E-mails! Wasserman Schultz! Rigged! No, these aren’t safety words in a Conservative bondage club. These are the headlines and opinions in the media on the first day of the Democratic National Convention… and judging from the social media posts, they are in desperate need of context.
After a chaotic start to the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump officially became the GOP candidate for President last Tuesday. Conservatives such as GOP strategist Ana Navarro were quick to celebrate the historic moment: “Tonight, a part of me feels like my puppy died.”
Which is how I felt by the end of Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.
Between Trump’s campaign chairman lashing out against the Bush family, the #NeverTrump movement initiating a floor fight and the night ending in a controversy of plagiarism, the opening day of the Republican National Convention did not disappoint.
Last Tuesday, 37 year-old Alton Sterling, a black male, was shot point blank by two Baton Rouge police officers while being pinned to the ground. Twenty-four hours later, Philando Castile, also a black male, was shot to death by police during a routine traffic stop. The aftermath of the shooting was live streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, who was a passenger (along with her 4 year-old daughter) in the car when Castile was killed.
On Thursday night, five police officers were killed when a shooter ambushed a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Twelve officers and two civilians were also injured.
To say the country just ended a bad week would be one hell of an understatement.