This week in Black images, the news bounced from the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with President Trump, to a shocking killing of a homeless man in New York by a racist, to a man who saw trouble in the streets and stepped in to stop it.
The CBC held a meeting with Trump to answer his campaign question to African-Americans: “What have you got to lose?” As it turns out, according to the legislative group, a lot. They presented him with a 130-page policy document titled, “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” Now it is the president’s move to determine what his own policy will be regarding the African-American community.
The POTUS actually did not have a very good political week. The Affordable Care Act replacement bill he and Rep. Paul Ryan crashed when there were not enough Republican votes to push it through the House. Many Republican lawmakers were not satisfied with the removal of provisions that the policy had when it was enacted in 2010 under President Obama without a suitable substitute. The issue is likely dead for the remainder of the congressional session.
But at least one person was smiling this week. Ibn Ali Miller received a commendation from the Atlantic City for his actions in stopping a street fight between two teenagers that was captured on cellphone video and then went viral. In the video, he can be seen stepping between the two boys and talking some sense into them, then making them shake hands. He received congratulations all through social media and even from Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.
But for every good guy out there like Miller, there always seems to be someone like self-described White supremacist James Harris Jackson, who told police that he had stabbed homeless Black man Timothy Caughman to death as he rummaged through garbage. He explained his hatred of Black men to police and said he traveled from Baltimore to New York to commit the act to “make a statement.” Police have charged him with murder, but were working on upgrading the charge to a hate crime.