Will race relations improve or worsen under President Donald Trump? The discussion got heated as hosts Clay Aiken and Carrie Sheffield were joined by Stanley Fritz from Black Enterprise and Businessman John Burnett discussed Black America and Trump. Add your thoughts on this subject in the comments — we want to hear from you!
Carrie said she believes Donald Trump offers a historic opportunity, because he’s really shaking up the system in some ways bad, but also with the potential for good.
“I think some things are color blind, and I think the country should be based on unity and ideas, not skin color,” Carrie said.
In terms of racial issues, John says black people have been fighting since they got here and will continue to fight. His philosophy is to address black issues through financial stability within the communities.
John used civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X as examples. “They were set and poised to bring about a financial empowerment,” John said.
Stanley stated both Democrats and Republicans have failed the black community, because they ignore the historical process and impact racism played in undermining black communities.
“You can’t address economics or anything else until we finally address the fact that racism is a huge black cloud over African Americans,” Stanley said.
The two did find common ground when it comes to marijuana legalization. Stanley suggested they legalize marijuana in the United States and erase charges for people who were criminalized.
John answered, “When it is legalized, what we need to do is give those that were criminalized for it, an opportunity and license to sell it.” The show ended on this note, with Stanley and John shaking hands in agreement.
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