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As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude – The Washington Post

While Harper Magazine calls the Republican outbursts “nativism,” I am far more inclined to agree with The Washington Post’s accurate assessment that recent outbursts at the Republican convention constitute pure vitriolic racism:

“On Tuesday, convention organizers ejected two attendees after they reportedly threw peanuts at a black CNN camerawoman and told her, “This is how we feed animals.” Organizers called the conduct “inexcusable and unacceptable.”

via As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude – The Washington Post.

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).

President Obama, come to Oak Creek – CNN.com

Just two weeks after the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the victims and the killer are no longer the center of national discussion. Conversations that should have happened regarding white supremacy, racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia were swept under the rug. Meanwhile, the mainstream media failed to report the 8 Mosque Attacks in 11 days that have desecrated holy spaces and terrorized Muslim-Americans throughout the country. And while Ms. Obama will visit the families of the victims, President Obama has not yet done so. This article by Sikh-American Valarie Kaur outlines the consequences of his absence. To read full text, click here: President Obama, come to Oak Creek – CNN.com.

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