Has racism ever helped black people
US President celebrates with a bizarre statement : "Nobody has ever done so much for African Americans as Trump"
In the face of ongoing protests against racism and police violence, US President Donald Trump has taken new unemployment figures as an opportunity to celebrate the work of his administration. Surprisingly, the unemployment rate in the US fell slightly to 13.3 percent in May despite the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, the rate was 14.7 percent, as the US government announced on Friday. The number of employees outside of agriculture has risen by 2.5 million, it said.
African Americans are particularly hard hit by the aftermath of the pandemic
The numbers are "unbelievable" and beyond imagination, said Trump. Most analysts had expected unemployment to rise to around 20 percent.
However, the unemployment rate is still dramatically higher than before the escalation of the pandemic: In February it was 3.5 percent, the lowest level in decades.
Since March, more than 42 million people in the US had lost their jobs at least temporarily - more than ever before in such a short period of time. African Americans and other minorities are particularly hard hit.
Trump relies on confrontation
The US President, who is currently under criticism for his handling of the protests after the death of African American George Floyd, said at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House: "Nobody has ever done so much for African Americans as Trump."
Trump went on to say, "Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying that this is a great thing that is happening in our country. That it is a great day for him, that it is a great day for everyone. ”The emerging economic recovery is an“ enormous contribution to equality ”in the country.
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However, the statistics show that not all Americans benefit equally: The unemployment rate for blacks rose slightly in May from 16.7 to 16.8 percent - for whites it fell from 14.2 to 12.4 percent. This inequality contributes to the protests that continued on Friday.
It wasn't the first time this year that Trump praised himself for his commitment to African Americans. The Washington Post counted five such statements in the first few months of 2020. The newspaper quotes historians who vehemently contradict Trump.
Lyndon B. Johnson, who introduced the Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Suffrage Act of 1965 - which was supposed to guarantee equal participation of minorities in elections - was undoubtedly the president who most sustainably strengthened the rights of African Americans, writes the "Post" . Barack Obama also did a lot for disadvantaged minorities with his health care reform. Other presidents named by historians: Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Truman.
Unemployment fell under Obama
David Greenberg, an expert on US history, and especially White House politics, says, "I don't think Trump, or anyone at all, thinks the statement is true."
The newspaper's devastating conclusion: Trump has announced a lot to help African Americans. However, the help did not arrive. His claims are "just ridiculous". So a lot of hot air that the US President prides himself on. Even the falling unemployment figures sought by Trump are a legacy of Obama. The trend was already evident during his tenure.
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Democratic presidential-designate Joe Biden reprimanded Trump's mention of Floyd in connection with the unemployment rate. "Georges Floyd's last words, 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe' echo all over the country." That the president put any other words in his mouth was "hideous," said the former vice president.
That he also did this at a moment when black unemployment was rising and, above all, young African-American unemployment was skyrocketing, tells people everything they need to know about this president. Biden wants to replace Trump in the election in early November.
Criticism of Trump, who relies on confrontation and threatened the demonstrators with the use of soldiers, has come in recent days even from high-ranking military. On Thursday evening, the civil rights organization ACLU filed a lawsuit against his government in a federal court in Washington for the crackdown by the security forces against participants in a demonstration in front of the White House.
Demonstrations in more than 200 cities
In more than 200 US cities, hundreds of thousands are demonstrating for an end to police violence, racism and persistent inequality. At a moving funeral for Floyd in Minneapolis, who died there after a brutal police operation, civil rights activist Al Sharpton announced a new “March on Washington” on August 28 to protest discrimination - based on a legendary rally by Martin Luther King 1963.
Meanwhile, new cases of police violence are fueling anger in the country. Two Buffalo, New York state police officers were suspended Thursday night after a video surfaced showing them pushing a 75-year-old protester. The man fell on the back of his head and was hospitalized. Floyd's case was also made known through a cell phone video of a passerby.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has meanwhile called on Trump to withdraw the military and other security forces of his administration from the streets of the capital. You have lifted the state of emergency because of the protests, as they were now peaceful. She is concerned that federal security forces pose a risk on the streets of the capital because they could ignite protests.
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