Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday the bands and organizations that will march and perform in the inaugural parade.
One of the groups chosen is the Talladega College marching band. Talladega College is the oldest liberal arts HBCU (historically black college or university) in the state of Alabama.
The marching band put out a proud statement on December 22 of the great honor on their Facebook page, stating:
“This is a momentous achievement for not only just the College and the band program but for the entire state of Alabama! Keep us in your hearts and prayers as we vow to make you all proud!”
Could the pride the marching band and college felt at being able to perform at a presidential inauguration be controversial? Well, when Donald Trump is involved, yes. ‘Haters gonna hate,’ as they say, and it didn’t take long for social media to explode with negative and even hateful comments.
A sampling of the negative reactions included the following comments.
‘Akil Bello’ tweeted: “I will never recommend this school to anyone ever if they show up”
‘Maria’ tweeted: “I am so disappointed in Talladega College” and added the hashtags, #Shame, #WeWereSupposedToBeAUnitedFront.
‘Maniacal Goat tweeted: “As a graduate of a #HBCU I am very annoyed that Talladega would commit to this smh.”
To many Trump supporters or independent observers, the hate for Trump coming from some in the African-American community seems strange, as he didn’t appear to say anything during his campaign that would be obviously offensive, and many of his policies are targeted to helping people get jobs. Black folks need jobs too.
Trump reached out to African-American communities in the summer. At one stop in Michigan, Trump made the following comments:
‘Look how much African American communities have suffered under Democratic control.
“To those I say the following: What do you have to lose?”
“You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58% of your youth are unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
On a subsequent interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News, Trump stated: “I’ve been reading the statistics.”
“You have 40% in poverty, 50% of students young people, they can’t get jobs, it’s just like a total catastrophe – the unemployment rates – everything is bad.”
“No healthcare, no education, no anything.”
Although not elegantly said, to many, Trump made some very valid points. How have African-American communities fared under Democratic leaders and Democratic policies? But many found offense in his words.
There are those who simply will not approach a Donald Trump presidency with an open mind and will react badly to anything Trump-related, even good news.