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Rep Richmond: The Black Community Has Lost Under ‘Willfully Uniformed’ Trump

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A Louisiana Democratic representative argued that the black community has lost a lot under President Donald Trump, pointing to Trump’s statement after the Charlottesville riots in a Monday op-ed.

Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond answered a question Trump posed to the black community during the 2016 election in a Washington Post op-ed. Richmond argued that Trump’s actions and lack of response to proposals from the Congressional Black Caucus have cost the black community.

“I, for one, believe him. He has also definitively answered the question he posed to the black community at a campaign rally in Ohio, a year ago tomorrow: ‘What do you have to lose?’ The black community has a lot to lose under this administration, and we have lost a lot, already,” Richmond wrote.

Richmond argued that not only is Trump “willfully uniformed” of the racism and discrimination that has hurt the black community and other minorities, but his comments on police brutality and policing have also offended and harmed the black community.

“His remark that ‘You can go to war zones in countries that we are fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities’ is offensive to the black community. His encouragement of police brutality, as recently as last month, makes the black community less safe. His Justice Department’s push to revive the failed war on drugs disproportionately hurts the black community, as does its recent hint that it plans to attack affirmative action,” Richmond wrote. “The administration’s policies are blatantly hostile to the interests of communities of color.”

Richmond praised the Black Lives Matter movement for its efforts to fight police brutality and helping to make America a greater country.

“As I write this, Black Lives Matter is helping to make this country great by standing up and speaking out against police brutality and inequality. The CBC stands with them because we are committed, like them, to making this country a more perfect union,” Richmond wrote.

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