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A Troubling Chant on the Convention Floor—By Jack Hitt (Harper’s Magazine)

I guess the convention organizers forgot to tell some of their attendees that they’re trying to perform “diversity.” I’ve noticed Puerto Rican delegates mentioned two times during this year’s Republican convention : 1.)  when noting that organizers filled the first few rows with minorities to show how diverse and accepting they are; and 2.) when attendees heckled a Puerto Rican speaker for her accent:

The Puerto Rican correspondent turned to me and asked, “Is this happening?” I said I honestly didn’t know what was happening—it was astonishing to see all the brittle work of narrative construction that is a modern political convention suddenly crack before our eyes. None of us could quite believe what we were seeing: A sea of twentysomething bowties and cowboy hats morphing into frat bros apparently shrieking over (or at) a Latina. RNC chairman Reince Priebus quickly stepped up and asked for order and respect for the speaker, suggesting that, yeah, what we had just seen might well have been an ugly outburst of nativism.”

via A Troubling Chant on the Convention Floor—By Jack Hitt (Harper’s Magazine).


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