Today the US marks the King holiday amid fears of deep racial divisions. What would the great crusader for civil rights Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr think today?
Nicholas Thomas and more than 100 volunteers will board up vacant houses, install school safety signs and make other improvements in his Detroit neighborhood to celebrate the King Holiday.
The black 19yr olds take, “Dr. King wanted unity. We have Trump separating immigrants…the wall.”
As the nation marks the holiday honoring Kings, some say the mood surrounding it is overshadowed by deteriorating race relations in an election season that has seen one candidate of color after another quit the 2020 presidential race.
Blacks don’t think have done enough to promote their agenda. Trump referred last year to a predominantly African American Congressman, now deceased, that his district in Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”. During a 2018 immigration conversation in the Oval Office, he disparaged Haiti and some African countries with course language.
Trump is trying to court black voters, knowing that he isn’t likely to win them over en masse but could chip into Democratic advantages if he wins more black support in critical swing states.