Youngstown’s black, Hispanic communities react to election results

Donald Trump linked blacks to crime and called Mexicans illegal aliens, leaving many worried about their futures

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Many in the African American and Hispanic communities are worried about what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for their futures.

Blacks and Latinos were supposed to be the reason Democrat Hillary Clinton won the election but ultimately, they were the reason she lost to Trump.

Trump’s mouth did plenty of talking during the campaign, linking blacks to crime and calling Mexicans illegal aliens. Yet, he’s going to become the next president.

“He’s said some things that have really disenfranchised a lot of different groups, and so his payment toward that is he’s going to have to work extra hard to win people’s trust,” Pastor Cornell Jordan said.

One of Trump’s strongest initial ideas was to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It put his campaign on the map, but also deeply divided Hispanics inside the country. The day after the election, they’re still wondering what could happen.

“We have people who are very hurt. They feel alienated. They do feel deportation is going to come knocking at their door,” said Rev. Rolando Rojas, of the Spanish Evangelical Church in Youngstown. “Yet, we have other Hispanics who don’t feel that way. They feel borders should go up, more restriction should be given and people should be deported.”

Trump’s words were polarizing, but he also produced a message that made these groups support him.

Although Clinton won 88 percent of the black vote and 65 percent of the Hispanics’, the numbers trailed those which got Barack Obama elected twice.

“At this point, talk is cheap. Honest talk is cheap. We must be mature enough to know time will tell,” Jordan said.

Now these groups have to wait and see what’s truly going to happen in the next four years.

“What does this say about our country? We’re in for some change and, hopefully, it’s positive change and can bring hope,” Rojas said.

“We just need America to be America,” Jordan said. “In our toughest times, we’ve been able to pull through.”

All Americans acknowledge that the campaign revealed a deeply divided country. Following the election results, speeches from both sides seemed to tone down that rhetoric.

As pastors, Rojas and Jordan also feel prayer is going to be a very important part of the country’s healing process.