When Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address on February 5, 2020, before the pandemic hit, the United States of America was experiencing economic prosperity like we have rarely seen. The highlight of that prosperity was different than the economic booms we experienced in the 80’s with Reagan, and the 90’s with Clinton, where the prosperity was primarily felt by the upper classes.
The 2017-2020 economy had record economic gains in the lower classes and minority communities. Not only did we have the lowest unemployment rate in 39 years, we also had the lowest unemployment rates in Black and Hispanic communities in the history of the country. Real wages for Blacks and Hispanics rose in three years more than it had in the previous 20. The policies in place were very beneficial for historically undeserved communities.
As we emerge from the pandemic with a new President, it appears that Joe Biden, through his executive orders, is implementing economic policies that are the exact opposite than the ones that created one of the best economies we have seen in a long time, and minorities have ever seen.
The killing of the Keystone XL pipeline not only will cause gas prices to go up and renew our dependence on foreign oil, it will cost tens of thousands of middle-class workers their jobs. How will making tens of thousands of people unemployed affect the unemployment rate, job market and wages in the Black and Hispanic communities when these newly unemployed workers will be competing for their jobs?
Joe Biden is opening the border and promising to give amnesty to over 11 million illegal immigrants. How will the influx of millions of low wage workers affect the unemployment rate, job market and wages in the Black and Hispanic communities? Will there be more minority citizens employed or unemployed now that they will be competing with millions of more “legalized” illegal immigrants willing to work below the minimum wage?
With Biden’s amnesty, there will be millions more children flooding the already overwhelmed public school systems in minority communities. Class sizes may balloon to over 40 students. Overcrowded classes, overcrowded schools do not create the proper learning environment for children in these communities to get the proper education to realize the promise of America.
The Biden administration is also pivoting away from the previous administrations push for school choice, a program designed to give kids from lower income communities, mainly Black and Hispanics, the ability to send their kids to the schools that many privilege white children get to attend. Instead, these minority children with the hopes of getting a better education to improve their lives are now being forced to remain in schools that have been failing their communities for generations.
Not only does Joe Biden and the Democrats want to keep minorities as a permanent underclass in our society, they want to use the public school system to indoctrinate the students to their political ideology and to racist academic theories like Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory.
The Biden administration is easing trade relations with China making it easier and more profitable for American businesses to ship manufacturing to China costing thousands of American jobs. How will the loss of manufacturing jobs in America improve the job market of minority communities? It won’t.
Biden is lifting Trump’s crackdowns on the H1B-Visa program which will allow Big Business and Big Tech to employ thousands of foreign workers for cheaper wages than equally qualified American citizens. The process of importing below the wage market employees to America will once again have the trickle-down effect of strangling the United States job market and ultimately hurting minority communities.
The never-ending lockdowns which have caused more harm than good (see Florida’s results vs New York and California), have hurt the minority communities the most. People with the least have the shortest to fall before they hit rock bottom. And Black and Hispanic students have been hurt the most from all of the school closures. You know who benefitted the most from the lockdowns? Big Tech companies. Amazon doubled its net worth in the last 12 months while many businesses and people have been driven into bankruptcy.
Most of Joe Biden’s decisions thus far have benefitted the Democrats donors; Big Business, Wall Street, and Big Tech. None of those entities give a damn about minority communities. Amazon donating $10 million to racial causes is a joke compared to its net worth (less than one-tenth of one percent). Amazon and the like are merely buying them off for mere pennies to hide their real crime. All of the policies of Joe Biden which are devastating to the minority communities create billions of dollars for Big Tech, Big Business and Wall Street. That’s why he is doing it because they got him elected. These billionaires are benefitting handsomely off the suffering of the minority communities, so they throw these communities some chump change to get them to look the other way.
In 2 to 3 years, when the Biden administration has its claws sunk deep into this nation, and many Americans, especially Black and Hispanics’ lives are much worse off, the Biden administration will need someone to blame. Black people certainly can’t blame Biden because if they didn’t vote for him, they “ain’t Black.” And this is why Joe Biden and many of his surrogates in the media are pushing a narrative that “white supremacy” is the biggest domestic terrorist threat to our nation. The Democrats need a bogeyman to blame the consequences of all of their failed policies on.
Joe Biden’s opponent’s policies were far better for Black people and Hispanics, but instead of embracing those policies to garner their votes, Biden simply charges his opponents with racism and gins up the fear-mongering of “white supremacy”, so he can win minority support while catering to his billionaire donors which harm the minority communities. This is the same reason why Biden spent so much time promoting the racial diversity of his cabinet. He believes that if he puts a Black or Hispanic face on his policies that harm Black and Hispanic communities, they wouldn’t notice it was him that made their lives much worse.
So, Joe Biden will tell the unemployed black man in the inner city that you don’t have a job, not because I imported millions of low wage workers, or shipped most of our manufacturing jobs to China, or brought in a bunch of H1B-Visa workers to take American jobs in order to benefit my Big Tech, Big Business, and Wall Street billionaire donors. No, that is not the reason you’re unemployed. The reason you’re unemployed is white supremacy. It’s the white supremacists’ fault that the disparity of wealth in this country has grown exponentially during my time in office. The white supremacists are the ones to blame. Do not look at me. Do not look at my administration. Do not look at my policies. Do not look at the Democrats who run your city and state. Do not look at the billionaire ruling class. No, those people and those entities are not the problem because they really and truly care about you. No, the problem is white supremacy.
Joe Biden will tell you that white supremacy is the root of all the problems in America, and especially in Black and Hispanic communities. The slavery that ended 155 years ago is the reason you don’t have a job and crime is rampant in your community, not my policies. That is why we must tear down every statue of every white historical figure in our country. The true Americans, the people who truly believe in democracy and equal rights are Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, all those people living in palatial mansions behind high security walls flying around in their private jets, making millions and billions off the sweat of the average worker, they are the ones who truly care about the underserved people living in Black and Hispanic communities, because they are the ones that are going after white supremacy. They are not the white supremacists, even though they have all the money and all the power, and they are perpetuating a system and policies which are making themselves rich, and Black and Hispanic lives worse and worse. No, they are not the white supremacists.
The white supremacists are the ones who want policies that allow you to send your children to elite schools attended mainly by white students, so they have a chance at the American dream. The white supremacists are the ones who want to enact policies that provide better jobs and higher wages for Blacks and Hispanics. Those people are the real white supremacists, so that’s why we must do everything we can to stop them, while at the same time perpetuating their myth.
Judd Garrett is a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He is a frequent contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.