President Trump has a simple answer for racial tension in the United States: jobs.
In his contentious news conference Tuesday, he argued that his administration would create millions of jobs and stronger growth in wages, and that this would have a “tremendous positive impact on race relations.”
“What people want now, they want jobs,” Mr. Trump said. “They want great jobs with good pay. And when they have that, you watch how race relations will be.”
But there’s not much evidence in recent history that racial attitudes are shaped by the ups and downs of the overall economy. Certainly jobs and wages influence Americans’ sense of well-being and their worldview.
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