Conservative black leaders met with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, where they urged the administration to support policing reforms and shared ideas about other initiatives to benefit black communities.
The meeting was held ahead of Trump’s visit to Dallas, Texas, Thursday where he held a similar meeting with black leaders to discuss racial issues as the administration works out the final details of its own police reform proposal in the wake of nationwide protests following the officer-involved death of George Floyd.
“A lot of these things are systemic,” said Ja’Ron Smith, assistant to the president on domestic policy at Wednesday’s meeting. “We need to break down that system and fight back.”
“You know, opportunity zones, [historically black colleges and universities], criminal justice reform, those are reversing some systemic issues,” Smith said, highlighting some of the administration’s previous achievements.
He also stressed that the administration is looking at other layers of systemic issues.
“We just saw what COVID shined a spotlight on, on access to capital; it shined a light on health disparities. Recently, with the protests, how can we create better policing and community relations?” Smith asked.
“One thing we have done over the last couple of weeks is listening to individuals, and now we have some solutions, and those are things we are going to continue to work through as an administration.”
Wednesday’s White House meeting was also attended by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Pastor Darrell Scott, conservative radio host Wayne Dupree, Republican political consultant Raynard Jackson, and radio host Sonnie Johnson, among others.
Kareem Lanier of the Urban Revitalization Coalition said the president has been “nothing short of historic for black America,” citing the criminal justice reform and Opportunity Zones Initiative. But Lanier added that the “current issue that we’re having right now is police reform.”
He stressed that police reform is “so much needed.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith