Detroit author: Trump's Detroit visit "cheapens" the black church, should be ignored

Aug 31, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to be in the congregation at Great Faith Ministries in Detroit on Saturday. There, he will reportedly not be speaking, but afterward, he will sit down to record a TV interview with the church's leader, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.

The interview will air on Jackson's Impact Television Network. 

Someone who will most certainly not be tuning in to watch the interview is writer and Detroiter Aaron Foley. He wrote an article about Trump's visit for BLACDetroit.com.

In his article, Foley said that Trump's visit to a largely black church cheapens the significance of that space and says that Bishop Jackson is using this as a "ratings grab" for his network. 

Foley told Stateside it's "problematic" for Trump to elect a meeting with Bishop Jackson.

"When you already have very combative views toward the black community, and then you have a pastor who is very known for... extravagance and flaunting, and things like that – those two things together, it's toxic," Foley said. "It's not right."

Listen to the full interview above to hear more from Foley, including whether he would feel the same way if Hillary Clinton was making a similar type of appearance.


Aaron Foley is an author and editor of BLACDetroit.com, a lifestyle magazine for African Americans in and around the Motor City.

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