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 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “There...