Those criticizing President Trump for saying in his Inaugural address that "this American carnage," in our inner cities, "stops right here and stops right now" are shameless hypocrites and blind to the real world.
They showed their true hypocritical colors of not giving two hoots about urban slaughter and the plight of black people in these cities that have been forgotten and ignored by black and white politicians and most of the main stream liberal media.
Trump’s words were profound and to the best of my knowledge never uttered or referenced by former President Obama or most of the black and white liberal political, media, and civil rights establishments over the past eight years!
What did he say that irritated so many phony white liberal elites?
He referred to mothers and children "trapped in poverty in our inner cities . . . an education system . . . which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."
What most inflamed Democrats and liberals was his statement that, " . . . the crime and the gangs and the drugs . . . have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."
He added, "We are one nation — and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny."
These were magnificent and fantastic statements.
If these words had been spoken by a liberal Democrat, like Obama, there would have been universal praise and salutations from the media, including leftist pundits on MSNBC and CNN — and Democrats.
Remember Bill Clinton’s "I feel your pain?"
When is the last time we heard any Democratic politician, black or white, even acknowledge that such drug related carnage exists — even in many of their own cities?
Some will argue that these politicians, and even some journalists, a few blacks included, don’t really care — as long as the dead and wounded are not little white children.
In Chicago and other cities, victims are mostly black and are being killed or shot by gang members in drug wars — as Trump mentioned.
For example, Chicago had 762 homicides last year, averaging two murders per day and nearly 4,000 since 2009. According to Chicago police, 28 people been shot since the first day of January alone.
Such "carnage" exists in other inner cities.
Two weeks ago, in a powerful article in The Miami Herald entitled," We must not tolerate children killing children,” Miami Dade School Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, referred to the fact that 10 people had been shot during the first week of the year.
Those critical of Trump’s message should read the touching article which said in part, "There is not a parent or grandparent in our community who believes an 8-year-old girl, standing front of a home with her father, should have her future stolen because a bullet missed the shooter’s target. Jada Page’s young life ended that way.
"There is not a neighbor or police officer who thinks it is acceptable for a 12-year-old girl, sitting at her grandmother’s feet, getting her hair braided before the first day of school, to be shot in the head, as bullets rip through the home. Tequila Forshee will never have another first day of school. . . . "No one in our community can shrug off the fact that a 6-year-old boy with a bright smile, walking through his own apartment complex on his way to buy candy, was caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. King Carter’s young dreams will never be realized.
These are only a few of the heartbreaking tragedies that have so deeply affected Miami-Dade’s families and neighborhoods."
It should be noted that both writers are Hispanic— not black! The victims were black.
One would think that given such touching stories and examples of carnage, even liberal Democratic politicians would praise Trump’s acknowledgment of the problem — especially those in South Florida.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Congresswoman and former head of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz, referred to the speech as "doom and gloom" and took offense to Trump's reference to the "American carnage of gangs and drugs."
That’s probably because no one is getting killed by drug dealers in her 76 percent white district — which includes swanky Miami Beach and South Beach — compared to the real doom and gloom in the nearby Miami-Dade black neighborhoods described above.
On the issue of really caring about the plight of blacks and Hispanics trapped in neighborhoods of violence, how many times over the past eight years have we heard prominent Democrats and the main stream media call for a war on the inner-city mayhem of gangs, drugs and death?
Now that Trump has shown them up on the issue, their only response is that his speech was "dark" and filled with "gloom and doom."
The only things dark and gloomy are the not so subtle liberal racism of these mostly white critics who ignore the forgotten residents of inner cities; and, the shameful — some would call it cowardly — silence of black leaders who know Trump is right in wanting to end the carnage, but dare not offend their liberal Democratic establishment benefactors.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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