- John McWhorter: Don't expect Trump to be sensitive on race issues, but that does not mean he can't do a lot of good for black people
- Like LBJ and JFK, Trump can have an impact, if he takes two concrete steps, McWhorter says
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 own.
(CNN)Donald Trump, seemingly oblivious to so much of what used to be considered presidential decorum, has already learned at least some of America's race drill. This week he met with presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, mentioned Black History Month at the top of his speech to Congress, had assorted black people sitting next to his wife during the latter, and so on.