Every year, the nation stops to honor and reflect on the meaning and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. We think about our American heritage, the Civil Rights Movement, and our constant struggle to become a more perfect union, guided by the ideals of our founding fathers.
On this MLK Day, there’s a lot to celebrate. Under President Trump’s leadership, African Americans are safer, wealthier, and more optimistic than ever — and he’s just getting started.
MLK dreamed of a day when Americans would stand together as one people, united by shared goals and dreams, not divided by skin color. “We must learn to live together as brothers,” King famously said, “or perish together as fools.”
The political establishment cynically ignored that admonition for decades, exploiting racial differences for political benefit by making empty promises based on the notion that the government should treat people differently based on superficial characteristics. Donald Trump, however, is finally demonstrating the soundness of MLK’s advice. The President promised a better deal for all American citizens, no matter the color of their skin, and that’s exactly what he’s delivered.
Thanks to this President’s pro-growth economic policies, for instance, black unemployment has reached a new all-time low, and the black-white employment gap has shrunk to the lowest level ever recorded. In addition, black median household income is higher than ever before, and black Americans — especially women — are opening new businesses at a prolific pace.
This remarkable progress won’t just be a flash in the pan, either. Billions of dollars in new investments are pouring into economically distressed African American neighborhoods through the “Opportunity Zones” initiative that President Trump signed into law as part of his landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, laying the groundwork for genuine economic opportunity that will endure for generations. Meanwhile, more black families are able to provide their children with high-quality education through President Trump’s school choice initiatives, setting the rising generation on a path toward future success.
Our communities are safer these days, too. After a disturbing uptick during the final years of the Obama administration, the violent crime rate decreased in both 2017 and 2018, returning to the positive long-term trajectory we became accustomed to in the 1990s and 2000s. Moreover, the President’s landmark FIRST STEP Act is helping former inmates return to their communities as productive members of society, providing them with critical life skills that will allow them to avoid returning to a life of crime. That’s a good thing for ex-convicts, but it’s an even better thing for the residents of their communities.
President Trump’s success terrifies Democrats, who have long relied on African American votes while consistently failing to deliver on their promises to improve conditions for us. Simply by creating the conditions for economic opportunity, this President has done more to empower the black community than any other politician in living memory — and in the process, he has completely discredited the misguided notion that African Americans need special treatment and government handouts in order to succeed.
MLK advocated a race-neutral approach, asking only that African Americans be given the same opportunities as other Americans. After decades of lip service and broken promises from establishment politicians who shamelessly invoked King’s legacy while disregarding his wisdom, President Trump’s America First agenda is finally implementing the vision MLK laid out when he shared his Dream for the country’s future.
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, we should all take a minute to think about how far African Americans have come in just three short years under President Trump. This is exactly what MLK envisioned all those years ago.
David Harris Jr is a fellow of the Falkirk Center, Founder/CEO of Uncorked Health & Wellness, Inc., and the author of Why I Couldn’t Stay Silent.