Given his history of bigoted remarks, Donald Trump has a chore ahead of him in persuading African-Americans to vote for him. He is making that job more difficult.
At a town hall forum last week, the Republican presidential candidate endorsed the concept of "stop and frisk," in which police officers stop people and question or search them if they are deemed suspicious, asserting the practice "worked incredibly well," in New York City. That practice in New York City was found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge because it targeted minorities.
"Donald Trump talks about stop-and-frisk like he knows the facts," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN. "He has had no experience with policing, no experience with public safety." The latter sentence applies to Mr. Trump when it comes to essentially any government function.
On "Fox and Friends," Mr. Trump attempted to defuse the comment by saying he was only referring to Chicago, as if that makes the biased practice any better. After the American Civil Liberties Union documented racial profiling on the part of Chicago police, the department agreed to make changes that were incorporated in state law.
Mr. Trump further "appealed" to minority voters in North Carolina by declaring that "African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever." Worse than when African-Americans were confined to segregated schools and neighborhoods and risked injury or death if they protested?
According to federal data, African-Americans have made major strides economically and educationally in recent years. More progress must be made to close the gap with white Americans, but by no possible measure are African-American communities in the worst shape "Ever, ever, ever."
Mr. Trump's presidency would be disastrous for African-Americans. As it would be for most everyone else.