Welcome to “Election Day in Black Pittsburgh,” as the New Pittsburgh Courier provides all-day and all-night coverage of this crucial 2020 Presidential Election…
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this region’s most widely-read newspaper, shocked many readers on Saturday, Oct. 31, when it endorsed Donald J. Trump for president. The PG hadn’t endorsed a Republican candidate since 1972. Remember, Pittsburgh has historically been a Democratic-leaning area. Democrats dominate the mayor’s office and other local offices. The annual Labor Day Parade is one of the largest in the nation. And the African American vote here, while not as large as cities like Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago, still holds weight.
The New Pittsburgh Courier, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, made it clear via its editorial board that it didn’t think Trump deserves another term. “Fire Trump, Hire Biden” was the massive headline on the front page of the Courier’s print edition.
If you missed the Courier’s editorial on why Joe Biden should be the next president, here it is below…
by the Courier Editorial Board, comprised of Rod Doss, editor and publisher, and Rob Taylor Jr., managing editor
During the final presidential debate, Oct. 22, in Nashville, President Donald J. Trump reiterated the phrase he’s been touting all year—that he’s done more for African Americans than any other U.S. president since Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln is turning in his grave.
We, the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board, didn’t have to think long and hard about who we’d endorse in our publication for the next President of the United States.
African Americans knew the real Donald Trump nine years ago, the moment he tried to classify Barack Obama as not being a U.S. citizen.
“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud,” Trump later tweeted in 2012, months before Obama was successfully re-elected as president.
Trump has always been a divisive figure. Labeling him as a shady businessman is putting it mildly. Birds don’t have to be around for him to ruffle feathers. And still, miraculously, 63 million people in these United States voted for Donald J. Trump to become president in 2016.
We as African Americans were never late to the real Trump. Remember, Trump still believes that the Black and Latino teens who were charged with the brutal attack on a White woman in a New York City park in 1989 are still guilty, though the “Central Park 5” have been fully exonerated of the alleged crimes. The “Central Park 5,” as the teens were known, were awarded a $41 million settlement from New York City due to the wrongful convictions and imprisonment.
Only now is much of White America realizing what a condescending, race-baiting, sensitive, amateurish, ineffectual, unaffectionate, repulsive, uninformed, narcissistic, intemperate individual the real Trump is.
Millions of Americans watched pre-president Trump on the NBC hit show “The Apprentice.” We’ll admit, Trump is good for Reality TV. But he’s very bad for the presidency.
“The thing is, this is not a reality show,” Obama said recently on the campaign trail in Philadelphia. “This is reality.”
There’s no way we all deserve four more years of Donald J. Trump as our president. That’s why the Courier emphatically endorses Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, as the next President of the United States.
So often in society, a person’s mere presence dictates a certain culture. If you have a CEO of a company that is adamant on having African Americans in prominent roles of the company, and makes an inclusive culture a priority, the rest of the employees will follow suit. The church pastor that is serious about opening his church doors to anyone, will see to it that other leadership members within that church have the same mindset. And behind every strong nonprofit organization that’s been in existence for decades, you’ll find an uber-passionate founder or executive director that believes in the organization’s mission, and challenges other employees to partake in that mission.
With Joe Biden as the president, the leader of the United States, it signals to everyone that systemic racism nationwide will not be tolerated. It signals that it’s OK to be an immigrant, or gay or lesbian, or Black or brown, and that the voices of the different will be heard and respected.
When you see Joe Biden, you see a man that the first Black U.S. president, Obama, thought highly enough of, that he made Biden his vice president. When you see Joe Biden, you see a 77-year-old White man who easily could have picked a male running mate, or a White female running mate.
Instead, he chose Kamala Harris, the 56-year-old California senator and former California attorney general.
If you hadn’t noticed, she’s a sista.
Just the mentioning of Joe Biden’s name signals a better chance for African Americans to prosper in this country. If he becomes president, millions of Black women across the U.S. will continuously see a woman that looks like them in the vice presidency; Black women will know that they, too, can become anything they want. Maybe those Black women will make history in their professional endeavors, as we hope Harris does by becoming the first woman and Black woman vice president.
Remember, even the outstanding Michelle Obama, who did great things for Black women when she was the First Lady, wouldn’t have been in line to be the president if Barack Obama couldn’t continue. But if Biden has to relinquish his presidential duties temporarily or permanently, Harris would be next up in command.
Biden wants to keep the 20 million Americans currently on “Obamacare,” and refine it and make it better. Biden wants to tackle the tough, controversial topic of systemic racism. Biden wants to advance the economic mobility of African Americans and close the racial wealth and income gaps. He wants to increase racial inequity in the education and justice systems. Overall, Biden is more apt to be the president who wants Black voices to be a vital part of his presidency.
Meanwhile, Trump wouldn’t be able to denounce “White Supremacy” if you gave him the “W” and the “S.” Oh wait, he did eventually denounce White Supremacy; just three and a half years too late. He said there were “very fine people on both sides” when a White Supremacist-style rally was being held in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, where someone was killed by a person driving through the crowd. Trump was the one who degraded legendary Black congressmen Elijah Cummings and the late John Lewis. To jog your memory, last year Trump called Baltimore, which is part of Cummings’ district, “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” and the “Worst in the USA,” adding, “no human being would want to live there.” Trump also called Lewis’ Atlanta district “crime infested.”
Trump blasted pro football player Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games, saying to his supporters at one rally, “Get that son of a b____ off the field!”
Trump has fumbled with a passion the COVID-19 outbreak, which has disproportionately affected African Americans, leading to more than 220,000 U.S. deaths and climbing.
And when George Floyd died at the hands of a White Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day, leading to weeks of protests across America, Trump sat back and never did anything except threaten to bring in the National Guard.
Trump never addressed the nation on racial injustice. He never met with the mother of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was inexplicably shot multiple times in the back by a White police officer in Kenosha, Wis., in August.
Earlier this year when this country mourned the death of Lewis, who was side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963, Trump refused to attend Lewis’ memorial service. Former presidents George W. Bush (a Republican), Bill Clinton and Obama were in attendance.
Donald J. Trump, you may have entertained rapper Kanye West and comedian Steve Harvey at the White House. You may have provided some funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. You may have paid $5 million for a Super Bowl commercial showing a Black woman singing your praises.
But come Nov. 3, it’s time for you to pay the piper. As you liked to say in your “The Apprentice” reality show, we now get a chance to say it to you.