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Trump says African Americans are living in hell. That depends on what you mean by hell

Trump says African Americans are living in hell. That depends on what you mean by hell

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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