Did Trump win black America over Hillary’s debate pandering?

Trump support from black voters has increased because what blacks want to know is if the child that they gave birth to would have a fair shake at staying alive, getting a quality education and break free from the chains of systemic poverty.

Trump pointed to the reality of black America is 2016 not in urban America from decades earlier before businesses folded, factories left and black on black crime became rampant

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2016 — During Monday’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said the biggest problem facing black America is whether or not the “birther” issue offended President Obama and black America’s sensibilities.

Offering a bit more clarity, Donald Trump described an urban America where the safety of children, teens and black families need to be protected; an urban America where jobs must be created to end generations of poverty, mayhem and abandonment.

Debate moderator and NBC anchor Lester Holt may have been as tone deaf as Clinton, but we, the black families of America were not.

Time for black America to rip off their voter plantation chains

Trump emphasized the plight of black America and the need to restore schools, education and opportunity. Hillary scoffed. When talking about the plight of black America Clinton simply offered,

You know, the vibrancy of the black church, the black businesses that employ so many people, the opportunities that so many families are working to provide for their kids. There’s a lot that we should be proud of and we should be supporting and lifting up. It’s really unfortunate that he paints such a dire negative picture of black communities in our country.

In the former secretary of state’s reality of blacks in urban America, jobs flow freely and the opportunities for urban families are plentiful and only need a few adjustments.

Trump pointed to the reality of black America in 2016: Businesses have folded, factories have left and black on black crime has become rampant.

Trump stressed,

Look, the African-American community has been let down by our politicians. They talk good around election time, like right now, and after the election, they say, see ya later, I’ll see you in four years.

He added,

You look at the inner cities—and I just left Detroit, and I just left Philadelphia, and I just—you know, you’ve seen me, I’ve been all over the place. You decided to stay home, and that’s OK. But I will tell you, I’ve been all over. And I’ve met some of the greatest people I’ll ever meet within these communities. And they are very, very upset with what their politicians have told them and what their politicians have done.

The facts support Trump. Black unemployment has not improved in urban America.  Blacks on welfare and food stamps have increased and black businesses are not thriving in urban cities.

So the question Holt should have asked Clinton is: “What decade or century are you referring to, Madam Secretary when you speak of the vitality of the black communities on jobs, education and safety?


The misery index in black America is considerably higher than it is for most of America because the economic deprivation and hopelessness that black families are experiencing is ten times more daunting. When Holt quarterbacked against Trump for “birtherism” while sidestepping Clinton’s description of black teens as “super predators” or her 2008 presidential campaign’s creation of the narrative that Barack Obama may not have been American born, black America was watching. They know the fix is in.

Trump is not a politician. He did not come to the debate armed with hundreds of memorized briefing pages or focus-group tested debate points to score with the mainstream media. But in his sincerity about the black people he met with in Detroit, Philadelphia and other cities were he shared the anguish that many blacks feel daily, he presented a truth to black America.

When politicians lament the loss of innocent lives that remain nameless to Hillary Clinton, democrats and mainstream pundits, their false platitudes are a truth to black America.

You see, when it comes to black lives that matter, Clinton can only point to her meetings with so-called leaders of Black Lives Matter, or point to anecdotes passed on to her by alphabet soup pundits like NBC’s Lester Holt, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, or CNN (pick your anchor).

Black lives, privilege and poor, white trash

The millions of black families who were watching the debate have heard and experienced all of this before. As in the movie “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” they wondered as she did, “Is he the one?” when voting for the first black president.

After nearly eight years of a presidency that’s done nothing to decrease poverty among black families, prevent mounting educational failure, or stop black children from being shot on the street, on playgrounds or on the porch, black America is simply tired of being tired of the plight of black America. (IJR.com) 9 Facts Shatter Obama’s Claim that Black America Is Better Off Since He Took Office)

Examine Florida’s increasing black support for Trump, support that began to swell in August. The GOP nominee saw 20 percent of black voters supporting him based on a Florida Atlantic University poll. The same poll showed Clinton winning nearly 68 percent of the state’s black vote.

This poll if it holds through the general election is crucial because, according to WND, over the last quarter century GOP presidential candidates have only captured 13 percent of the black vote, which President George W. Bush accomplished in the 2004 election.

Sending Hillary’s campaign into panic mode was a recent national Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll of black voters that has black support for Trump up from 3.1 percent on Sept. 10 to 19.6 percent through September 16, according to the New York Post.

One can readily assume that Birtherism was not on the minds of these families, nor were they viewing the debate with scorecards in their hands to determine which candidate was getting the fairer shake from Holt.

They wanted to know if the child that they gave birth to would have a fair shake at staying alive, getting a quality education and break free from the chains of systemic poverty.

During the debate blacks were not waiting to see if a Hillary Clinton would come out with a zinger about how she did not visit black neighborhoods or cities because for more than 30 years she has been preparing to be president and simply could not and would not spare part of a day to listen to their concerns or hear about their personal dilemma.

The sands of the democrat voting enslavement hourglass has nearly run out and Trump’s consistent focus on the plight of black and Latino Americans several times during the debate did stick.

The harsh facts of hundreds of annual black on black murders in Chicago, do matter, even if Clinton is too busy to care or simply is like most mainstream media pundits tone deaf to their plea for help.

During the debate black America saw the smarminess and smirking of Hillary Clinton as well as her well-rehearsed pandering and platitudes targeted at black voters and their political handlers and it will not pass the smell test on November 8th.

As Rev. Martin King Jr. said in his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”

I will add another line to his memorable speech.  “Now is the time to end the dark midnight of voter enslavement and arrive at the dawn of Election Day free of the plantation with the guarantee to let God guide your vote not past promises or democrat party chains.”

On Election Day Black America must take the opportunity to free their mind and free their vote by selecting Trump and finally end this paralyzing long multi-generational urban nightmare.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.