Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sharpton Invites The Donald To The Hood To Prove Poor People Have Role Models

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Your Black World reports:

Donald “Birther” Trump, appeared on the “Today Show” with Matt Lauer, and co-signed his capitalist-in-arms, Newt Gingrich, who recently stated that poor children have poor work habits and no role models.

“Maybe it wasn’t politically correct, but it happens to be the truth,” he told Lauer. “I think one of the reasons he’s surging, I mean he’s like a rocket ship, is the fact that he says it like it is.”

Making the media rounds to plug he and his hair’s scheduled moderation of the Dec. 27 GOP debate, the man who’s spent more time in bankruptcy than a Catholic sinner in confession, made one exception --- then just as quickly walked it back, saying that “President Obama is the inner city’s only role model,” but “Unfortunately, he hasn’t turned out to be much of [one].”

He never backed down from his statement, even when nudged by Lauer to admit that there had to be more than one role model in urban (read: Black and Latino) communities, and Trump said there was not one --- and “it’s sad.”

You already know who got upset, right?

Enter, Reverend Al Sharpton, who immediately took offense to Trump’s statements, saying in a statement:

“I have known Donald Trump for many years and will not let the negligent statement he made on the “Today” show go unchallenged,” said the MSNBC PoliticsNation host. “He needs to retract his comments immediately or we will organize direct action against him.”

Sharpton, who is also President of National Action Network, is joined by Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of National Action Network and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, in extending an invitation to The Donald to take a field trip to Harlem, or any other major city in the world, to show him hard-working people who exemplify what it means to be a role model everyday without accolades or recognition.

“I am appalled that a man in his position would make such an irresponsible and ignorant comment on a national forum and ignore the contrary fact that there is a plethora of black role models in this country,” said Rev. Richardson. “His insensitivity is what fosters negative imagery and the perpetuation of racism in this country.”

 

Weigh in YBNews Readers: Do you think Donald Trump will take the Reverends up on their offer?

14 comments:

David2001 said...

There is no need to waste the time or energy on Trump. He like most of these right wing idiots are racist. There are better things for us to do with our time than protest this white racist clown. Move on nothing to see here.

Anonymous said...

For the most part Trump is correct. I also hope that Trump does not consider himself a role model for any community.
Historically we have had neighborhood business men and woman in mom and pop operations. Now they are no longer in existence because the Black community did not support them. We have turned to people of the clothes, who at times do not have the entire Black community interest at heart.

From the mind of a Mad Mad Queen said...

I happen to agree with “The Don” there are not enough true role models in the urban community. I guess because the white man said it he’s I quote “A right wing racist idiot”. What does that make us when we sit and watch the news, read articles, and hear stories about our communities and we say these damn niggas we need someone to lead them in the right direction. Or why they dressed like that (pants on the ground) When that old man made the song people laughed him off. The Don see's the problem and points it out you mad. SMH at your stupidity for thinking we do have role models. Role models that are making a real difference should I say. I think the way he said it was wrong. What he should have said was there are not enough true positive role models in the urban communities. In the early 60's every where you turned there was a black man or black woman doing something worth while in the community, which made inspire to do something. I am not just speaking of the celebrities I am speaking of the store owners, the next door neighbor, the police officers, the teachers, etc... They were BLACK and making a difference. Now a days Muhammad Yusa is running the stores, the police are crooked, the teachers are old uncaring and/or sleeping with the kids, neighbors don't care and are afraid of the kids, and lets not go there withe celebrities. Where time needs to be wasted is in these communities were the programs are being cut in the schools and in the neighborhoods. Lets turn off the net and teach our children how Author Ash, Bishop TuTu is/was. Lets show them by doing something worth while like walking them to school and making them safe. Going to the classrooms and see what they are learning. Turn off the radio and stop allowing them the listen to "Baby Making" jams by these confused men and women. Get back to family time of Friday nights instead of everyone sitting in front of a tablet, tv or clubbing. Wake up people take the words out of the right wings mouths by doing something other than complaining about the white man and what is doing and saying.
Signed a A.A. Woman living in and watching our community crash and burn right before my face

Busless said...

Interesting notion. What can I saw but that Donald Trump is not part of the Black community I am part of. Hence, he is not in any conversation my community might held regarding our social arrangements.

There are thoughts about Blackness running about my community. What could come on stream the weekend of February 11, 2012, in either Los Angeles or Atlanta, would be a discussion of Black culture, including Black leadership. Guaranteed that Donald Trump will not be an invited attendee, nor will any of his White colleagues. We are looking toward a setting like Gary, IN, in 1972-The Black Political Convention. This time we will cover the spectrum.

Nat Turner Chronicles said...

First of all, any of you posters that are echoing support for Donald Trump's statements are the true gate keepers of white supremacy, and you really need to go kill your self. Donald Trump doesn't have the intellectual capacity to make a substantial judgement about what problems are facing the poor. Having money is not validation!!! This is the problem, our oppressors own everything including the media outlets. They popularize unsubstantiated, racist rhetoric (i.e. Trump's statements) and do so virtually unchallenged. Why, because poor people and champions of poor people don't have a voice. The masses draw exclusively from this toxic well of white supremacy and act out making ignorant ass statements in support of this Garbage that Trump is stating. You can't have a conversation about the inner city (black in particular) youth without discussing the impact of white supremacy, the unequal educational system, redlining, counterintellegience programs, job discrimination, and whole slew of factual issues. Not some opinion from two white supremacist dumbasses who happen to have money. And black people in agreement with these idiots ought to be ashamed. You definitely are a contributor to sustaining a permantly underclass because of your ignorance.

jasdye said...

That racist clown knew what he said! Stop covering for him.

He may be directly irrelevant to the African American community, but his words give credence to the violence mongers, and to the elites who decide where and how to allocate power.

David2001 said...

@From the mind of a Mad Mad Queen. Since you choose to quote me I guess I'll respond. I'm not naive enough to think that Trump or any white conservative gives a damn about black people. There is a need for role models in EVERY community not just BLACK COMMUNITY'S. Whether there's a ounce of truth in what he says or not men like Trump have ZERO credibility in pointing it out. Why is Trump not concern about a lack of role models in poor white community?? All this rhetoric is to play to racist whites and dumb Negroes like you.

Ms. Metafly said...

David2001! You are so right. We could care less about Donald Trump coming to our neighborhood. It's like inviting him into our homes because he and his cronies believe we don't keep a clean house. We have a ton of black role models. Because they aren't tv doesn't mean they don't exist. Poor white kids are loooking up to our local heroes cause there are no rich white folks coming to "any" hood. Get real. He's an ass and doesn't know anything about us. Stop listening to everything you hear, Queen. IF YOU DON'T SEE ANY ROLE MODELS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, YOU EITHER DON'T LIVE IN ONE OR YOU CHOOSE TO IGNORE THEM! Get your mouth out of the mix. Tooo many of those and not enough hands. Stop it.

Chattygirl said...

I totally agree with Don. I know as black people we do not accept nor like the comment coming from a Caucasoid man, but it's true. We all have our opinions in the matter. I believe that the role models for the urban American communities should be the parents. We now see so many single family households which most fathers are absent, leaving our young men with idolization of whats on television. Now, lets think what do our kids watch, videos! Our children are starting to idolize what the media depicts as our norms which are rappers and what does rappers depict..drug dealers, women, drugs, car and clothes. We have to stop looking for role models outside of our home and become role models for our children. I am a single mother of one son and I constantly have to monitor my son's visual intact while watching television. I explain to my son what is real from fake. It's my responsibility to ensure he has insight of a positive male role model and I play a major part of showing him what a positive female role model. The gap in the African American family is the reason for the nonexistence of positive black role models. My son had to write an essay on his hero and I found the essay as I was checking his homework folders. It brought tears to my eyes to see that I was my son hero! He explained why he felt I was his hero and it was because I was a business lady and I never gave up on anything! It was funny because he did stated "I do not want to be a woman but I want to be like my mom who never gives up because she is a fighter." This is a prime example that if more fathers or mothers were in the home our children would have there active role models living right in the same home. The problem with African American role models is the unfulfilled gap in a two parent household with successful parenting skills.

Iceman0274 said...

All of you agreeing with Trump's statement I implore you to go back and read it again. He didn't say there aren't enough role models or that there are only a few, he said there are absolutely none except for Obama. What kind of reasonable person can agree with such a ridiculous statement? How can you Chattygirl who said very clearly how you are a single mother who monitors closely what your son is exposed to, how on earth can you make that statement yet still agree with Trump? How can you say you're showing your son what a positive female looks like and still agree with Trump that there are no role models in our community? You're entire comment is contradictory, if you agree with Trump that there are no role models then that means you aren't the role model you think you are to your son. There simply isn't enough space to state how wrong Trump is with this underhanded insulting blanket statement. Also we need to stop reinforcing this belief that black children are only inspired by negative, materialistic people. Our children are not mindless puppets or zombies with no sense of awareness at all. I have no doubt I'm a role model to the hundreds of kids that are in my school everyday. I am the only black male school director in the entire school district so best believe not only do I connect with my students but the same applies to their parents too. Not a week goes by that I am not contacted by another parent who wants me to mentor her son. So for those of you that agree with Trump's foolishness how about you get up and be the role models you claim don't exist. What side are you on, the problem or the solution?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Iceman0274, for stating the facts so clearly. Do our communities need "more" role models? Yes. But there are dedicated people giving freely of themselves every single day to uplift the lives of the young and old. To say there are "no" role models is the same as saying that those who are pouring their hearts, souls, and hard-earned money into their communities are as invisible as those Americans of African descent are in the textbooks used to teach our children American History. Now that's where Donald Trump should shine a spotlight...the American History that focuses on the magnificence of one ethnic group...those, like him, who look white. (President Obama's skin is bit too brown.) If this country had followed the lead of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and taught the "whole truth" of American History that included the brilliant contributions of all ethnic groups, then Donald Trump would have "possibly" gained enough knowledge that would have prevented him from making such an unintelligent and uninformed statement of which he obviously knows little to no - thing. Black history is American History. I wonder what Donald Trump would say in response to that?

john said...

I guess because the white man said it he’s I quote “A right wing racist idiot”. What does that make us when we sit and watch the news.
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Thank you, Iceman0274, for stating the facts so clearly. Do our communities need "more" role models? Yes. But there are dedicated people giving freely of themselves every single day to uplift the lives of the young and old....