Posts tagged with "People of color"

Trump aides see personal malice, not political strategy, in Twitter attacks on Baltimore, Cummings

August 2, 2019

After a week during which President Donald Trump was labeled a “racist” and a “white supremacist” for his affronts to “The Squad” of women of color in the House, the activist Reverend Al Sharpton, CNN anchor Don Lemon, Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland—and the latter’s home district, Baltimore, which Trump described as “rat-infested and  a “living hell”— the POTUS was asked by the media to explain his strategy.

“There’s no strategy. I have no strategy. There’s zero strategy,” he told reporters on July 30. “It’s very simple.”

However, most political pundits believe that he did have two underlying reasons for the attacks. First, he believes that his denigration of Puerto Ricans, immigrants, blacks, and others of color builds the loyalty of his largely white base nationwide.

Second, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal,  Trump was “set off by last week’s decision by the House Oversight Committee,” which Cummings chairs, to subpoena top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, for its probe into official emails and texts sent from personal accounts.

The news outlet also pointed to Cummings’ remarks at a news conference last week, at which he suggested further action against the administration was imminent. “There comes a point when silence becomes betrayal,” Cummings said, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People know this is the president. He’s going to fight back,” said one campaign adviser. “It’s not a surprise to anyone as much as it was before.”

Cummings responded on Twitter: “I will continue to do every day what I am duty-bounded to do—help my constituents to live their best lives and serve as a check on the Executive Branch.”

While Trump’s supporters have not come out in defense of the president’s remarks, they also have not criticized him to any great degree. Indeed, the Journal reports, Trump campaign officials do not view the gibes against Cummings as damaging to the president’s odds of re-election. The campaign sees the president’s polling numbers as most vulnerable when voters perceive the White House to be in chaos, when Mr. Trump’s base of supporters dislike legislation he signs, and when the president is perceived as “punching down,” one adviser told the news outlet.

In direct opposition to what he, himself, has said publicly, the president repeatedly has  bragged about his record on behalf of African-Americans. On Tuesday, he said African-Americans had “been calling the White House” and were “happy as hell.”

Research contact: Rebecca.Ballhaus@wsj.com

A ‘Green Book’ for the digital age

July 17, 2019

If you saw the 2018 movie, Green Book, you know that lodging was hard to come by in the 1960s, if your skin was the “wrong” color.

While the story has been fictionalized, the situation was true: The film is about a black concert pianist who took a driving tour of America’s South—and was forced to rely on The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guide prepared by Victor H. Green that listed safe places to stay nationwide during a time of racial segregation.

Unfortunately, that unspoken taboo still exists in many places today.

But now, CBS News reports, Evita Turquoise Robinson has created a “Green Book” for the digital age called the Nomadness Travel Tribe.

Robinson produced the new “travel lifestyle brand and community” from the recommendations of a 22,000-strong fellowship of black travelers—who share resources and experiences from around the globe in order to increase diversity in the travel industry.

“My focus from the beginning to end is always community. It started with a need for people—a need to be accepted,” she told CBS News. ”

“Nomadness was started eight years ago. We were really at the forefront of this entire movement and we are making a real dent in the travel industry,” she said, noting that the African-American community spends about $60 billion annually on travel.

Indeed, she describes Nomadness as “the ultimate resource” for people of color who want to feel safe abroad. It can be used, she says, “if you are going to Tulum, Mexico, and you want to know where to eat, where to stay, where as a person and traveler of color are you most comfortable and accepted.”

Put more simply, “We are a travel family, we look out for one another in a myriad of ways,” Robinson said.

Research contact: @nomadnesstribe