Dems continue to ‘carry on the skepticism and avoid the realities:’ Bryant

Dems continue to ‘carry on the skepticism and avoid the realities:’ Bryant


YOU FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT.>>THANK YOU, MARTHA.>>Martha: MY NEXT GUEST SAYS IT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS PAY ATTENTION TO VERY CLOSELY IN 20206789 IN A NEW PIECE IN “U.S.A. TODAY” REVEREND C.L. BRYANT SAYS, QUOTE: ABOUT 1 MILLION NEW JOB OPENINGS HAVE BEEN FILLED BY BLACK AMERICANS SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE IN 2017. THE BLACK POVERTY RATE REACHED ITS LOW REST LEVEL ON RECORD. HE SAYS DEMOCRATS WON’T ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE NUMBERS BECAUSE THEY WOULD RATHER, QUOTE: REOPEN THE WOUNDS OF YESTERDAY THAN PROMOTE POLICIES THAT STRENGTH THEEN THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF TOMORROW. REVEREND C.L. BRYANT IS HERE NOW. IS HE JOINED BY “NEWSWEEK” GLOBAL CONTRIBUTOR AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIST. GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOOD TO HAVE BOTH OF YOU WITH US TODAY. YOU KNOW, WE ALSO NOTE HERE THAT 10 YEARS AGO BLACK EMPLOYMENT WAS ALMOST 16% IN THE UNITED STATES. NOW, THAT NUMBER IS 5.9%. SO QUALMY, LET ME START WITH YOU. AS THE REVEREND SAID, IF THAT’S NOT PROGRESS IT’S KIND OF HARD TO IMAGINE WHAT IS.>>WELL, YOU KNOW, THAT NUMBER HAS TO BE LOOKED AT WITH SKEPTICAL EYES. WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS YOU HAVE TO KICK THE TIRES. YOU HAVE TO LOOK UNDER THE HOOD OF THAT NUMBER. THAT NUMBER IS A VERY SUPERFICIAL NUMBER. BASICALLY WHEN OBAMA LEFT OFFICE HE GAVE TRUMP A 7.8% NOT THE HEIGHT OF THE RECESSION. TRUMP HAS MADE PROGRESS AND THAT’S NO DOUBT. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING UNDER THE HOOD AND YOU EXAMINE THAT NUMBER AND LOOK AT REAL WAGE GROWTH. THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO PUT GROCERIES ON THE TABLE. THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO AFFORD HEALTHCARE. THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF THEIR KIDS IN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND DAY CARE, THOSE THINGS ARE STILL MORE EXPENSIVE TO THE AVERAGE PERSON. SO THE GAINS HAVE NOT BEEN REDISTRIBUTED TO WORKING INCOME FOLKS. THEY HAVE BEEN REDISTRIBUTED TO THE TOP 1% AND THE REALLY ELITES IN AMERICA. SO THAT NUMBER IS A LITTLE BIT OF A FALLACY WHEN YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MAKE A DECISION JUST ON THAT NUMBER.>>Martha: LET REVEREND HAVE AT THAT GO AHEAD. REVEREND.>>THE THING ABOUT THE PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS DEMOCRAT PARTY TODAY AS OPPOSED TO 1975 WHEN JOE BIDEN WAS VERY MUCH A REPUBLICAN IS THAT THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO CARRY ON THE SKEPTICISMS AND AVOID THE REALITIES OF THE PROGRESS THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THIS NATION. MARTHA, WE ARE NOT LIVING IN 1975. AND NIBBLE WITH ANY COMMON SENSE WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE JUST HOW FAR OUR NATION HAS EVOLVED AS A PEOPLE. BUT YET THE DEMOCRATS DO, IN FACT, WANT TO KEEP THOSE WOUNDS REOPENED SO THAT THE BOOGIE MAN THAT THEY HAVE HAD BLACK PEOPLE AFRAID OF FOR SO MANY YEARS CAN STILL REMAIN REAL TO THEM AND, OF COURSE, STILL DRIVE THE VOTE TO THE POLLS AS THEY HAVE DONE FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS. IT’S TIME FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO AT LEAST TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN A VISIONARY.>>Martha: GO AHEAD.>>AND HE HAS BEEN VERY REACTIONARY IN HIS ADMINISTRATION.>>Martha: YOU KNOW, QUALM ME, I REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT TALKING TO ALL VOTERS AND SAYING TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS IN PARTICULAR, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? GIVE IT A TRY. YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE DIFFERENCE IS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE AN ECONOMIC POLICY THAT INVOLVES REMOVING REGULATIONS AND CUTTING TAXES, THAT THAT STOKES THE FIRES OF NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND IT DOES HELP TO RAISE WAGES AND ALL OF THAT AND WE HAVE SEEN CLEARLY THAT MORE JOBS ARE PROVIDED. AND THAT THAT, YOU KNOW, DOES LIFT ALL BOATS. THERE ARE CERTAINLY PEOPLE WHO ARE — WOULD STILL LIKE TO HAVE THEM LIFTED MORE. BUT, YOU KNOW, THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LOOKS LIKE IT WILL DO THAT IT’S A DIFFERENT APPROACH THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO SAID, YOU KNOW, THAT HE WANTED TO EXPAND THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, WANTED TO EXPAND WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO BE HELPED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT.>>YEAH. FOR ME IT’S NOT ABOUT SAYING THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY ECONOMIC OR SOCIAL PROGRESS IN AMERICA. THAT’S A FALLACY. I THINK FOR ME WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY THAT THE RACE IS NOT OVER. WE ARE STILL RUNNING THE RACE. IT’S NOT LIKE WE HAVE COME TO SOME CONCLUSION THAT RACISM IS NO LONGER A FACTOR IN AMERICA THERE ARE NO SYSTEMIC THINGS THAT ARE CONTINUED TO HOLD AMERICANS BACK ACCESS TO THE GI BILL AND THE FACT THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS WEREN’T ABLE TO BUILD THE SAME AMOUNT OF WEALTH IN THEIR HOMES AND THEIR STATES AS THE AVERAGE WHITE FAMILY. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY OF JIM CROW AND HOW THAT’S ACCRUED AND REALLY MULTIPLIED OVER TIME BOTH NEGATIVELY FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND TO THE POSITIVE ADDITION FOR WHITE AMERICANS.>>Martha: REVEREND BRYANT, YOU KNOW, QWAME IS JUST SAYING THAT WE HAVE MADE PROGRESS BUT WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN FAR ENOUGH AND WE CAN’T FORGET THAT YOU SAY THEY ARE RIPPING OFF OLD WOUNDS. IS THERE TRUTH TO BOTH OF THOSE THINGS?>>ABSOLUTELY THERE COULD BE BUT NOT IN PRESENT DAY AMERICA. I WILL TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ONE THING IN PRESENT DAY AMERICA THAT I AS A BLACK MAN COULD IMAGINE DOING THAT THE COLOR OF MY SKIN WOULD STOP ME FROM DOING. I GREW UP IN THE LATE 1960’S AND THE EARLY ’60S. I REMEMBER DRINKING FROM COLORED WATER FOUNTAINS AND RIDING ON THE BACK OF BUS US. AND WHEN I TELL YOU ABOUT EVOLUTION, I’M NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I HAVE HEARD OF. I’M TELLING YOU ABOUT SOMETHING I HAVE SEEN AND EXPERIENCED WITH MY OWN EYES. AMERICA IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT FREEDOM DOES WORK. AND IT CAN WORK FOR YOU IF YOU WILL ALLOW BIG GOVERNMENT TO GET OUT OF WAY OF BLACK PEOPLE. GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ALLOW THEM TO ENJOY OUT FRUITS OF AMERICAN LABOR AND A FRUITS OF AMERICAN ABUNDANCE THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS ENJOYED. DON’T NEED A HANDOUT. JUST NEED BIG GOVERNMENT AND THOSE WHO WOULD STOP US FROM PROGRESSING TO MOVE OUT OF OUR WAY AND JOE BIDEN IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WOULD DEFINITELY STAND IN THE WAY.

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