Minority Groups: Obama vs. Trump

Graphic courtesy of Asiah FulmoreGraphic courtesy of Asiah Fulmore
Graphic courtesy of Asiah Fulmore

Graphic courtesy of Asiah Fulmore

The 21st century has seen three presidents of varying beliefs and speaking methods. The two most recent presidents have very opposite ways of addressing minority groups.

The current President, Donald Trump, prefers to use social media when addressing important or difficult issues. He uses Twitter to defend a point or stand up against his opposers.

One of Trump’s most recent tweets was in regard to minority unemployment rates. “African-American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country. The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history. Dems did nothing for you but get your vote,” he said.

Although much of what he tweets is covered in his own bias—as many politicians tend to do—one can pull out some sort of key information.

Trump’s use of social media may have to do with the dismissal he received during his election for discriminatory comments he made.

Barack Obama, belonging to a minority group himself, chose his words carefully addressing the public directly and on camera.

He was active in communities of color, and visited many communities directly. His cabinet even consisted of a diversity of men and women.

Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor under the Obama administration, said that “he [Obama] wanted to make sure that everybody had an opportunity to serve in this administration and that its diversity reflected the diversity of our country.”

He was inclusive rather than exclusive and ensured that everyone had a part in his administration where it was easy to feel understood and accepted.

Obama composed himself in public and spoke eloquently on important issues so that everyone understood and felt comfortable discussing these issues.

Both presidents have their own way of addressing the public and minority groups that could benefit from the president’s acceptance and understanding.

How one carries themselves and deals with opposition is a part of the presidential duties.

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