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Melvin B. Miller

Despite never demonstrating any special interest in the country’s racial problem, Donald Trump now has the audacity to assert that his election as president will benefit African Americans. “What the hell do you have to lose?” he callously asks.

How arrogant for the leader of the “birther” movement, whose objective was to disqualify Barack Obama as president, to claim now that he will benefit blacks. Trump also refused to renounce the endorsement of David Duke, a prominent white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Trump’s bigotry is not limited to blacks. He insulted Mexican immigrants to America and claimed that federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel was not qualified to decide a case against his for-profit Trump University because he was of Mexican heritage, even though he was a native-born American. Trump was grossly insulting to the Muslim Gold Star parents of a Muslim army officer who died in Iraq.

The record is clear. Donald Trump is no friend of African Americans or other people of color. No black with any sense of personal dignity or pride could consider voting for such a person. Trump did not expect an improvement in the attitudes of blacks to his candidacy. This whole gambit was to deceive well-meaning white supporters into believing he was really not bigoted. Do not be fooled. Anyone with any sensitivity to the nation’s race problem should turn their backs on Trump on Election Day.