To date, President-Elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Black people has been mostly limited to making vague promises from the safety of rooms full of white faces, painting inner cities as urban dystopias and posing for a few pictures with a couple black celebrities.
Kanye West came under harsh scrutiny for meeting with Trump shortly after being released after the hospital following what’s suspected to be a mental breakdown. The latest Black celeb to make the same mistake and end up in the Internet’s crosshairs after visiting Trump Tower was famed comedian and host Steve Harvey.Harvey met with Trump on Friday and posed for pictures in Trump Tower’s lobby. Afterwards, he explained that the meeting was about inner city communities and what kind of work can be done to help them.
“I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference in this area,” he said. “I feel that something really great could come out of this.”
Despite Harvey claiming both major political parties fostered the meeting, many on social media saw it as yet another example of a Black celebrity being used as a prop to attempt to legitimize Trump in the eyes of people of color.
Some admittedly support it. But many others, including comedian D.L. Hughley, aren’t falling for the trick.
“You know why you have a comedian, rapper and football player out to talk about the concerns of the community,” the Original King of Comedy said in a video uploaded to Instagram. “Because that’s the positions you’re used to seeing us in. You’d rather have Black people as comedians, football players and rappers than the President. You’d rather see us run the ball than run the country. ”
After all of the weekend’s controversy, Harvey announced that he wouldn’t be attending Trump’s inauguration, “because my wife said no.”