Just over a month from the 2020 election, President Donald Trump announces a $500 billion platinum plan for African Americans.
Released this week, President Trump’s plan for African Americans aims at winning over the highest voting minority in the country. Kimberly Klacik, a Republican congressional nominee posted, “I love the #PlatinumPlan. Investing $500B into black communities is a Republican thang!”
However, some didn’t share Klacik’s sentiments. Fresh off the heels of the non-indictment of Louisville police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting and President Trump’s tax evasion, this plan is too little, too late for many potential Black voters. Roland Martin, the host of a daily digital show referred to the plan as more like an aluminum foil agenda. Martin tweeted,
“it’s a hodgepodge of stuff that isn’t coherent; it is filled with airy statements that mean nothing; and wasn’t even proof read.”
Additionally, the President’s early exit from a press conference, without responding to a question about the Breonna Taylor case, communicates a message contrary to the implementation of police reform. Even more, during the 2020 Presidential debate when asked about whether or not he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups the President stated, “Proud Boys stand back and stand by.” None of the aforementioned works in concert with the goals listed in the platinum plan.
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Antonio Moore of Tone Talks, co-founder of #ADOS which stands for American Descendants of Slaves, a reparations movement focused on closing the racial wealth gap, described Trump’s plan as a “con” and also “aluminum foil.” Tweeted Moore. “The proposal outlined by @realDonaldTrump is basically charter schools and opportunity zones with misstated economic impact by the President. This doesn’t increase Black wealth by $500 billion dollars. ”
According to its description, the Platinum Plan ensures that actions will be taken to address socio-economic issues plaguing African-American communities. Issues such as access to jobs, capital for Black-owned businesses, access to quality education, and other disparities will be addressed in Trump’s second term. Further, the platinum plan will pursue making Juneteenth a national holiday, while also prosecuting the KKK and ANTIFA groups by classifying them as terrorist organizations.
Included, the plan says it will make lynching a federal crime, invest almost $20 billion toward broadband and internet access to create job opportunities and improve classroom connectivity. To assist businesses, the plan proposes to increase the number of Black-owned contracting businesses, financial service entities, and private equity investment funds through regulatory reform.
Conversely, the proposal given by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, aims to close racial wealth and income gaps, expand access to high-quality education and tackle racial inequality in the education system. Additional, the Biden-Harris agenda, called Lift Every Voice, says it will provide investments geared towards ending health disparities, protect African American’s right to vote while also addressing environmental justice and America’s justice system. In either event, both candidates’ plans it is unclear how these plans will be carried out. In the coming debates, their explanations on executing gross inequities of Black Americans must be addressed.
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