Judging from columnists of color who weighed in this week, the declarations from Donald J. Trump that he is appealing to more than a handful beyond his white base are little more than pipe dreams. And that is by design, they said.
"At the Republican Convention, this is what it boiled down to," Julianne Hing wrote in the Nation Tuesday about the new Republican presidential nominee. "Police officers, white people, they are the infallible. Anyone who’s been victimized by a brown-skinned mass shooter or undocumented immigrant — they are the sympathetic. Everyone else — that is, black people, Muslims, or those who are confused for them, and immigrants — is suspect. . . ."
Héctor Tobar, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, wrote Wednesday, "The nomination of Mr. Trump by the Republican Party will endure in the memory of Latinos in this country for generations to come. Our future historians will write about the Trump campaign and the nativist anger it unleashed with the same sense of hurt that African-Americans feel when they look back on the cruelties of Jim Crow, and that Asian-Americans experience as they contemplate the injustice of the Chinese Exclusion Act. . . ."
Some seized on the Washington Post's report that an estimated 18 blacks were among the 2,472 delegates.
"Although that handful includes some of Trump’s most vociferous backers, the overall lack of ethnic diversity at the convention illustrates one of his greatest challenges: how to court black voters after four decades of controversy over his racial views, including campaign-trail rhetoric that has alienated many minorities," Michael Kranish wrote in the Post on Wednesday.
The rhetoric brought back memories of painful racist pasts. "Leave aside that Trump may not be aware that his 'America First' doctrine has the ugly echo of the name used by a movement of Nazi appeasers and sometimes anti-Semites who tried to keep the United States from entering World War II," Indira A.R. Lakshmanan wrote Friday in the Boston Globe.
Emil Guillermo wrote Friday for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, "When I heard Trump link immigration and terrorism by saying, 'We don't want them in our country,' it rekindled the fear-mongering hate rhetoric of the 1930s that led to the exclusion of Filipinos to America."
Guest columnist Hannah Kubbins added Thursday for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, "At a June 10 campaign rally in Virginia, Trump's racism was on full display." She noted Trump's continual references to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as "Pocahontas" after her claim to be part Cherokee and Delaware.
"There's some debate as to the actual nature of Warren's Native American heritage, but calling her 'Pocahontas' makes casual racism against Native Americans seem acceptable," Kubbins wrote.
"This ultimately isn't about whether Warren is Native American, or how Trump has once again made inappropriate comments. This is actually about whether or not the Republican Party is comfortable supporting a man who is dismissive of an entire culture when he uses offensive terms with no knowledge of their historical and cultural significance.
"Matoaka, Pocahontas' historically accurate name, agreed to a marriage to a white man to save her family. Chief Wahunsenaca (also known as Powhatan), her father, agreed to the marriage in order to avoid likely reprisals from white colonists if he refused. . . ."
For other commentators of color, it was simply that there was no "there" there — by Trump or his convention supporters.
"Bruce LeVell, chairman of Trump’s National Diversity Coalition, said Trump is being unfairly stereotyped as 'racist,' " Mary Mitchell wrote Friday in the Chicago Sun-Times.
"But that’s a tough sell when the first thing Trump said he is going to do is 'liberate' citizens from violence without uttering one word about the young black men who have been killed unjustly by police. . . ."
Sharon Broussard wrote Friday for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland that "in an effort to win the votes of the white working class, currently its prized demographic, convention speakers talked more about racial problems than [they] did about racial solutions. . . ."
"I get tired of hearing Republicans accuse African Americans of blindly clinging to the Democratic Party without considering why that might seem to be the case," Harold Jackson wrote Friday for the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It’s not just that their party only pays lip service to adding more African Americans to its ranks. On the issues most important to black voters — income disparity, public education, fair justice, access to health care — the GOP is out of step. And Trump seems uninterested in doing better."
The lack of commitment to issues of concern seemed equally true for Native Americans. indianz.com wrote Friday, "Trump avoided talking about the environment and climate change and only made a brief mention about increasing energy production, an issue high on the agenda for tribes and tribal activists.
"Elsewhere, Trump advanced several ideas that could negatively impact the first Americans. He vowed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the law that made the Indian Health Care Improvement Act permanent.
"Republicans have been trying to do that for years but Democratic opposition and a Democrat in the White House — President Barack Obama— have prevented it from happening.
" 'We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare,' Trump said.
"As president, Trump vowed to eliminate 'wasteful spending projects' within his first 100 days in office. With the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service already suffering from underfunding, that spells trouble for Indian programs.
" 'The politicians have talked about it — I’m going to do it,' Trump asserted.
"Trump also promised to 'appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution.' He voiced praise for the late Antonin Scalia, who remained extremely hostile to tribal interests up until his death in February. . . ."
In the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson suggested Thursday that Trump's smoke-and-mirrors approach applied to other issues as well. "In Cleveland, Donald Trump was like a corporate raider who engineered a hostile takeover — and then, at his first board meeting, put his feet up on the table and couldn’t remember anybody’s name. . . ."
Leo Almeida, cleveland.com: Ohio's Latino vote could be anti-Trump factor in November
Sharon Broussard, cleveland.com: Black Republicans are still waiting for their party to reach out to other black
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: Ted Cruz should have been booed for this
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: Big Tent Republicans have 18 black delegates at their convention
Michael A. Fletcher, the Undefeated: At Republican Convention, Are Blacks Just for Show?
Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News: Trump Speech Leaves Latino GOP Convention-Goers Buoyed
Suzanne Gamboa, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto and Stephen A. Nuño, NBC News: Trump Ends Convention as He Started Campaign: Linking Immigrants to Crime
Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Donald Trump's new heights of megalomania
Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press: At the Republican convention, where are the grown-ups?
Harold Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer: It's obvious Trump doesn't care about black votes
Hannah Kubbins, cleveland.com: Make politicians respectful of Native Americans again
Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Boston Globe: ‘I alone can fix it’ — the simple and dangerous appeal of Trump’s worldview
Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times: Trump won’t win black support playing on white fears
Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer, Cleveland: Donald Trump has a Funny or Die moment in Euclid
Askia Muhammad, Washington Informer: Uneasiness Settles Over Cleveland for GOP Convention
Andrés Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Trump was coronated like a “maximum leader”
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: Look! In the blue fog! It's … the Donald!
Jorge Ramos, Fusion: Republicans, this is personal
Raul A. Reyes, Fox News Latino: Pence has demonstrated how little he understands the immigration issue
Geraldo Rivera, Fox News Latino: Ted Cruz's speech was a Texas-sized 'insulto'
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: The GOP delivered a convention softball for Democrats to hit out of the park
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, NBC News: GOP Latinos See Vulnerability for Cruz, Who Said He's Not 'Servile Puppy Dog'
Terrell Jermaine Starr, Fusion: We asked black delegates at the Republican National Convention about Trump and the black vote
Terrell Jermaine Starr, Fusion: Meet the man with the hardest job in Republican politics
Héctor Tobar, New York Times: The Trump Affront to Latinos
Mark Trahant, trahantreports.com: Donald Trump's Republican convention is one big failure
Mark Trahant, trahantreports.com: #NativeVote16 – Trump’s metaphor: I will break treaties
Alex Yablon, the Trace: Why the NRA Stands Up for Some Black Gun Owners, But Not Others
"Donald Trump does not exactly have a record in public office that can be used to assess his likely performance going forward," vox.com reported Friday. "Nor does he really have a policy platform in a traditional sense.
"What he does is speak. A lot.
"Trump’s words — at rallies, on television shows, and in press conferences — have been the alpha and omega of his campaign.
"And his nomination acceptance speech, delivered Thursday night in Cleveland, is the biggest, most important speech he’s given yet.
"Painting a bleak period of a nation facing a 'moment of crisis,' Trump pledged an emergency response to a growing set of threats to the physical security of everyday Americans as well as a broad range of economic woes. The speech featured striking claims about 'chaos in our communities' and widespread violence, and a bold promise that 'the crime and violence that afflict our communities will soon — and I mean very soon — come to an end.'
" 'I will present the facts plainly and honestly,' Trump said. But did he? We counted dozens of factual claims in the speech, and fewer than half scored as true or almost true. But there were also plenty of falsehoods, misleading or disputed claims, or baseless accusations. . . ."
Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register: Humility could have defused Melania speech fiasco
Joseph Cariz, Taylor Leighton, Adam Thorp, PolitiFact: Donald Trump's GOP acceptance speech, annotated
Ed Diokno, As Am News: Where Are the AAPI Pundits on Cable News Shows?
Editorial, Daily News, New York: Donald’s diabolical dystopia: Trump's acceptance speech lays bare a grim, and deeply distorted, vision of America
Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post: What Donald Trump left out of his speech on murders in big cities
Alex Emmons, the Intercept: Oil Lobby Paid Washington Post and Atlantic to Host Climate-Change Deniers at RNC
Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune: 'The Trumpening': The best late-night jokes about the RNC, Night 4
Paige Lavender, Huffington Post: Here’s What Bernie Sanders Had To Say About Donald Trump’s RNC Speech
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Ted Cruz, a Man of Principle
Alicia Shepard, billmoyers.com: In Reality, This Was a Media Convention
"When Charles Kinsey, who was flat on his back with his arms raised high in the air asked the North Miami police officer who subsequently shot him why he had done so, the officer replied: 'I don’t know.' ” the Miami Herald editorialized on Thursday.
"Let’s hope such simple transparent honesty continues to guide any and all investigations into this dubious-looking shooting of Mr. Kinsey, a mental healthcare worker who was trying to coax a young man with autism out of the street where he sat playing with a toy truck. . . "
The editorial also said, "When police arrived, they ordered both men to the ground. Mr. Kinsey did so, the young man, possibly not understanding the situation, did not. Video clearly shows Mr. Kinsey in compliance. That’s when the officer fired three times hitting the healthcare worker in the leg. Why? The officer himself said he did not know.
"Here are some possible reasons:
"1. The officer’s weapon malfunctioned.
"2. The officer was poorly trained.
"3. The officer was following an unwritten rule that seems to guide too many officers these days: Shoot the black guy, no matter what. Here, Mr. Kinsey fit the description.
"The ensuing [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] investigation must get to the bottom of this. . . ."
Therese Apel, Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.: Black and Blue: Black officers in Miss. straddle line
Jenice Armstrong, Philadelphia Daily News: Eagles players meet with local authorities to talk about change in wake of protests about police brutality
Leah Donnella, NPR "Code Switch": 46 Stops: On 'The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile'
Eric Easter, Urban News Service: Whatever Happened to 'Officer Friendly?'
Editorial board, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.: Beyond conversation
Editorial, Native Sun News, Rapid City, S.D.: Rapid City police and the Native American Community
Chris Eger, guns.com: Black Guns Matter: The 2nd Amendment is color blind
Renée Graham, Boston Globe: Keep the Black Lives Matter banner up at Somerville City Hall
Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times: The Grief That White Americans Can’t Share
Phil Helsel, NBC News: Austin Police Chief 'Sickened' by Violent Arrest of Breaion King
Charles Rabin and Lance Dixon, Miami Herald: Cop who shot Charles Kinsey named; attorney disputes union chief’s claim
Tavis Smiley, Huffington Post: Mother Of Baton Rouge Police Shooter Speaks For The First Time: ‘My Son Had PTSD Which Went Untreated’
Samuel Vargo, opednews.com: Sorry, "I don't know…," isn't good enough
"Waheedah Wilson, who interrupted and then threw a sucker punch to an eye of Telemundo 62 reporter Iris Delgado while she was broadcasting in front of City Hall last month, pleaded guilty to simple assault Wednesday," Mensah M. Dean reported Thursday for philly.com.
"Wilson, 37, who has been jailed since the unprovoked June 8 attack because she could not afford bond for her $25,000 bail, entered the courtroom of Municipal Court Judge Jacqueline Frazier-Lyde wearing the same green T-shirt she wore during the incident, which made international news after it was captured on video.
"When given a chance to speak, Wilson said she regretted her actions.
" 'I'm very apologetic. You won't have to worry about me coming back in here for these problems,' said Wilson, who said she dropped out of school after 11th grade and had been living in a Broad Street homeless shelter.
"Frazier-Lyde sentenced her to 60 days in jail with credit for time served. The sentence means that Wilson will be released from jail in 19 days.
"Assistant District Attorney Elia Robertson said her office initially offered Wilson a plea deal of five to 18 months in jail followed by six months of probation for counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
"Defense lawyer William J. Ciancaglini said he counseled Wilson not to take the deal, which he considered too harsh for a single punch.
" 'It's Philadelphia. People punch each other all the time,' he said during a court break before the judge's ruling. . . . "
"The news media should acknowledge the proven scientific connection between virtual violence and real world aggression and stop portraying the link as controversial," the American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday.
It also said, "Virtual violence – violence experienced via media or realistic technologies – is an inescapable component of children's lives, and research shows that without guidance or controls it has the power to make children more aggressive, violent and fearful. . . "
The group also recommended:
"Pediatricians should consider a child's 'media diet' as a part of wellness exams, considering not just the quantity of media but also the quality.
"Parents should be mindful of their child's media consumption, and should co-view media and co-play games with their children.
"Protect children under age 6 from all virtual violence, because they cannot always distinguish fantasy from reality.
"Policy-makers should consider legislation to prohibit easy access to violent content for minors and should create a robust and useful 'parent-centric' media rating system.
"Pediatricians should advocate for and help create child-positive media, collaborating with the entertainment industry on shows and games that don't include violence as a central theme.
"The entertainment industry should create content that doesn't glamorize guns or violence, doesn't use violence as a punch line and eliminates gratuitous portrayals of violence and hateful, misogynistic or homophobic language unless also portraying the impacts of these words and actions.
"In video games, humans or living targets should never be shot for points. . . ."
"University of Michigan board Chairman Mark Bernstein and his wife will withdraw a $3-million gift slated to help finance a new multicultural center on campus after concerns were raised about naming the building for them," David Jesse reported Friday for the Detroit Free Press.
"The current multicultural center is named for William Monroe Trotter," the legendary black journalist. "It is the only building named for an African American on U-M's Ann Arbor campus.
"In April, Bernstein and his wife, Rachel Bendit, announced they would give $3 million to help fund the construction of a new center in the middle of the campus. Per U-M's standard procedures, the center was to be renamed as the Bernstein-Bendit Hall. The Trotter Center was to retain its name, but the building would not have the Trotter name on it. . ."
In a follow-up story Friday, Jesse noted, "After the gift was announced, U-M officials began to hear from students, faculty and staff who were glad for the gift but displeased to have Trotter's name taken off the building, U-M President Mark Schlissel said during Thursday's board meeting."
He quoted Bernstein saying, “It was not our intention to diminish the Trotter name.
“ 'When we realized that it (the gift) was not necessary for the building to be built, and hearing from people on campus about their concerns, we decided to restart the process. We have never sought to put our name on anything at the university. The bulk of our philanthropy we have done privately.
"We wanted to make this gift as a public statement of our commitment to this important issue. We appreciate this is an enormously complicated issue and situation. We wanted to show that we, as white Jewish leaders, are very supportive of the work being done."
Withdrawal of the gift means the name will stay the same. Bernstein said he and his wife will look for other ways to help support multiculturalism on campus, Jesse reported.
"People of color are significantly underrepresented among public broadcasting executives, according to a new report from Current, the trade publication covering public media," Current said in an announcement Thursday.
"While public radio and TV in the U.S. are more diverse than other media, the inclusion of 67 minority-owned public stations in national data makes the workforce appear more inclusive than it actually is.
"According to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, people of color held 21.7 percent of executive and management jobs in public TV and 20 percent in public radio in 2015. But those figures drop to 13.7 percent in TV and 12 percent in radio if local stations operated by African-American, Hispanic, Native-American and multicultural organizations are excluded.
"Racial minorities make up about 23 percent of the U.S. population, according to Census data. When white Hispanics are added, the percentage rises to 38 percent.
"Public media’s employment trends compare favorably to the findings of the latest Radio Television and Digital News Association survey on newsroom diversity. At TV stations that air local news, 8.6 percent of general managers were people of color; in radio, 3.6 percent.
“We have reported extensively on public media’s service to diverse audiences but have never examined how staffing and leadership can influence what public media sounds and looks like from the inside,” said Karen Everhart, Current’s managing editor.
"The report is a centerpiece of Doubling Down on Diversity, a special edition of Current covering national and local efforts to diversify public media’s workforce, content and audience. In addition to a look at station leadership, Current reports on:
The national oral-history project StoryCorps and its efforts to reflect the audiences it aims to engage and serve;
"Funded in part by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this Current edition will be distributed in August at the joint convention of the National Associations of Black and Hispanic Journalists and the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference. . . ."
Keith Woods, current.org: Focus on sources’ race won’t be enough to close public radio’s diversity deficit
"Local morning news anchor Taylor Terrell died Thursday after falling from the peak of a waterfall in North Carolina on the evening before her 25th birthday, officials said," Laura Corley reported Friday for the Telegraph in Macon, Ga.
"Terrell, of Conyers, anchored 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today.
“ 'Taylor was a hard worker with a bright smile. She rose through the ranks from intern to reporter, to weekend anchor, to morning anchor and was eager to prepare for her next chapter,' News Director Brandon Long wrote in an email to The Telegraph. 'This is a devastating loss for us here at 41NBC and most definitely for her family.' . . .”
Sarah Glover, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, said in a statement, "Taylor was one of our young stars and it’s so sad to receive the news that she passed away. She was a go-getter in the newsroom and a committed member of NABJ. . . . "
For Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, "The end came Thursday afternoon, with 21st Century Fox, parent of Fox News, announcing that Ailes was out after 20 years and that owner Rupert Murdoch would step into the void as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and the Fox Business Channel," David Zurawik reported for the Baltimore Sun. He also wrote, "What Ailes did as a media businessman makes him a monster in the same positive way that sports announcers label Orioles first baseman Chris Davis a monster when he hits a towering, tape-measure home run. The idea is that he's bigger and stronger than the other players on the field — almost superhuman. . . ."
Robert A. George, a black former aide to Newt Gingrich who became associate editorial page editor at the New York Post in 1999, is editorializing for its tabloid rival, the Daily News, which considers itself more liberal than the Post. "I left The Post March 10 and started at The News March 14," George messaged Journal-isms on Friday. "The News folks approached me and I’d known many of them for some time — a bunch of smart people. After 16 years at The Post, this looked to be an interesting place to learn new things and get a sense of city politics and policy from a different perspective. Looking at national politics from a different perspective was also a major incentive." Michael Benjamin, a Democratic former assemblyman from the Bronx, took George's slot at the Post.
"Not even this, not even the national embarrassment of losing the National Basketball Association All-Star Game will turn Republicans in the General Assembly away from House Bill 2, the law scuttling a Charlotte city ordinance allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity," the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., editorialized on Thursday. It concluded, "Legislating by ideology rarely turns out well, and HB2 is a shining, or rather tarnished, example of that."
"WGBH Senior Reporter Phillip Martin came across an individual story of deprivation in Venezuela that connects in ways even more personal right at WGBH," the Boston public radio station said Friday in introducing a story by Martin. "So often we pass security guards in hallways or as we skirt pass the front desks of buildings everywhere, exchanging pleasantries but little else," Martin said. "The deeper lives of the people behind those uniforms often remain unknown to the people they are entrusted to protect. So it was with a guard here at WGBH: I knew his name was Luis, but I did not know his story. . . ."
ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, said Friday that it is offering stipends to "five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets — newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. We want to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach. Students can apply for the stipends annually. Those selected will receive $4,500 per semester. Each student in our Emerging Reporters Program will also receive ongoing mentoring from ProPublica’s reporters and editors. We’ll also bring you to our newsroom in New York for a week. . . ."
Penfield Tate has joined Denver CBS-owned station KCNC as a political analyst for the 2016 elections, Kevin Eck reported Monday for TVSpy. "Tate has been elected to the both the state Senate and the House of Representatives. He’s also served in the administrations of the former Denver mayor Federico Pena and former Governor Roy Roper." He will join political analysts Shaun Boyd and Dick Wadhams every Friday at 6:30 p.m.
"Alyse Eady is joining Fox-owned Atlanta Station WAGA's Good Day Atlanta," Kevin Eck reported Thursday for TVSpy. "Eady’s last day at Little Rock’s KTHV is next Friday. She joins WAGA in late August. She started working at KTHV a year after being named Miss Arkansas. . . ."
"Oscar E. Garcia has started a new job as News Director of KIII-TV in Corpus Christi," Veronica Villafañe reported Wednesday for her Media Moves site. "He joins the ABC affiliate from KFOX in EL Paso, where he was Executive Producer since February of 2014. . . ."
"Germany will finally apologize for its other genocide," Lynsey Chutel reported July 16 for Quartz Africa. "In a landmark admission of historical guilt, chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will formally recognize and apologize for the systematic murder of Namibia’s Herero people more than a century ago. . . ." Chutel also wrote, "Historians believe that the atrocities perpetrated by the German troops became a precursor for those perpetrated during the Holocaust…"
"Mexican federal authorities must conduct a credible and thorough investigation into the July 20 killing of Pedro Tamayo Rosas, a Veracruz journalist who was shot while under the protection of state authorities," the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday.
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