I’m white. So is Donald Trump.
I work as a teaching assistant in a sociology course on race while I pursue a PhD. Trump alone provides enough material to supply half my curriculum.
Over the years, he’s said he thinks he’d be better off if he were “a well-educated black,” and that “laziness is a trait in blacks.”
Nonetheless, he clarified a few years back, “I have a great relationship with the blacks.” He repeated that assertion more recently, but refined his terminology to call them “African Americans.”
That’s right. Trump thinks the problem with those statements is the term he used for black people — and not that he called them lazy and entitled, and then claimed they love him.
For the record, to correct The Donald, a well-educated black person is not better off than a well-educated white person. As of 2009, a black person working full time with an advanced degree made $14,000 less per year than a similarly situated white person.