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Trump says African-Americans are living in hell; here's what African-Americans are saying

Trump says African-Americans are living in hell; here's what African-Americans are saying

Donald Trump looked out at the crowd of supporters at a rally in Ohio last month and ticked off the troubles he said plague black America: “The violence. The death. The lack of education. No jobs.”

This, he said pointing in the imagined direction of an inner-city “ghetto,” is a place where “you buy a loaf of bread and end up getting shot.” Essentially, he said, African-Americans are “living in hell.”

But what exactly does that mean?

“To say African-Americans are living in hell, that has the descriptive specificity of a bumper sticker,” said Cornell Brooks, president of the...

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