As president-elect Donald Trump has continued shuffling through prospective candidates for his administration and even announced a plan to address the challenges to contemporary Black America, there is a seemingly odd but typical occurrence happening.
This weekend, as he met with a stream of people whom he might be considering for various posts in his administration yet, there seems to be absence of African Americans.
Trump had a meeting that included Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson and discussions about business solutions to social issues on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Johnson told NBC that Blacks should “give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground.
That’s what’s best for African Americans,” Johnson added. But neither Johnson, who threw his support to Hillary Clinton during the election, nor Trump, talked about an apparent spot in the administration.
There was also a meeting with outgoing Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who joined his wife and former Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee.
In the midst of the meetings, conversations re-emerged about Trump’s plan for Black Americans.
This 10-point plan was released through the entertainment website MediaTakeOut.
Conversations with officials from the NAACP and the National Urban League yielded that neither of these organizations had any direct input into this plan. In fact, a review of the document by the NAACP left the organization feeling that there were too few details on how Trump will achieve his aims.
In a Nov. 4, editorial for The Root, former presidential candidate, Ben Carson, who declined to take a position in Trump’s administration because of his own “lack of government experience,” said the foundation of Trump’s new deal for Black America is education.
Without a good education, Carson wrote, it is very difficult to get a good job, support a family and have the sense of dignity that every American deserves.
Here are the 10 points laid out by the Trump administration:
Great Education Through School Choice. We will allow every disadvantaged child in America to attend the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. School choice is the great civil rights issue of our time, and Donald Trump will be the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice in all 50 states. We will also ensure funding for Historic Black Colleges and Universities, more affordable 2 and 4-year college, and support for trade and vocational education.
Safe Communities. We will make our communities safe again. Every poor African-American child must be able to walk down the street in peace. Safety is a civil right. We will invest in training and funding both local and federal law enforcement operations to remove the gang members, drug dealers, and criminal cartels from our neighborhoods. The reduction of crime is not merely a goal – but a necessity.
Equal Justice Under the Law. We will apply the law fairly, equally and without prejudice. There will be only one set of rules – not a two-tiered system of justice. Equal justice also means the same rules for Wall Street.
Tax Reforms to Create Jobs and Lift up People and Communities. We will lower the business tax from 35 percent to 15 percent and bring thousands of new companies to our shores. We will also have a massive middle class tax cut, tax-free childcare savings accounts, and childcare tax deductions and credits. We will also have tax holidays for inner-city investment, and new tax incentives to get foreign companies to relocate in blighted American neighborhoods. We will empower cities and states to seek a federal disaster designation for blighted communities in order to initiate the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, the demolition of abandoned properties, and the increased presence of law enforcement.
Financial Reforms to Expand Credit to Support New Job Creation. We will have financial reforms to make it easier for young African-Americans to get credit to pursue their dreams in business and create jobs in their communities. Dodd-Frank has been a disaster, making it harder for small businesses to get the credit they need. The policies of the Clintons brought us the financial recession – through lifting Glass-Steagall, pushing subprime lending, and blocking reforms to Fannie and Freddie. It’s time for a 21st century Glass Steagall and, as part of that, a priority on helping African-American businesses get the credit they need. We will also encourage small-business creation by allowing social welfare workers to convert poverty assistance into repayable but forgive-able micro-loans.
Trade That Works for American Workers. We will stop the massive, chronic trade deficits that have emptied out our jobs. We won’t let our jobs be stolen from us anymore. We will stop the offshoring of companies to low-wage countries and raise wages at home – meaning rent and bills become instantly more affordable. We will tell executives that if they move their factories to Mexico or other countries, we will put a 35% tax on their product before they ship it back into the United States.
Protection from Illegal Immigration. We will restore the civil rights of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans, by ending illegal immigration. No group has been more economically harmed by decades of illegal immigration than low-income African-American workers. Hillary’s pledge to enact “open borders,” – made in secret to a foreign bank – would destroy the African-American middle class. We will reform visa rules to give American workers preference for jobs, and we will suspend reckless refugee admissions from terror-prone regions that cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. We will use a portion of the money saved by enforcing our laws, and suspending refugees, to re-invested in our inner cities.
New Infrastructure Investment. We will leverage public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years, of which the inner cities will be a major beneficiary. We will cancel all wasteful climate change spending from Obama-Clinton, including all global warming payments to the United Nations. This will save $100 billion over eight years. We will use these to help rebuild the vital infrastructure, including water systems, in America’s inner cities.
Protect the African-American Church. We will protect religious liberty, promote strong families, and support the African-American church.
America First Foreign Policy. We will stop trying to build Democracies overseas, wasting trillions, but focus on defeating terrorists and putting America first..