A new poll revealed more than half of Donald Trump’s supporters have a negative view of African-Americans. The poll showed that his supporters associate the words “violent,” “criminal,” “unintelligent,” and “lazy” with Blacks. The nearly 16,000 people who were polled were asked questions surrounding sentiments about race. Although Republicans expressed their discontent with African-Americans more blatantly, the poll showed that individuals in both the Republican and Democratic parties have negative opinions of Blacks compared to Whites. It also showed they are fearful of living in diverse communities and believe that affirmative action policies are discriminatory against Whites. Despite the poll data, Trump’s team claims he is all for equality. “Mr. Trump is an egalitarian who believes in supporting and protecting all people equally,” said Trump’s senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller. “This is a stark contrast to Hillary Clinton, whose policies have been a disaster for African-American and Hispanic citizens.” Clinton’s camp has not responded to the poll. Read more.
Activist DeRay Mckesson Appointed To Chief Human Capital Officer Of Baltimore School District
Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson is stepping back into education. Mckesson, a former Baltimore mayoral candidate, was appointed to interim chief human capital officer of Baltimore’s school district on Tuesday by public schools CEO Sonja Santelises. “He has the depth of knowledge of the system, and he has proved that he can lift the work in a short amount of time,” said Santelises in a statement. “And he has proven his dedication to the children of Baltimore.” He will oversee 56 employees and manage a $4 million budget. It’s a full-circle moment for Mckesson, who grew up in Baltimore. He is excited about taking on this new role. “At its core, this role is about finding great people, matching them to the right role, and helping them to develop and experience careers in the service of our kids,” he said. “I am excited to return to city schools … and to continue doing the work to ensure that every child in Baltimore City receives a world-class education.” Read more.
Poll Shows That Racial Disparities in Politics Persist
Although African-Americans have made strides in politics, there still remains a major racial disparity. A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that the Senate is lacking African-American representation. Some Blacks believe that a stronger African-American political presence would help better race relations in our country. Nearly four-in-ten African-Americans believe that having more Black elected officials would help with equality; 24 percent of Whites agree. Although the progress has been slow, African-Americans have come a long way in the realm of politics. In 1965, there weren’t any Blacks in the U.S. Senate. In 2015, 44 House members were Black. Read more.
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