On April Ryan, Donald Trump, and Being Black in America.
Last Thursday, April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks asked President Donald Trump a simple question.
Ryan simply wanted to know if Trump would meet with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to aid in his urban reform agenda.
In response, Trump answered: “I would. You want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”
“No no no, I’m just a reporter,” Ryan responded.
I’m going to be frank: his comments towards her were offensive. Incredibly offense. The fact that the President of the United States has the audacity to respond in the way he did is mind blowing.
Would Donald Trump ask any other reporter to set up a meeting for a group? I think not. It was very telling. Once again, 45 assumes that all Black people know each other, and that a Black woman journalist is supposed to do his bidding for him.
I’d be lying if this level of disrespect for Black people, specifically Black women was new. For years, Black people have not only been oppressed, but also expected to obey and perform tasks for their ‘massa.’
In addition, Black people have been subjected to the notion that we are all the same, and of course, all know each other.
As someone who wants to pursue journalism in the future, I’m always taken back by the level of disrespect towards Black journalists. Not only do we have to fight just to get into that space, but once we get there we are recipients of such high levels of disrespect.
I wish I could say that this motivates me to change the narrative and fight for more rights for Black journalists, but in all honestly, it makes me wonder if it’s even worth it….
Those are my thoughts.