- John McWhorter: People are too quick to categorize everything President Trump says about African-American communities as racist
- If Trump has ideas on how to combat Chicago's violence, we should hear him out, he writes
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "Words on the Move." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)President Trump hasn't just let his inaugural speech comment about "carnage" in America -- as in violence in poor black communities, which is what he meant -- stand as a random potshot designed to rile up his base. This week, he tweeted that if Chicago can't get control of its murder rate -- 268 people shot so far just this month, 47 killed -- then he may bring in federal assistance.