CLEVELAND (AP) — There are few signs of sympathy for African-American victims of police shootings inside the Republican convention.
A speaking lineup arranged by Donald Trump’s campaign, facing an overwhelmingly white audience in a majority-black city, has repeatedly belittled the black community’s frustration. There have been almost no references to black victims of police brutality.
The program has instead featured people like prominent Black Lives Matter critic, David Clarke, a Wisconsin sheriff who drew a massive ovation by declaring “Blue Lives Matter.”
The “Blue Lives Matter” call in particular aggravates many minority voters, in Ohio and elsewhere, who make up a growing segment of the electorate.
Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson says the Republican approach “has been about a return to the days of white supremacy.”