Carnage, Crime, Gangs: Professor Robert Smith Comments on Inauguration Speech

Monday, January 23, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Robert Smith, a political scientist at San Francisco State University, said Trump’s description of inner-city poverty painted a “bleak” portrait of African Americans that may not resonate with them. “He used the words carnage and crime and gangs,” Smith said. “I would think one would want, as Lincoln said, to look to the better angels of our nature and say something that was more uplifting. Most blacks rejected his characterization of the black community in the campaign because he painted an undifferentiated picture of just chaos and disaster.”