Can you believe a reporter from a newspaper serving predominantly black communities was denied access to a Trump rally?
This, by itself, is not a huge surprise. But the timing provides a stark (and depressing/enraging) contrast because a guy who hosts a local white supremacy radio show got full media access at the same event.
Naturally, yes, of course. Perhaps you also saw that video going around of a black woman getting assaulted as she tried to escape a Trump rally. That, too, is not particularly surprising. Just depressing/enraging again.
At this point it's getting kind of hard to keep track of the number of acts of overt racism that occur at Trump rallies, so I'm hoping someone out there is maintaining a comprehensive list.
For example, there's the recent assault, which involved Neo-Nazi leader Matthew Heimbach. He was apparently at the Trump rally to recruit people for his Traditionalist Worker Party. He later wrote of the incident, "White Americans are getting fed up and they're learning that they must either push back or be pushed down."
(The Traditionalist Party folks, for their part, say "we are not 'white supremacist.' ... We are identitarians and White Nationalists." Lol right such a difference.)
Oh and what about that guy who was granted press credentials?
His name is James Edwards and he runs a little show called "The Political Cesspool," sure of course. He's said that slavery was good, interracial sex is bad, and we need to increase the white birth rate. Once again, no surprises that to hear this sort of thing coming out of a white supremacist. It's just, you know, depressing that he was given access and black reporters were shut out. It's also enraging.
Meanwhile, white kids at sporting games have been chanting "Trump" and "build the wall" to taunt teams comprised of people of color.
And while we're at it, is Donald's son, Donald Jr., a racist?
Well, there's no way to be sure, but he sure did join a white supremacist on a radio show a few days ago. The show in question is called "Liberty Roundtable" and one of the other guests was, of course, James Edwards.
Oh and can you stomach one more example? At a University of Georgia rally, a group of black students were forced to leave before the event even started.
"As violence erupts at Super Tuesday Trump rally, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed at future events," wrote Daily News reporter Shaun King. He's probably right. When that happens, I wonder if anyone will be surprised, or just depressed/enraged.