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Kushner claims a problem with Black Americans is that they don’t “want to be successful”

Kushner claims a problem with Black Americans is that they don’t “want to be successful”

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Despite all of the trust apparently placed in him by his father-in-law Donald Trump, Jared Kushner doesn’t seem to have particularly well-honed political instincts. With the president trailing behind Joe Biden amongst Black voters by a staggering margin in the polls, one might expect Kushner and other Trump surrogates to try to woo these voters by appealing to their interests and downplaying the racism that has defined this administration since day one. Instead, Kushner seems intent on insulting Black Americans.

During an appearance on Fox News today, Kushner claimed that Trump’s policies can help Black Americans “break out of the problems that they’re complaining about but that he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful,” clearly implying that many Black Americans simply decide to not be “successful.” The choice of the word “complaining” also seems to indicate that Kushner believes the concerns of Black Americans to be exaggerated or illegitimate.

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The idea that Trump is trying to help Black communities when the majority of his policies have overwhelmingly benefitted the super-rich and white is a slap in the face to anyone who has been paying attention to this president’s bigoted agenda for the past four years.

More importantly, Kushner’s insistence that Black Americans simply need to “want to be successful” in order to become so is deeply offensive and painfully ignorant. Kushner, born into the lap of privilege and buoyed through life on a powerful sea of nepotism, has never had to face any real challenges, let alone the unique challenges facing the Black community.

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Systemic racism has never affected Jared Kushner or his billionaire convict father, denial of generational access to capital has never affected him, inordinate police brutality has never affected him, and white politicians like Trump pandering to racists has never affected him. Not only does he not understand the challenges facing the Black community, he clearly has no interest in educating himself and seems content to lecture on topics he does not understand. Were it not for his father-in-law endowing him with unearned power, most of us would not even know who Jared Kushner is. Once Trump is voted out of office, we can banish Kushner and his staggering ignorance from our television sets and out of our lives for good.

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