But Sowell gave props to Trump this week for tying law-and-order to the black community.
Liberals claim that law-and-order is dog-whistle racism. Trump turned that around. Sowell noticed.
Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.
When establishment Republicans have addressed the problems of blacks at all, it has too often been in terms of what earmarked benefits can be offered in exchange for their votes. And there was very little that Republicans could offer to compete with the Democrats' whole universe of welfare state earmarks.
Law and order, however, is not an earmarked benefit for any special group. It is a policy for all that is especially needed by law-abiding blacks, who are the principal victims of those who are not law-abiding.His who-would-have-thought question is absurd for an educated man, who surely should have studied his subject beyond the headlines before openly rejecting him in January. Trump's intelligence, cosmopolitan nature, and genuine love of the hoi polloi are all indicators of someone who judges people by the content of their character. He understands that the people who suffer most from black crime are poor, black people.
But Sowell notices now and that is what is important.
Trump made his speeches in rural, white communities. Some said that was a mistake, but I saw that as a brilliant move because it showed he was not pandering to the black community. Trump proved that this is not something he just says, but rather something he believes in.
Sowell ended his column:
Someone on CNN said that if Trump were serious about wanting the black vote, he would address groups like the NAACP. That was in fact a big mistake that even President Reagan made.
Blacks voters are not the property of the NAACP, and they need to be addressed directly as individuals, over the heads of special interest organizations that have led blacks into the blind alley of being a voting bloc that has been taken for granted far too long.
Whether other Republicans will re-think their approach to attracting minority voters is a big unanswered question.The NAACP exists to fight racism. No racism, no NAACP. After 100 years, the motivation to end racism is gone.
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