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African-Americans are 'in the worst shape they've ever been,' Trump says in N.C.

Published Sep. 21, 2016

KENANSVILLE, N.C. — Donald Trump faced a swift backlash Tuesday after declaring that African-Americans are "in the worst shape they've ever been" during a campaign event here.

"We're going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever," Trump said during a campaign event at the Duplin County Events Center, where thousands of supporters gathered.

The comments drew immediate criticism on social media from critics who accused him of failing to consider the United States' history with slavery and North Carolina's history with Jim Crow laws and segregation. Kenansville itself is named after a man whose family owned a slave plantation.

Trump has been regularly blasted for the way he has spoken about the struggles facing black Americans throughout the country. Black leaders have accused Trump of stereotyping African-Americans.

"You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. They're worse, I mean honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities," Trump said Tuesday. "And I say to the African-American communities, and I think it's resonating, because you see what's happening with my poll numbers with African-Americans. They're going, like, high."