In his first speech as president-elect, Donald Trump pledged early Wednesday to serve as a leader representing “all Americans.”
Racial and religious minorities viewed the promise skeptically.
They noted that it came from a man who, over the course of his campaign, had called for mass deportations and a wall along the Mexican border, floated the ideas of spying on mosques and forcing American Muslims onto a national registry, and dismissed Black Lives Matter protesters as “looking for trouble” while disseminating grossly inflated black crime statistics. He was endorsed by Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures.
Instead, they criticized white voters for buying into Trump’s racially charged messaging and prepared for what many foresee as the battle still yet to be fought between the vestiges of America’s ugly racial past and the realities of an ongoing demographic shift that will leave whites in the minority.