President Trump repeats a phrase with a strong message that digs up painful memories from a racially charged era over a half century ago…
The statement made by Donald Trump on his twitter feed Thursday night in response to the rioting occurring in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death was just further evidence of racist views held by the president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press.
The phrase dates back to the civil rights era and is known to have been invoked by a white police chief in Miami, cracking down on protests and a segregationist politician
In 1967, local police Chief Walter Headley used the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” during hearings about crime in Miami, invoking angry reactions from civil rights leaders, according to a news reports at the time.
“He had a long history of bigotry against the black community,” said professor Clarence Lusane of Howard University.
Headley was head of the police force for 20 years and referred to his “get tough” policy on crime during a 1967 news conference as a war on “young hoodlums, from 15 to 21, who have taken advantage of the civil rights campaign. … We don’t mind being accused of police brutality.”
Poll: Most Americans say Trump is racist
More than half of Americans, including large majorities of blacks and Hispanics, think President Donald Trump is a racist. More than half think his policies have made things worse for Hispanics and Muslims, and nearly half say they’ve made things worse for African Americans.
According to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 57 percent of Americans think Trump’s policies have been bad for Muslims, and 56 percent think they’ve been bad for Hispanics. Forty-seven percent, including three-quarters of blacks, think they’ve been bad for African Americans.
Fifty-seven percent of all adults, including more than 8 in 10 blacks, three-quarters of Hispanics and nearly half of whites, said they think Trump is racist. Eighty-five percent of Democrats consider Trump racist, but just 21 percent of Republicans agree.
The results show a stark divide on racial issues gripping the country during the presidency of Trump, who has made divisive comments after a white nationalist rally, called African nations “shitholes,” and promised to build a wall along the Mexican border to prevent immigrants from entering the country illegally.
The poll shows deep pessimism among black people about the state of politics and the country. It finds that more than 9 in 10 of blacks disapprove of how Trump is handling his job as president, 9 in 10 think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and three-quarters think that direction has worsened in the last year.
Ralph Loud, 68, a black resident in Houston, Texas, said he didn’t see the conditions of African-Americans changing as long as Trump remained in office. “He makes my blood boil because of the things he does and the things he says,” said Loud. “We ain’t going to get better as a country. We need new leadership.”
Memories of Charlottesville
The entire scene has also revived painful reminders of how alive and well racism continues to be today as evidenced in the march and demonstrations in Charlottesville back in 2017, documented by Vice News for HBO and when President Trump refused to single out the white supremacists, commenting there were “good people on both sides…”.