Will Local Leadership Subvert Trump’s Black Agenda?

On Sept. 25, President Donald Trump unveiled his Platinum Plan for Black America. The plan is a comprehensive strategy designed to make it easier for those in the black community to access capital, start small businesses that would create more jobs, and revitalize their cities. While many have lauded the plan, there are concerns about how it would be implemented. This demonstrates the importance of focusing on local politics rather than fixating only on the national government.

President Trump Unveils Black Agenda

Trump announced his Platinum Plan in front of an audience in Atlanta, GA. In his speech, he talked about how Democratic politicians such as former Vice President Joe Biden have taken the black community for granted, refusing to effect positive change in exchange for 90% of African American votes. Trump said:

“For decades, Democrat politicians like Joe Biden have taken Black voters for granted. They made you big promises before every election—and then the moment they got to Washington, they abandoned you and sold you out.”

The president also highlighted significant points in his blueprint for black America. The four pillars of the plan include opportunity, security, prosperity, and fairness. Under the Trump administration’s agenda, black Americans would see their access to capital increase by nearly $500 billion. Black entrepreneurship would experience a drastic increase with the creation of 500,000 new black-owned businesses.

Trump’s plan addressed school choice and the closing of learning institutions that are failing. It advocated for increased research into the causes of health disparities between black Americans and the rest of the nation. Under the plan, the administration would prosecute the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations.  All worthy goals if Trump manages to get re-elected.

The points outlined in the document would make it easier for the black community to catch up to whites. But there is an issue with the plan, and it has to do with the local governance of the cities it intends to help.


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