At Republican National Convention there might be people of color , but that does not mean that the event is really about them or their experiences.
Trump has not said anything about the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29 year old Black Man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin but has urged the National Guard to end the protests there ‘FAST’.
Mike pence, the VP in his acceptance speech on Wednesday ignored the widespread protests against police violence by athletes in the NBA, WNBA and MLB to instead make the case for standing for the flag no matter what, he turned the Kenosha protests into an opportunity not to look at what is happening to Black Americans but to attack Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Pence stated, “Last week Biden did not say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across the country. The violence must stop, whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending pour freedoms to see Americans strike each other down. We will have law and order on the streets of America for every American for every race and creed and color.”
Navajo Nation Vive President Myron Lizer, on Tuesday credited Trump with including $8 billion, the largest financial funding package ever to Indian Country, in the CARES Act.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron aimed his arrows at Biden’s recent controversial remarks, that painted Black Americans as monolithic community.
Trump pardoned Ponder, a convicted felon and the CEO of Hope for Prisoners, Inc. who in a video thanked the president for going out of his way to support former prisoners who are rejoining society.
Cameron said, “Mr. VP, look at me. I am Black. We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own, and you cant tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin.”
Yet all this attention seemed less about engaging people of color than humanizing Trump and soothing his largely White supporters, who might want to back him without feeling like they are abetting bigotry.
On 2016, Trump won only 8% of votes cast by Black Americans. His standing among this demographic remains low. Meanwhile, the President has been criticized for his handling of the Black Lives Matter protests that have occurred across the country since Minneapolis killed George Floyd on May.
Trump, on last month, called Black Lives Matter as a symbol of hate, a striking choice of words, considering how dramatically public opinion on the movement has shifted.
The wider setting of the convention. Despite Lizer’s praise of Trump, tribal leaders have said that payments have been delayed and that the Trump administration initially opposed and low-balled the stimulus funding.
The convention illustrated that there is a difference between being a prop for political theater and having power, and that Trump is determined for this power to remain his.