As the president faces backlash over his decision to cancel a rally in Chicago, many in the country are wondering if his policies on race and policing are resonating.
Politico reported Monday that “there are few, if any, signs” that President Donald Trump’s policies are making a dent in police brutality or crime, with a growing number of people expressing anger that the president’s actions have not been enough to change the narrative.
“There are few if any signs that his policies are working,” said one man at a protest in Brooklyn on Saturday.
“And I’m just not sure that I’m going to be able to explain that to people.
It’s really complicated.”
Trump’s comments on race are not just coming from black Americans.
Trump’s remarks have been criticized by black leaders, as well.
A black woman at a rally Saturday in Philadelphia said Trump’s comments about the “Black Lives Matter” movement have made it more difficult for African Americans to “come together” with their fellow Americans.
“We’ve had enough of this nonsense,” said the woman, who identified herself as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, adding that “we are not going to stop talking about this anymore.”
Black people in the U.S. have historically made up a disproportionate share of the U: more than 85% of those killed by police are black, according to a 2015 report by the Brennan Center for Justice.
In fact, black people comprise a larger share of those who are murdered by police than white people.
Black people are also disproportionately represented in prison.
Last year, the Justice Department found that more than 40% of all federal prisoners were black.
But the majority of those incarcerated were black males.
Black Americans have been targeted by the criminal justice system for decades, including by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
The Trump administration has since taken a number of steps to reduce the number of African Americans behind bars, including the release of thousands of inmates from federal and state prisons.
The Brennan Center found that black Americans have suffered disproportionate prison and jail overcrowding and were disproportionately involved in the criminal-justice system.
In 2016, African Americans made up about 30% of the prisoners behind bars but comprised 37% of prisoners in the federal prison system.
But in 2015, black inmates comprised only 12% of federal prisoners and only 11% of state prisoners.
“Black people aren’t only incarcerated in prisons, they’re incarcerated at a higher rate than white men, too,” said John Butler, director of the Brennan Centre.
“That’s a problem, and we need to work on addressing it.”
Trump has previously taken issue with police violence, saying he wants to reduce police brutality and racial bias in law enforcement.
Trump has been criticized for his decision not to cancel his rally in Milwaukee, which drew a large crowd of protesters.
He also faced backlash for not canceling a visit to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where police officers killed Alton Sterling, a black man, and Philando Castile, a white man, last year.