While acknowledging "unfinished business" in the areas of racial justice, race relations and economic inequality after eight years of the Obama administration, the Urban League Tuesday warned that President Trump threatens black and Hispanic advances.
In its State Of Black America 2017 report, the group drew a "line in the sand" and warned Trump not to cross it.
"It is impossible to discuss the state of Black America in 2017 without addressing the shift of power and priorities in Washington," wrote National Urban League President Marc Morial.
Citing education and employment progress under the nation's first black president, Morial cautioned, "that progress, and much more, is threatened."
He highlighted the president's budget plans and a charge from the Southern Poverty Law Center that the country has seen a "national outbreak of hate" in urging minorities to stand up to Trump.
The report follows a January "excellent" grade that the National Urban League gave to former President Obama. In that report card, however, the group highlighted numerous and important "failures," so many that they totaled 42 percent of its review.
The annual report compares the "equality index" of blacks and Hispanics in comparison to whites on issues such as income. Among the highlights:
— On education, the equality index grew in one year from 77.4 percent to 78.2 percent.
— On health, it grew to 72.3 percent from 72.2 percent.
— The social justice index decreased from 60.9 percent to 57.4 percent.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org