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  • Writer's pictureArchuleta A. Chisolm

Unlocking Pandora's Box: Black Jobs According to Trump


In a recent statement from last night's debate, Donald Trump ignited new foolishness by mentioning "Black jobs." What exactly are these so-called Black jobs, and why are they gaining attention? Black Twitter, per usual, was undefeated in the comments and memes that followed.

The term "Black jobs" seems to have stirred curiosity and controversy in equal measure. Contrary to what some may speculate, Black jobs do not refer to a specific type of employment reserved for individuals of a certain race. Instead, the term alludes to jobs that are predominantly held by Black people. These jobs span across various industries and sectors, reflecting the diverse roles and contributions of the Black community in our workforce.

Employment opportunities have long been intertwined with social dynamics, including race and ethnicity. Historically, Black people have faced systemic barriers that hindered our access to equal job opportunities. From segregation in the workplace to discriminatory hiring practices, the road to economic empowerment for Black Americans has been fraught with challenges.

Trump's mention of Black jobs has sparked discussions about his stance on racial and economic issues. Some view his use of the term as archaic and racist, while others interpret it as a recognition of the unique employment landscape that shapes the Black community's experiences. I tend to agree with the former. Yet, regardless of one's political leanings, Trump's reference to Black jobs underscores the importance of addressing racial disparities in the labor market.

While the term "Black jobs" may have sparked controversy, it sheds light on the need for a more inclusive and equitable workforce. Embracing diversity in the workplace goes beyond mere rhetoric; it requires concrete actions to ensure that individuals from all backgrounds have access to fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities.

Creating a level playing field in the job market is essential for fostering economic equality and social cohesion. Initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion can help dismantle systemic barriers and pave the way for a more equitable future. By recognizing and valuing the contributions of all individuals, regardless of their race or ethnicity, we can build a stronger and more resilient workforce.

This we know, for sure.

I saw a news headline this morning that said, "God Help Us," in reference to the debate. The United States is past embarrassing and we out here just throwing foolishness around like its water. When have we realized that this is not working. What is this, you might ask? Putting old, crispy white men in charge of the free world, taking us back to the 1950s. Our country has brilliant, capable, diverse and amazingly progressive people (particularly women). But somehow, our choices go no further than Shady Pines retirement home.

So, it's not shocking that Trump would say something like this. It seems as soon as we think we've made progress, we get put back - again.

"Black jobs" serves as a poignant reminder that we cannot sleep or forget that we are still in a fight. The election is drawing closer and whoever sits at the helm will determine our most important laws, including what the Supreme Court will look like. We've seen trash before, so we know this can get ugly.

Doing nothing means we accept it. At this point, we know the math ain't mathin'. All we can do is pray that God and the ancestors make a way out of no way, and that we reach higher ground. In the meantime, we have to continue to engage in open dialogue, advocate for inclusive policies, and challenge preconceived notions. Our bodies, our voices, our livelihood, and our families are at stake.


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