You may have noticed Trump’s lack of caring for minorities through his racist rhetoric and quiet support for white supremacist terror groups in the US.
Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, Democrat from New Orleans and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, wrote a three-page letter Wednesday to Donald Trump declining his invitation to the CBC to meet with him, and outlining the many reasons the group as a whole is refusing, reported The Root.
In a letter dated June 21, Richmond opened by acknowledging the president’s recent request to meet with the CBC:
In written communication dating back to January 2017, we have shared the priorities of the Caucus as they relate to the Black community. We are serious about the work of advancing the interests of our people and the goals of the CBC. As a result, we took advantage of every opportunity to educate you on the needs of the Black community and provide you with the information and solutions necessary to act on them in good faith. Through an objective assessment, we have seen no evidence that your Administration acted on our calls for action, and we have in fact witnessed steps that will affirmatively hurt Black communities. While we agreed to explore possible future discussions when we first met, it has become abundantly clear that a conversation with the entire CBC would not be entirely productive, given the actions taken by your Administration since our first meeting. While you can solicit the engagement of individual members of our caucus, the CBC as a caucus declines your invitation to meet at this time.
Richmond also mentioned that in March, the CBC presented Trump with a 130-page policy document in order to educate him and his administration on the difficult history of black people in the United States, the history of the CBC and solutions that could help advance black families in the 21st century. The Trump administration has both failed to respond to the policies the CBC outlined and neglected to follow through on its pledge to facilitate meetings between the CBC and relevant Cabinet officials, Richmond said.
The Trump administration is not interested in addressing the needs of black people in the U.S. and never intended to follow through on any of the empty promises.
Richmond also mentioned the administration has acted in opposition to the policy initiatives the caucus has supported, proposing budget cuts to programs that serve low- and moderate-income people, including a $4 billion cut to Pell Grants, which help low-income students pay for college; and the complete elimination of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, “which helps seniors and other helpless populations heat their homes in the winter and cool them in the summer.”
Moreover, your administration has taken actions that cause legitimate alarm among members of this caucus and the millions of Americans we represent. In a two-page document, your Attorney General issued guidance to federal prosecutors to accelerate the failed war on drugs that will continue to wreck the Black community and exacerbate our nation’s scourge of mass incarceration. Attorney General Sessions has also explicitly stated his unwillingness to utilize consent decrees to protect the civil rights of Americans and has called for an agency-wide review of these agreements. These shortsighted decisions represent willful ignorance by relying on ideology instead of data and compassion. Every dollar we spend on incarceration renders our communities less safe.
The Trump administration is intentionally creating and implementing policies that specifically and disproportionately target the black community.
Richmond continued, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has caused a number of HBCUs to lose critical funding through the “TRiO” programs (a reference to a number of federal programs intended to help economically disadvantaged students), she has refused to protect children from being discriminated against, and she terminated an Obama administration program focused on improving school diversity and student achievement in the lowest-performing schools across the country.
Of course, these atrocities pale in comparison with the decimation of our nation’s health care system. Richmond noted that black people make up 13.3 percent of the U.S. population but 19 percent of Medicaid enrollees, and would therefore be dealt a painful blow by “mean[-spirited]” legislation proposed under the Trump administration, reported The Root.
Richmond went on to outline eight times the CBC has sent written letters to Trump himself and members of his administration, letters that have thus far gone unanswered, because clearly neither the president nor anyone who works for him truly cares about black people.
Richmond concluded the letter:
“Given the lack of response to any of the main concerns we have raised with you and your Administration, we decline your invitation for all 49 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to meet with you. The CBC, and the millions of people we represent, have a lot to lose under your Administration. I fail to see how a social gathering would benefit the policies we advocate for. The CBC will always be willing to engage in discussion and debate about policies and programs that will make America a more perfect union for all.”
Richmond is not interested in a photo op for the president so he can pretend he cares about black people or any other minority.
The black community is tired of Trump’s lies. The false promises he makes only show how much of a hypocrite and con man he is. He clearly does not care about the black community, so he should at least be a man about it and admit it rather than continuing his deceptions.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)