BY WALTER OPINDE
During his remarkable visit to the African-American History Museum on 21st February 2017, President Donald Trump promised to combat the influences of racism that has existed for centuries during the slavery period. Despite the significant efforts and progresses that many U.S. Presidents have made towards eradicating racism within the U.S. society, racism continues to tear the U.S. apart.
In his speech given at the museum during the visit, President Trump pledged to unite what he referred to as a “divided country.” This was his first visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The president pledged to do everything possible and within his capacity bestow freedom to all African-Americans, as well as every American. Trump referred his tour as a meaningful reminder of why the Americans have to fight intolerance, hatred, and bigotry.
Trump’s historic visit to the Museum came as a surprise to many Americans, hence it hit the headline on every news media since the President had shown his great concern and willingness to unite the American. It further, to some extent, proved his respect and honor to the Americans with African origin. This was evident when he praised Dr. Ben Carson for his excellent and commendable endeavors as an African-American.
President Trump visit to the Museum, which opened in September 2016, coincided with the Black History Month. As such, he first remarked the event at the beginning as the month during a listening session at the White House, an event that the White House described as a meeting with the “African-American Leaders.” Trump was the second member of the first family to visit the then five-months-old museum, just in a week after the First Lady Melania visited the Museum.
Trump’s outreach to the Black American populace began when was seeking for the African-American voters during his presidential campaigns when he was given a firm support by the prominent African-American neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed him upon his drop out of the presidential race during the primaries. Nevertheless, President Trump’s outreach to the blacks has always come with fierce criticisms from the African-Americans who fail to buy his ideas or agenda.
Since the beginning of his presidential campaigns to the elections, and currently as the President of the U.S., Donald Trump has unceasingly shown his efforts to reach and re-unite the African-Americans who fiercely oppose his presidency. As such, he has been delivering messages of outreach to the black Americans even before the overwhelming white audiences at different tours.
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Jeremy Diamond (February 21st, 2017). Trump pledges to unite the “divided country” after African-American History Museum Visit.