In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and a national debate over badly needed reforms to the policing of communities of color, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reintroduced the term “law and order” to the public discussion on the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, as Trump calls on more police, the Black community is in a dilemma, and is left to ask what it must do to escape police brutality, when everything to date has not worked.
After rolling out his concept at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump gave a speech on law and order that was purportedly designed to appeal to African-American voters, with whom he is polling between 0 and 1 percent, according to recent polls. Yet, he made his remarks in West Bend, Wisconsin, 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee, as ABC News reported. As the most recent Census data show, West Bend is 92 percent white, and has an African-American population of 1.2 percent, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Trump thanked law enforcement for their service, and condemned the recent violence in Milwaukee — impacted by police violence and economic deprivation — as “an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and peace.” His answer for the Black community, as he told the nearly all-white crowd, is more police:
Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially the sake of those living in the affected communities. The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods.