Even the way Mr. Trump posed his "what do you have to lose" question reveals his deep lack of understanding and compassion. He views African Americans as an undifferentiated group: "You're living in poverty," he says. In reality, of course, some of us are living in poverty, some are working our way up the economic ladder, some are comfortably middle class and others are enjoying economic prosperity. Similarly, some of our schools are indeed "no good," but others range from good to excellent. We are, Mr. Trump, a diverse community that has overcome tremendous racial barriers through hard work, perseverance and unending hope to get where we are today.