Source: Business Insider
Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent professor of history at Harvard University, said President Trump was elected at least partially because of resentment that stemmed from the increased prosperity of black Americans. “Between Martin Luther King’s death and now, the black middle class has doubled and the black upper-middle class has quadrupled,” Gates said in a New York Times interview published Tuesday. Some studies since the election found Trump successfully tapped into racial resentment among white Americans that helped propel him to victory. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories . Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr, a professor of African-American history at Harvard University, said in recent New York Times Magazine interview that President Trump was elected as a result of resentment stemming from increased economic prosperity for black Americans. Gates, the host of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots,” was asked whether “the energy driving the current moment” was a reaction to progress for black Americans and the election of the first black president, Barack Obama.