Congressional Black Caucus Is Still Unimpressed With Trump's Speech

Congressional Black Caucus Is Still Unimpressed With Trump's Speech

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus made a silent but strong statement during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday, wearing African kente cloth to protest disparaging remarks the president made about African nations.

"The Congressional Black Caucus Wasn't Having It When Trump Mentioned Black Unemployment", one Huffington Post headline read.

"Let's stop the charade, let's stop the pretending, and let's be honest here: You do not care about black people", the 15-year-old said. "In addition, while the black unemployment rate is at an historic low, it is still double the rate of white unemployment and doesn't take into account the fact that African-Americans are disproportionately underemployed and underpaid". Some looked up or glanced downward. "They may not mean a lot to you, because of your high net worth and your unbelievable rap career that you've had, but to average Americans - average people of color across this nation - those jobs mean a lot". According to NPR, unemployment for African Americans and Hispanics have been falling since the Obama administration in 2010, and have not picked up speed under Trump's control.

The members appeared unenthusiastic while watching the speech, and did not applaud when President Trump touted his record with African-American unemployment.

Some that, while the black unemployment rate fell to 6.8% - still above the national unemployment rate - under Trump, the drop was a continuation of a change that began under President Barack Obama.

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