On a Monday visit to the White House, Bill Owens, the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), said President Donald Trump did not seem to be a racist man. Owens’ thoughts came after several media outlets singled out the president as racist for his harsh description of the current situation in Baltimore.
On Sunday, President Trump tweeted concerning a statement made by the chairman of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings. In the tweet that caused a stir among progressive sectors, President Trump referred to the congressman’s hometown a “drug infested area,” according to the New York Post.
As The Christian Post points out, amid the tension generated by the episode, Bill Owens along with a group of 20 predominantly African-American pastors met with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House to discuss a range of issues affecting inner cities so that action can be taken to help these communities.
During the meeting, Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., mentioned the incident in which President Trump was called a racist, declaring that “he’s not a racist. Absolutely is not, and the programs he has moved forward, the higher job market is helping African Americans. What the president is simply saying is your communities need to be fixed.”
King also criticized Cummings, noting that the congressman said, “either abort the babies now or you’ll kill them later.” “He says things like that and then you look at his community and you see individuals suffering, communities suffering, and families suffering,” King said, according to The Root.
After the clergy’s meeting with the president, pastors answered questions to reporters outside the White House, and Owens responded as to whether Trump was racist by saying, “I find that hard to believe, considering the things he’s done for the black community … positive things for the black community.”
The president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors also refuted the idea that the meeting was an opportunity to clean up President Trump’s image in the face of criticism and accusations about the case with Cummings and Baltimore, The Christian Post reported.
Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich said Tuesday that President Trump’s tweets to Rep. Cummings bring a much-needed focus to Baltimore’s serious problems.
According to Fox News, the former governor pointed out: “It takes tweets to get people to focus in on some of the dire problems that we’ve had now for multi, for many many years a multigenerational failure with regard to our schools and flight of our small businesses and the drug culture and lots of small gangs.”
According to CBS, in 2017 FBI data concerning Baltimore,with a population of about 600,000, the latest figures reveal that the city has a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 inhabitants.