What the Conventions Did for the African American Vote
Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions have finished, pundits, political analysts and more are examining the platforms, the speeches and what it all means for voters.
While the Democratic National Convention escaped unscathed, the Republican National Convention was tarnished temporarily due to a peanut-throwing incident involving an African American camerawoman for CNN and a couple of older white male attendees.
Despite the incident taking up the headlines for several days, the GOP released its platform in Tampa, Fla., days ahead of the DNC announcing its platform in Charlotte, N.C.
To discuss the conventions and their impact on the African American vote, host Jamila Bey held a panel discussion:
Sally Kohn, a writer, activist and frequent television commentator for Fox News
Shirley Husar, an urban conservative freelance writer for Washington Times
Steven Gray, a columnist and contributing editor at The Root
Tara Conley, founder and president of Media Make Change
Kevin Williams, director of the documentary “Fear of a Black Republican”
Tamara Williams, producer of the documentary “Fear of a Black Republican”
Bey also recapped the conventions and their impact on the African American vote with Voice of Russia correspondent Carmen Russell-Sluchansky: