Donald Trump appears convinced that black Americans live terrible lives. “We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before,” he said at a rally Tuesday. “Ever, ever, ever.”
You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. They’re worse, I mean honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities. And I say to the African American communities and I think it's resonating, because you see what's happening with my poll numbers with African Americans. They're going, like, high.
By Trump’s estimation, there has never been a worse time to be black in America. Pretty bleak—and untrue, by most objective standards. Let’s break it down.
“You get no education”
Trump says students in predominantly black schools are not receiving the instruction they need. Yes, many troubled city schools need help, and there’s little doubt the American education system still struggles with a persistent achievement gap between white and black students. But the position of black teenagers has improved greatly over the past two decades.
First, fewer are dropping out of high school than ever before, meaning they’re graduating with degrees that open the door to college or the workforce.