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Watching last night’s debate proved to be a less than an enjoyable experience. After covering the 2008 election as editor and chief of my college’s newspaper, The Spokesman – I can tell you by way of experience that last night’s “debate” wasn’t in fact a debate at all. Never have I witnessed a candidate for presidency conduct themselves in the manner in which Donald Trump did last night. It was visually and verbally clear that he not only had a lack of respect for the democratic nominee, Senator Hillary Clinton but also for the moderator of the debate. Countless were the number of times that he interrupted his opponent, shouting over her and ignoring the moderator’s request to let her speak without any further interruptions.
Lestor Holt, 2016 Presidential Debate moderator – struggled with getting Trump to respect his opponent and the formality of the debate.
Despite wearing a blue tie, which male candidates usually wear as a sign of respect to the opposing party or as a symbol of their desire for last minute votes, Trump illustrated neither respect nor did he manage to be effective in gaining a substantial number of new democratic followers. Trump’s actions, lack of political etiquette, and inability to answer questions in a detailed manner helped to solidify for many voters that he is incapable of running a country.
In attempt to gain popularity, Trump made up a fictitious story that damaged the credibility of a highly respected individual, our current president Barack Obama. Now whether you are a supporter of Trump or not there should be some kind of dislike for a man who initiates and orchestrates a continuum of such a distasteful claim to fame. Then again this is just another example of how despicable his character presents itself.
Another example of distaste while on the subject is perhaps Trump’s refusal to present his tax returns and why is that – the reason is because he accumulates massive amounts of debt and then writes it off every seven years, using the laws of bankruptcy. Look through New York Time’s archives and search “Donald Trump’s debt” and you’ll find articles about bad real estate deals – property management lawsuits, mechanic liens for unpaid labor – the list goes on and on.
The most disturbing fact, which Trump actually admitted to because Federal court files are public, was his participation and leadership in what real estate legislatures consider a crime – refusing to rent or sell to African Americans on the accord of race. The fact that he wasn’t alone in his discriminatory act, indirectly suggests the type of thinking he maintains in business and the unethical people he chooses as business partners.
Attempting to dilute the seriousness of his offense, Trump mentioned a club that he owns in West Palm Beach which he describes as “diversified.” Today, unlike during the 1970’s, business owners have to integrate night clubs and because his night club serves a younger generation which isn’t very caught up on race – it’s just a good business decision not to be a racist in 2016. Earning the maximum amount of return on an investment is why Trump integrates today not because he, all of sudden, is no longer a racist. In order to make a conscious decision that disobeyed the law and regulations of real estate, Trump had to make a distinctive decision to discriminate against African Americans – the inappropriate treatment of blacks was okay in the 1970’s and if elected will be okay during the years of his presidency.
“We need law and order,” he said when responding to a question regarding bridging the gap between the government and race. The response in itself means nothing. We have enough law and order that no one respects because the “law and order” disproportionately better serves certain populations over others specifically, Blacks and Latinos who are incarcerated in astronomical numbers compared to their white counterparts. The stop and frisk law that was imposed in New York was unconstitutional. Blacks and Latinos were frisked randomly and more than the white residents of New York. How do I know because I lived there for 22 years and witnessed people being randomly searched in Grand Central Station without any probable cause. The problem with the stop and frisk law and why it should never be reimposed is because not all people of color need nor want to be bodily violated at the expense of an officer who sees fit.
The solution to race is simple and I believe that Hillary touched upon it during the debate. Retraining officers is necessary. The way in which officers are trained and have been trained for years is in a manner that supports prejudice. The NYPD police exam depicts suspects that resemble individuals of the Black and Latino community – features are suggestive despite being illustrated in black and white. The academy that officers go through grooms them to find probable cause and identify suspects. How does one identify a suspect without probable cause? These individual “judgements” that took place during the stop and frisk era, were solely based on what the officer believed a criminal to look like which was usually, as reinforced by the images portrayed throughout their training, people of color. As a result, innocent tax paying black middle class residents were being frisked because they were black and lived in a underprivileged area of the city or perhaps just visiting.
NYPD Academy : Black and Latinos are hardly represented as clearly depicted. Hire more Black and Latino officers to serve Black and Latino communities! That’s a solution.
The fact of the matter is truthfully, I don’t care if you’re a democrat or republican – VOTE SMART and don’t be a follower of someone just because they represent your party. Do your own research and come to your own conclusion. Candidates are usually voted for based on popularity and the ability to relate to America. After last night’s frenzy, Trump is no longer as popular as he once was as evidenced by recent polls and he certainly can’t relate to the majority of Americans.
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Shana K. Timmer
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