I found opening night of the Covid-19 version of the Republican National Convention refreshing. Unlike the last Convention in 2016, the leaders didn’t have to stage people of color for the camera to attempt to give the impression of diversity.
In less than thirty years, White’s will be the minority in the United States.
There were more 27-year-olds in the United States than people of any other age in 2018. But for white Americans, the most common age was 58, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.
In the histogram above, which shows the total number of Americans of each age last year, non-Hispanic whites tend to skew toward the older end of the spectrum (more to the right), while racial and ethnic minority groups – who include everyone except single-race non-Hispanic whites – skew younger (more to the left).
The most common age was 11 for Hispanics, 27 for blacks and 29 for Asians as of last July, the latest estimates available. Americans of two or more races were by far the youngest racial or ethnic group in the Census Bureau data, with a most common age of just 3 years old. Among all racial and ethnic minorities, the most common age was 27.
The convention’s theme for the first night was “Land of Promise.” But for whom?
The Presidents current messaging suggests, Suburbanites (whites) will be unsafe under the Biden and the Democrats. It was dog whistle to his base and a warning to those suburbanites who supported him in 2016 and is considering voting for Biden in November.
More than a dozen years ago, warning bells went off in the Republican Party as leaders reviewed the data, the tent was shrinking. There was talk of reaching out to the Hispanic community. They were the future. Then something happened. The GOP villainized the Hispanic community. Hispanics, were accused of taking good American jobs away from Americans. The illegals were coming in from Mexico to have babies and get on welfare. When Hispanics moved into the suburbs they were accused of increasing crime and reducing home values. Arizona and a few other states lead by Republican Governors proposed laws that encouraged law enforcement to stop and check ID of brown individuals and detain those who couldn’t produce identification.
The attacks on Hispanics increased in other states. These laws empowered some citizens to demand proof of citizenship.
June 16,2015, Trump Tower New York City
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably— probably— from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
Donald Trump’s racist words went unchecked. The GOP couldn’t criticized Trump, immigration reform is popular with the base. There are many within the party who believe the rapidly growing Hispanic population was having a negative effect on their communities. Much like the black community 40 years earlier.
The Republican Party Tent is rapidly shrinking. The party hasn’t made an effort to expand the base. The current base is white men over 60. President Donald Trump’s rhetoric continues to damage the party. In addition to Hispanics, he is has attacked Democratic Mayors of large American Cities,where most of the Mayors are black. He has no relationship with the rapidly growing Muslim community, his words “ The China or Chinese Virus, has resulted into physical attacks within the Asian Community. He has attacked and rolled back legislation created in the Obama administration for LGBTQ community and his unofficial support of White hate groups has had a negative impact on the Jewish Community. How does the Republican Party heal these wounds?
Monday August 24, 2020 ” The Republican National Convention” Charlotte, North Carolina
I found opening night of the Covid-19 version of the Republican National Convention refreshing. Unlike the last Convention in 2016, the leaders didn’t have to stage people of color for the camera to attempt to give the impression of diversity. While Diversity in the Democratic Party isn’t an issue. Its very Challenging for the GOP and the Trump Administration needs a search party. Last night we saw a few people of color and I suspect we will see a few every night of this Convention.
The following, are excerpts from two prominent Republicans of Color
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is the highest ranking African American in the GOP.
Last night he visited two issues that aren;t likely to be visited again during convention. The Corona Virus and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to unarmed Black Americans killed by the police.
“Our country is experiencing something none of us envisioned. From a global pandemic, to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, 2020 has tested our nation in ways we haven’t seen for decades,” Scott said.Scott said that this coming election is “not solely about Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It’s about the promise of America.”
History has taught us that path only leads to pain and misery, especially for hard-working people hoping to rise,”
Nikki R. Haley, the former governor of South Carolina who served the Trump administration as ambassador to the United Nations.
There is one more important area where our president is right. He knows that political correctness and cancel culture are dangerous, and just plain wrong. In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country.
America is a story that’s a work in progress. Now is the time to build on that progress and make America even freer, fairer, and better for everyone. That’s why it’s so tragic to see so much of the Democratic Party turning a blind eye towards riots and rage. The American people know we can do better. And of course we value and respect every Black life. The Black cops who have been shot in the line of duty, they matter. The Black small business owners who have watched their life’s work go up in flames, they matter. The Black kids who’ve been gunned down on the playground, their lives matter too. And their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets.
I predict a sprinkling of Republicans of Color during convention. Expect speeches of how the Democrats are not good for people of color. How the Democratic Party has taken people for color for granted. All designed for the base, not to expand the tent.
No one expects the Trump-Pence campaign to visit communities of color.
The Republicans calls this campaign ” Culture Wars” Them vs US.
Them (White) and Us
What happens to the Republican Party after Trump? Silence has crippled the party. The healing, rebuilding will be slow and painful. People have long memories.