Steve Bannon, the far-right news executive and confidante to President Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak at an event for black entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., this month.
Bannon is listed as a speaker at the economic policy summit for the group Black Americans For A Better Future. The gathering is billed as offering “a Republican vision for creating opportunities for black entrepreneurs,” according to the invitation.
Black Americans For A Better Future is a super PAC that describes itself as a vehicle to “get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.” It’s run by Raynard Jackson, an African-American GOP consultant.
“We just want a fair chance to compete in this American system called capitalism,” Jackson told HuffPost, pointing specifically to helping black entrepreneurs get some of the federal funding that will come from rebuilding cities that were hit by the recent hurricanes.
Bannon recently stepped down as Trump’s chief strategist and returned to the far-right website, Breitbart, where he serves as executive chairman. Last year, Bannon called the site “a platform for the alt-right,” a movement that has rebranded white nationalism under a more innocuous name.
Shortly after, Dylann Roof massacred nine parishioners at a black church in South Carolina in 2015, Breitbart published an article glorifying the Confederate flag that Roof had idolized. Another article that appeared on the site called conservative writer Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew.”
Jackson called Bannon a “good friend” who reached out to him about how to help out with his project. He recalled that Bannon readily agreed to his suggestion that he speak at the summit.
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