At first, I was scared, because of the way he talks, that we’d go to war immediately. I was afraid he’d run the country as a cold business,” said the Staten Islander, who works in high-end retail sales. “But those fears were not realized.
”He started to support Trump after the president’s first year in office, mainly due to immigration policies. “It’s why I got behind him. It’s one of the biggest issues facing America today. And I noticed the tax cut. We all got more money in our paychecks — it’s not just for the rich,” said Davis, who disagrees with some of Trump’s foreign policy positions, particularly with Saudi Arabia and Israel.Still, Davis, who is gay, said he pays a social premium for supporting Trump.
“I’ve been called Uncle Tom, Uncle Ruckus [a character from the ‘Boondocks’ comic strip], traitor, house Negro, Oreo — white on the inside,” he said. “Literally everything but a proud black man.”So far, he’s been too nervous to wear a Make America Great Again cap in New York City, but that may change: “I just saw a black guy wearing a MAGA knit skullcap on the subway. I thought maybe I should, too.”“I’m doing very well financially”QUAN LANAE GREEN, 35, P. Lanae Green almost voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. But the married mother of three ended up sitting out the election.“In the end, I was torn. She was a woman and I wanted to support another woman, but it didn’t feel right to vote solely on that,” said Green, who was raised a diehard Democrat.But over the past couple of years, she’s broken from her family.
Democrats are a bunch of hypocrites and really take advantage of the African American vote.
“Democrats are a bunch of hypocrites and really take advantage of the African American vote. Democratic politicians [think they] don’t have to work hard for the black vote. They take [it] for granted,” said the Poughkeepsie resident, who is a self-employed life coach.“In Poughkeepsie, I’ve seen a bunch of promises to the black community that haven’t been fulfilled,” she said, citing a parade of Democratic leaders who promised more community centers, more money for schools and to rebuild parks.
“They haven’t done anything like that,” Green added. “They’ve built new jails in the community.”Meanwhile, she said, her life has improved under Trump.“I’ve been doing very well financially,” said Green who invests in real estate and the stock market. “Since Trump’s been in office, my stocks have increased exponentially.”But she would like to change one thing about the president: “I wish he were more socially adept — he’s made a lot of enemies.”
" Four Years Ago"
Candidate Donald Trump’s pitch to African Americans heading to voting booths was simple: “What do you have to lose?”While he captured just 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, recent polls suggest things could be different this time around.In November, an Emerson poll reported a 34.5 percent approval rating among black voters, and a January Gallup poll reported a 14 percent increase in satisfaction over race relations among Americans.
“We’ve had this wild surge of new testimonials coming in the past few weeks, largely in the black community,” said Brandon Straka, founder of #WalkAway, a social media campaign for disenchanted Democrats leaving the party. “They feel taken for granted, manipulated, and lied to by Democrats. They’re sick of the fearmongering.
”Here, five black New Yorkers — all former Democrats — tell The Post why they’re flipping parties and voting Republican this year.“I’m sold on his immigration policies ”KYREE DAVIS, 36, STATEN ISLAND“When Trump announced his candidacy, I thought it was a joke,” said Kyree Davis, who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “I said, ‘Hopefully, he’s not the racist, bigoted a–hole he portrays on TV.’“
THE NEW TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR BLACK AMERICA
After almost two years, President Donald Trump has laid out a policy with an executive order to spend money and investments in the “distressed communities across the country.” On Dec. 12, at an executive order signing at the White House, with a majority of African Americans in attendance, Trump said the order “would draw investment into neglected and underserved communities in America.”
With a sea of Black faces, starting with billionaire Bob Johnson, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Trump has assured the mainstream media that this is one of the solutions to fix the numerous economic problems
in urban America. Under Carson’s leadership and direction, 13 federal agencies have already put together a list of 8,761 potential designated action zones.
“The White House’s new executive order for agencies to prioritize O.Z.s is a positive first step to transform more communities into walkable, equitable and thriving places and repair the mistakes of the 20th century that led to sprawl and disinvestment,” said Christopher Cotes, director of LOCUS, a program of Small Growth America. “Most importantly, this new council must encourage greater transparency to ensure any federal investment in O.Z.s achieves equitable development outcomes that are good for both residents and businesses.”On paper, the Opportunity Zones plan appears to be an excellent concept and major corporations have an opportunity to invest in distressed communities and get a break on their taxes.These Opportunity Zones were created a 3 year ago under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but a year later there are still no established rules to implement the program.All 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories are able to participate in the Opportunity Zones initiative. State governors are responsible for nominating low-income communities based on qualified census tracts, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury will certify Opportunity Zones within 30 days of receiving nominations.
Presently, the major question is, how will the African-American community benefit from Opportunity Zones? To begin, very few African Americans are aware of or have information about Opportunity Zones, and many consumer advocates warn that the investments may not reach distressed areas. Many of these projects will be public-private partnerships, and many companies refuse to invest money in a poor community, where they don’t see them getting a return on their investment. But, at the executive order signing, different prominent Blacks spoke in favor of the project.
Pastor Donte’ Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church, in partnership with other faith-based stakeholders’ institutions, has created the East Baltimore Revitalization Plan, addressing development needs of 100 acres, approved and adapted by the City Planning Development of Baltimore.
“Our area has been federally designated as an Opportunity Zone, and this bipartisan legislation can leverage public and private funding toward community revitalization,” said Hickman. After Hickman gave his remarks, Johnson of BET spoke. Johnson is also a big supporter of Opportunity Zones.“What this proves is the efficacy, Mr. President, of a program that allows capital to flow to places where people are seeking out opportunity. And I am convinced that [the tax incentives] to business people will cause people to invest money where before they saw risk, now they see opportunity,” Johnson said.
It is too early to make an informed opinion on this Opportunity Zone project. There are different numbers from different leaders on the amount of money the government is willing to invest — some say $1.3 billion and others say $2.2 billion. But both numbers are substantial. — (NNPA)
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