Local black community feels shock, fear after Trump win

Members of different Portland minority groups express concerns about the election of Donald Trump, Nov. 9. 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. -- President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory Tuesday night has sent shock waves through the local minority community, many of whom say they feel targeted by Trump’s racially charged rhetoric during the campaign.

“He’s a racist,” said Donsha Jackson, a patient at the North by Northeast Community Health Center in Northeast Portland.

Jackson said Trump’s policy proposals, particularly when it comes to his promised dismantling of Obamacare, will hurt the black community.

His No. 1 focus seems to be Obamacare, and a lot of us African Americans, we are protected by Obamacare.

“His No. 1 focus seems to be Obamacare, and a lot of us African Americans, we are protected by Obamacare,” she said.

Marlet Hurst is an employee at the clinic. She believes Trump rode a wave of white identity politics to win the presidency, and that kind of climate can do great harm.

Hurst has a 15-year-old daughter, who she said now feels less safe. She also said her daughter fears an increased feeling of white privilege as an unfortunate outcome of yesterday’s vote.

“To her, it means you can be a bully, you can say whatever you want, you can get whatever job you want, you can treat people any way you want, with no respect at all," Hurst said.

Hurst said she’s skeptical of Trump’s desire to unite the country after the election. “It’s kind of scary, based on what the candidate has shown us,” she said.


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