NPR host claims ‘Make America Great Again’ is ‘deeply encoded promise of white prosperity’

Happy New Year from National Public Radio. Well, it’s not actually happy, according to host Michele Norris, who was a guest on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on New Year’s Day. She also functioned as a harbinger of gloom, lamenting that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is code for sending blacks and other people of color to the back of the line.

The clear implication — that Barack Obama was good for black America — is belied by the numbers. Consider:

  • During the Obama years, median family income for black Americans declined 10.9%.
  • From June 2007 to August 2012, the black workforce decreased from 58.6% in to 52.8%.
  • The black labor force participation rate, which rose throughout the 1980s and 1990s, declined sharply under Obama and now stands at 61.4%.
  • Black home ownership fell from 46.1% in 2009 to 43.3% in 2014.
  • The percentage of black Americans living in poverty expanded from 25.8 to 27.2%.
  • In 2009, white households were 7 times richer than black households. Today, white households are 8 times richer.

Yet, in spite of these bleak statistics, Norris worries aloud that the nation is “going back to a time that was not very comfortable for people of color,” when “they were relegated to the back of the line.”

Here’s a video of her comments, a transcript of which follows:

In the phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ there’s one word that if you are a person of color, that you sort of stumble over, and it’s the word ‘again’. Because you’re talking about going back to a time that was not very comfortable for people of color. They did not have opportunities, they were relegated to the back of the line.

And this was a country that — to be honest — was built on the promise of white prosperity above everything else. And for a lot of people, when they hear that message, ‘Make America Great Again,’ deeply encoded in that message is a return to a time where white Americans can assume a certain amount of prosperity.

After eight years of some of the most intensely bitter racial division the nation has known, it is grossly irresponsible for a black commentator like Norris to paint a falsely optimistic picture of the outgoing administration and an even more pessimistic view of the next before the new president is even sworn in.

(h/t Raw Story)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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