I chose this article in lieu of the highly controversial Republican National Convention and the issues of race that were brought into that. This piece is more of a summary of the various racial issues discussed, but all are very relevant to the topics we are studying in this course. For the sake of this assignment, I am going to focus on one topic in particular: the controversy over Melania Trump’s speech during the RNC. Mrs. Trump spoke on the state of the United States and her hopes for her husband’s possible presidency, but her speech proved to be inauthentic when footage of Michelle Obama was released, saying many of the same things not very long ago. What’s worse? Melania spoke in almost the exact same phrasing as Mrs. Obama. To me, this is laughable because of my own personal preferences during the Presidential race, but to many, it became a racial issue immediately. This was one of the first times in history when a white woman was accused of stealing from a white woman. What was she stealing? Knowledge. Intellect has historically been a popular issue when looking at race, as much of early 20th c influencers attributed whiteness with intelligence. Race will continue to be a hot topic throughout the remainder of the Presidential campaigns, which is why it is so important that we pay close attention to what each candidate has to say. In this course, we are constantly speaking on these difficult topics of equality and racism, so it is incredibly important that we can separate fact and fiction on racial topics in the election.
**Please note: I am traveling without consistent access to wifi. Please forgive my tardiness.