Trump advisor Kushner says Blacks in US lack motivation to succeed

2020-10-27 08:04:14
Trump advisor Kushner says Blacks in US lack motivation to succeed

U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has criticized African Americans who have protested against U.S. racism, and suggested that Black people have to “want to be successful” for Trump’s policies to work.

In an interview with the Fox News channel on Monday, Kushner spoke about Trump's "Platinum Plan" to create jobs and opportunities for Black Americans if he is re-elected next month, drawing criticism from the Democratic Party.

“President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful,” Kushner said.

Kushner also criticized prominent people who raised their voices on social media after the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by white police, but then didn’t follow through and work to find ways to improve the lives of Black people in America.

"Jared Kushner speaks as if Black people are lazy complainers who don't want to be successful," said civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Floyd's family.

Kushner acknowledged in his interview with Fox News that the majority of Black Americans oppose Trump and the Republican Party and prefer the rival Democratic Party.

A recent CBS News poll found that 85 percent of Black voters felt that as president, Trump “favors white people” and 80 percent of those voters said he “works against” Black people.

Kushner's argument that Black Americans lack motivation to succeed drew criticism that he is blind to his own privilege and that his own success is attributable more to his family's wealth than his own efforts.

"Jared Kushner is the face of white privilege and nepotism. He doesn't want to change our racist, broken system because he benefits from it. He’s the last person that should be lecturing the Black community on the value of 'hard work,'" said Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Trump, who has been trying to appeal to the Black community, has falsely claimed to improve economic opportunities for African Americans, provide steady funding for historically Black colleges and universities, and address inequality in the US criminal justice system.

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