First of all, Donald Trump clearly didn't watch Jay-Z's whole interview with Van Jones because they do address the decline in black unemployment:
Van Jones even went so far as to ask Jay-Z if Donald Trump had a point — black unemployment has in fact gone down while he’s been in office.
Jay-Z’s response? “No. Because it’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. You’re missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings.”
Donald Trump always tries to claim that one little statistic means whole, institutional problems are actually myths. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean global warming doesn’t exist, and just because black unemployment is down doesn’t mean black people are suddenly treated like they should be in every area of life.
Second of all, black unemployment has been trending downward since 2010.
This is just one of several positive trends Donald Trump has taken credit for that we should be thanking Barack Obama for.
Just because it’s happening while he’s in office doesn’t mean he implemented the changes that are making it happen. Quite the opposite, actually.
Thirdly, Jay-Z gave an interview on CNN, and mere hours later, Trump was furiously tweeting his criticisms.
Meanwhile, Eminem published a 4-and-a-half minute long freestyle rap/rant all about how much he hates Donald Trump and the president said nothing. Nothing.
Eminem continues to give interviews where he absolutely slams the Trump, saying a “turd” would have been a better president.
But Trump hasn’t said a word.
Maybe he would if Eminem ever went on CNN (we know how much the president loves his cable news), but the more likely explanation is that we haven't heard from Trump on Eminem because he's white. And we have heard from him on Jay-Z because he's black.
Donald Trump’s disdain for people of color is well-known and well-documented — since he’s taken office he has disproportionately attacked black people. There is probably no group he hates more, except for maybe women. And don’t even get him started on black women.
But Donald Trump's racism isn't new, and it isn't a shock.
Racism runs in the Trump family — his father was once arrested at a KKK rally. In the ’70s, Donald Trump discriminated against black people looking for apartments. In the ’80s he vilified the Central Park Five, and when they were proven innocent, Trump wouldn’t hear it. During Obama’s presidency, he pushed the birther conspiracy. Right before he was elected, he called Mexicans “criminals” and “rapists.”
We don’t need more evidence that Trump is a raging racist. Though he keeps supplying it, we have all that we need. What we must do is find a way to kill the source of the problem.
As Jay-Z said, we’ve allowed this superbug to form. The Trump problem is about more than just Donald Trump. It’s about a society that elects and continues to support and enable people who spew these dangerous views and do so without consequence.