Apostle Thomas Rodgers, Sr. of Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries has a plan that he believes will tackle the issue of joblessness in America. Speaking to CNN host Carol Costello, the North Carolina pastor said Tuesday that his plan entails “returning” Blacks to Africa so they can build roads and bridges there.
The best way he believes this can be achieved is by allowing African Americans to have dual citizenship.
“African-Americans are the only people in the world who do not seek dual citizenship,” Rodgers said. “That’s why Chicago gangs, California gangs, the Crips and the Bloods and Detroit in Michigan — we have gangs in the streets because blacks have no vision, they have no leadership.”
Costello then asked him what he meant by saying “building a road back to Africa.”
In his reply, Rodgers said, “Matter of fact, where our ancestors came from, from the Indian Ocean all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, that’s 4,000 miles and we want to go back and help with the highways all the way across, to create jobs, train rails, pipelines, oil, petroleum. They create jobs for young people that can’t find jobs here; that the Democrats have not [done].”
He added that he believes his idea “would give young people in prison [jobs] just like Great Britain did.”
“So you are suggesting young people in trouble should go back to Africa, perhaps to find jobs?” the CNN host pressed.
“Not to go back, but I say to return,” Rodgers asserted. “It’s a clause in the United Nations charter, our right to return, to help build infrastructure. Everybody [doesn’t]want to stay here. We are skilled people.”
Angela Rye, Democratic Party strategist, cited that constructing a literal bridge to Africa wasn’t feasible before she went ahead and apologized for laughing about the matter.
Even though Rodgers’ idea hasn’t been seconded by Trump, it somewhat resonates with the feeling that many people have towards the billionaire businessman. There is a widespread feeling among minority groups that the billionaire New Yorker doesn’t mean well for them and that his presidency might introduce some policies that will negatively impact minority communities. It’s the same Trump who said he doesn’t rule out the idea of special identification for members of the Muslim community.
Ironically, Trump has been winning enormous support from Black church leaders, which begs the question of whether they support him for their selfish interests.