackson, who told the Detroit Free Press that he has always voted for Democrats, said he plans to ask Trump if he’s a Christian, and if he’s racist.

“He needs to come to African-American communities,” he told the paper. “You can’t talk to African Americans in white venues.”

However, Jackson still believes Trump’s visit, which may include a private meeting with a small group of church-goers, will be beneficial in some way.

“My congregation trusts my judgment,” he said. “They know that I’m not going to put anything or anyone in front of them that I feel is going to be harmful, and I feel we should have an educated conversation about what you’re going to do.”

Watch the Detroit Free Press’ interview with Bishop Jackson below:



  1. Donald Trump’s Outreach to the Black Community


    The black community and our “blind faith” and loyal support for the Democratic Party . . .

    There are daily reminders of decades long history of (in your face) betrayal from the Democratic Party. Gun violence epidemic, failing schools, unemployment, poverty, and the like . . .

    The democrats blame the Republican Party because it gives more than 100 percent of its effort to address “those things important to its political base.”

    Blacks don’t support the Republican Party so there has been no point for the Republican Party’s politics to represent the black community’s needs.

    In addition, as is its the Republican Party’s right, it has used any available political tool to counter the “block of votes” the black community guaranteed the Democratic Party each election.


    Donald Trump has taken steps to address the needs of the black community.

    The Democratic Party and the black political leaders who control the black community “block of votes” are upset. They realize Mr. Trump is a threat to the monopoly they have operated for decades at the expense of the lives of black boys and girls who are victims of our current precarious situation.

    But the problem for the black community is (have always been) the democrats’ extremely “race-neutral” policies that are “less threatening” to the establishment but fails to ameliorate our long-standing economic, social and political inequities.

    Those in the black community unwilling to interact with Donald Trump are making a “huge” mistake.

    The only thing important this election is the “black vote.”

    The black community has “never before” had this opportunity — to put someone in the “White House” that has “an angry man’s attitude” about our situation and (unlike President Barack Obama) is willing to enact “race specific” policy to address the black community’s needs.

    The black community is Mr. Trump’s only logical road to the White House.


    Mr. Trump made it clear to the black community that he needs our help.

    He has apologized for the Republican Party’s past mistake of accepting the democrats’ decades of influence over the black community.


    Donald Trump’s campaign represents “racial unity” for America.

    Those supporting Mr. Trump have the common bond of “poverty.”

    Like President Johnson, Mr. Trump needs to use “poverty” to overcome a preceding president’s popularity.

    Mr. Trump has as his political base “poor whites.” His effort now is focused on “winning” the support of “poor blacks.”


    Mr. Trump has “ONE JOB” at this point if he wants to be president . . .

    Mr. Trump must make the black community understand that a “VOTE” for Trump is a realistic opportunity for racial equality, school choice, jobs, and the end of gun violence.

    Mr. Trump’s political base of poor whites and the black community must now understand the importance of “moving past” those things that have separated black and white communities.


    President Lyndon B. Johnson with “race-specific” policies did more for black America than the popular president John F. Kennedy.

    President Johnson’s race-specific policies worked to change the Democratic Party to the multi-racial/multi-ethnic political coalition we “blindly” support today.

    Help Donald Trump change the Republican Party.


    Democrats with federal, state and local policy have narrowed the focus of economic development in black neighborhoods to business incentives, undermining any prospect of raising the standard of living for black families. Municipal budgets of inner-cities across the nation are tight and with new demands on revenue, diverting tax revenue to business incentives reduces investment in education, job training and other essential public services.

    “Up-front” workforce development subsidies must be replaced with annual subsidies contingent upon goal attainment. Current democratic policy has encouraged the “take the money and run” behavior that has victimized black neighborhoods for decades. Commitment to black neighborhoods require replacing the current programs with “forgivable” loan means that each year the loan payment is due it is converted to a “grant” to the extent that project goals are met that year. Tax abatement and credits should be structured the same way.

    Mr. Trump’s plan should have businesses rewarded for staying in black communities, not just showing up.

    Such a proposal will be more effective because it puts the burden on workforce development projects to prove goals have been attained. These projects should now be subjected to the same annual budget scrutiny as any other program that competes for the public dollar.

    The TRUMP PLAN needs strong mechanisms to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest. No longer should there be “overbidding” for high profile companies.

    Program effectiveness under any proposal should be measured by how much the standard of living for black families improved (job quality).

    Finally, there should be a “sunset.” Any project that is “very expensive for very little documented gain” should be allow to expire.


    Donald Trump must make it abundantly clear, as the “centerpiece” of his domestic agenda that he wants not just legal equity for blacks; not just equality as a right and theory; but equality as a fact and equality as a result.

    Mr. Trump must make a commitment to use the federal purse . . . Not in the traditional “colorblindness” approach to infrastructure rhetoric that has benefits every ethnic community but black neighborhoods. But, as leverage to correct unequal life chances that renders black life meaningless for black youth.

    The democratic “colorblindness” policies that control the majority of America’s troubled inner-cities have created a poverty trap for black boys and girls, passing from one generation to the next.

    The remedy requires overt policy measures from the White House designed specifically for black neighborhoods that will work to improve productivity characteristics and the attitudes of those who control the education and training, and hiring of black youth.

    Donald Trump’s “outreach to black America” is a direct challenge of the Democratic Party’s “colorblindness” approach to doing things, which denies the realities of structural and systemic inequality and renders the needs of the black community invisible.

    Mr. Trump must demonstrate to us that he believes the Democratic Party’s “colorblindness” approach has routinely privileged every ethnic community in America and regardless of intent has disadvantaged black neighborhoods.

    The “first step” was to illuminate the needs of black America.

    Now Mr. Trump must build a bridge between the ethnic differences of America. Mr. Trump must build a new stronger nation based on inclusion, equity, justice and respect for diversity.

    Mr. Trump has to announce proactive solutions to address job creation, revitalization of K-12 education, making college more affordable, and the like. Mr. Trump’s proposal must strengthen family bonds, economic mobility, and full engagement as a weapon against the epidemic of black homicide, gun violence, and poverty.

    Mr. Trump has to announce to the voting electorate that he wants to “build alliances to expand opportunities for unemployed blacks to enter the workforce and make an investment in their community.”

    Mr. Trump must identify a plan that will enact tax cuts for small businesses, offer incentives to hire inner-city residents, and put resources in place to support starting and sustaining “Main Street” business development in black neighborhoods.

    Mr. Trump must say that he “wants every black boy and girl who wants to work to be provided with a quality education that will enable them to work.” His proposal must be a commitment to remove blight, rebuild neighborhoods, and to ensure black families an equitable chance of home ownership.

    But, no matter what Mr. Trump says or how the Democrats interpret it . . . asserting “everything is good in black America” is dishonest.


    Todd Elliott Koger


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