In September 1989, Donald Trump was interviewed by NBC News as part of a special called R.A.C.E., or Radical Attitudes and Conscious Exam. During the interview, he noted:
”A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that. . . . I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.”
This interview was conducted 26 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream Speech.” One reporter for the Orlando Sentinal took offense to Mr. Trump’s comments and stated that he was still feeling the effects of a racist culture in our society, and in his article shared personal experiences of being mistreated at stores and restaurants.
Not only are these comments insensitive, but they’re statistically incorrect. The Racial Wage Gap is a real thing, and in fact, it’s become worse in recent years. In 2013, the median wealth of a White American was nearly 13x that of an African American, as per the Pew Research Center.
Oddly enough, these statistics haven’t been this dramatic since 1989, the year that Mr. Trump made these comments.
Orlando Sentinal, 9-13-1989
Huffington Post, 4-29-2011