In Donald Trump's America minorities of all kinds have been scrambling to discover what his leadership will mean for their well-being. As Trump lines his cabinet with known racists, mysoginist, and alt-right heroes, media executive Bob Johnson, the man who founded BET and left the company in 2006, thinks Black Americans should give Trump a chance to prove his worth.
Johnson met with Trump on Sunday and told CNBC that the two had a "great chat." Telling the network that he asked the president-elect, "The real question you should be asking is what to African Americans have to gain from your presidency?"
Johnson continued, “Trump is a business guy, and I think he’s going to tilt towards finding [a] way to use fiscal policy … to move the economy forward,” Johnson said. “Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground.” Adding, "That's what's best for African Americans."
While Johnson, the country's first Black American billionaire, may be able to afford to give Trump a chance, millions of Americans are certain they cannot. That sentiment was expressed on Twitter as people reacted with anger and surprise at his seeming endorsement.
Give Trump a Chance? Nah.