Today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) the international news media is making much of US First Lady Melania Trump’s emollient speech to the Trump convention. The BBC reported that Mrs Trump “made a plea for racial unity”.
“Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” she said, “Stop the violence and looting”.
It’s Kamelot, the Kardashian makeover of Camelot.
In Kamelot lines for a reality TV episode are delivered by actors who aren’t of the first water and don’t even pretend to being believable.
Meanwhile, Julia Jackson, mother of Jacob Blake, the unarmed Black man who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, made a heartfelt plea for healing.
When I heard the two women – Mrs Trump and Mrs Jackson – speak, I tried to imagine what Mrs Trump’s husband, President Donald Trump, would have said if Jacob Blake had not looked the way he did.
What would Mr Trump have said if Mrs Jackson didn’t look the way she did?
Why, he would have had her patched through to the Trump convention, by video, rightaway. Mrs Jackson would have been invited to speak to Republican Party voters, describing her pain and Jacob’s condition.
But Mrs Jackson is not white. Jacob is not white. And we have heard not one word from the Trump White House or Mr Trump himself about the shooting of an unarmed man.
Whatever Mrs Trump says, Mr Trump’s silence tells us all we need to know.