Ben Carson: Donald Trump’s New Deal for Black America Begins With a Good Education

In this op-ed for The Root, Carson outlines how African Americans need a new deal with clear policies for creating jobs, protecting our communities, making health care more affordable and renewing our urban areas. 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on Nov. 2, 2016. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Donald Trump often says things that many people believe to be true but dare not say.

He did it again recently by saying that nobody needs to tell African Americans in this country that the old New Deal from the Democratic Party isn’t working for them. Trump made the simple but accurate observation that in election after election, Democratic Party leaders take African-American voters for granted, and year after year, the condition of black America gets worse.

Trump is right: African Americans need a new deal from the next president. In a speech last month in Charlotte, N.C., Trump proposed just that, with clear policies for creating jobs, protecting our communities, making health care more affordable and renewing our urban areas.

The foundation of Trump’s new deal for black America is education.

Without a good education, it is very difficult to get a good job, support a family and have the sense of dignity that every American deserves.

All Americans know how important this is. That’s why whenever a family is considering moving into a neighborhood, the first thing they ask the real estate agent is, “How are the schools?” When Americans can, they pick where they live based on the local school. And if they don’t like the local school, they move.

The only Americans who don’t have this choice are the ones who need it most—the poor—whether they’re black, white or Hispanic. As a result of this lack of school choice, poor Americans are stuck in the worst schools.

Most of the very worst schools in America are in cities run by Democrats, and it is Democrats who oppose every effort to reform them or let the students trapped in them choose a better school.

The system is rigged. And the victims are largely African American.

Trump believes that the key to breaking out of this system is for all African Americans in this country to have the right to choose the best education that’s right for them. I totally agree with him.

So today, as America prepares to vote, I want to pose a few questions to every African-American parent and grandparent in the country about Trump’s new deal for black America, especially as it relates to education.

I hope you will talk them over with your family and your neighbors:

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