Black Lawmakers Release Documentary: We Have Lost A Lot
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Wednesday released a mini-documentary explaining what African Americans have lost under the Trump Administration and why it’s important for them to vote in November. From safety and security to healthcare, equality and justice, and other issue areas, the mini-documentary details how some policies and programs implemented by Donald Trump have hurt African Americans and other marginalized communities. “President Trump has been in office for almost two years and during that time African Americans and other marginalized communities have lost a lot,” CBC Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) said. “There is no question that our community – and the country – are worse off now than they were before President Trump took office. If we don’t want to lose more than we’ve lost already, we must vote in the next election and future elections. On the campaign trail in 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump asked African Americans “What the hell do you have to lose” about voting for him. During the CBC’s first and only meeting with Donald Trump in March of 2017, the Caucus responded to this question with a hand delivered 130-page policy document entitled, “We Have A Lot To Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century." The administration never responded to the problems and solutions detailed in the document. Additionally, the Caucus says the administration never facilitated meetings between the CBC and Cabinet officials at the DOJ, HUD, or the Education Department as they had committed. As a result, the CBC declined a second meeting with the president on June 22nd, 2017. “Our grandparents and great-grandparents fought and died for the right to vote and we should make sure we exercise that right no matter how low or high the stakes are. The stakes couldn’t be higher right now,” Richmond concluded. View the documentary here.