Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak on the nation’s largest black-owned Christian television network.
This should be positive news for the candidate who is barely in single digits with support from the African-American community as he faces the fall election.
Trump has been blasted by members of the community, the campaign of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and pundits for reaching out to black voters while speaking in front of predominantly white audiences.
Trump has been ridiculed for not going into black churches or before such groups as the NAACP to speak when invited.
The Trump campaign and surrogates have pushed back saying that the audience does not matter since the speeches are televised nationwide. They say that Trump is not speaking to the audience in the hall, but to the television audience and thus directly to African-Americans.
The campaign and surrogates have said Trump was trying to be respectful and did not want to go into areas where his presence would result in riots such as what occurred earlier this year when Trump spoke in California.
When it was announced today that Trump would go on the Christian network, owned by blacks and targeting a black viewership, this was a step in the right direction.
Not so say critics and pundits.
One black pastor was on CNN today and made it clear that Trump was not welcome to go into and speak to the black community or in black churches.
The pastor said he would be in the studio to protest Trump being on the network and beaming out to African-American Christians.
The pastor said straight out that Trump was not welcome nor should he be allowed to speak.
And therein is the problem.
How can we have an honest discussion when one side is ready to lock the door, batten the hatches, board up the windows and not allow for an open discussion?
From the Cornfield, I am not a fan of either Trump nor Clinton.
I am guilty of not understanding the perspective of those of color as I am an old, white man.
But in life, if we are ever to get along, we must be willing to tolerate each others’ opinions and views, though we disagree.
We must learn how to live in tolerant co-existence with one another.
To govern properly and do what is best for the nation we must learn compromise.
The same is true for getting along with others – even in our own families.
How can we learn or move forward when we close our minds to all competing thoughts?
As has been so often said throughout the years, I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.