“Sister Elaine pointed out that indeed Trump and his family are consumed about owning things,” said Dr. Robert T. Starks, political consultant and professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University. “It’s an obsession with possession, and that of course was the springboard of racial segregation and slavery.”
Starks described Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan as a return to pre-1964 America without the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, or integration, and with slavery intact. He said one solution toward the true dismantling of racism is to obtain political power.
According to Starks, the problem is most exposed by Trump and the Republican Party, but he holds Democrats accountable as well. He said there was a presidential candidate who couldn’t motivate people in spite of the opposition. There was a president who didn’t do what he could’ve done to bring federal programs to cities such as Chicago, Gary, or Flint.
Starks detailed what he considered to be assaults against the black community: Chicago’s mayor closed 50 schools in one year as every alderman stood behind him, the Laquan McDonald payment, the selling of the city’s parking meters, and the installing of red light cameras.