You have to love it when blacks go to war with each other. Respectable black woman Omarosa wasn’t actually given a chance to talk at a black journalist’s conference in New Orleans.
I thought the job of journalists was to gather facts and opinions, not tear people down. I guess that’s old fashioned of me.
A panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans featuring White House aide Omarosa Manigault quickly went south after Manigault refused to answer questions about the administration in which she serves.
The panel made news before it even started, according to Page 6, which reported that Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times and Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker refused to take part in the panel after they were informed they’d be on stage with Manigault.
“Cobb told Page Six that the reason for pulling out ‘wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa. It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.'”
Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault, almost as soon as she stepped on stage.
“Shame on you,” Manigault told Gordon just minutes after coming on stage. At one point, Gordon and Manigault both stood and paced the stage, talking each other down face-to-face. “Let me tell my story,” Manigault told Gordon. “Ask me a question about me.”
When asked about President Trump’s recent comments that police should rough up people they are detaining, Manigault said his comments were wrong. She said issues of police brutality are important to the Trump White House. But said she could not elaborate on private conversations with the president.
“You don’t walk away from the table,” Manigault responded when asked why she’d take a job in an administration seen by many in the room as hostile to African Americans. “Because if you’re not on the table, you’re on the menu,” she said. When asked about her work with the Department of Justice on policing issues, Manigault responded, “Google me.”
The crowd became increasingly angered with Manigault’s seeming refusal to answer questions about the Trump administration. She claimed she was there to talk about her personal experience with violence, as some of her family members have been murdered. Several conference attendees in the audience stood with their backs turned to Manigault, while others just walked out.
Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage. But while she urged the audience to be calm and look at all sides of the issues and hear contrasting viewpoints, Manigault silently ducked off stage, to be whisked away by her security detail.
NBC elaborates on Omarosa’s perspective.
But Manigault didn’t want to talk about Trump. She first balked at “disclosing confidential conversations with the president,” then stood up, pacing the stage as she sparred with Gordon. She was angry that he didn’t solely want to focus on her family losses, and at one point told him, “shame on you.”
He asked whether Trump’s remarks on arresting suspects were appropriate, and she brusquely said no, and tried to change the subject. When he continued to press her on the administration’s policities, she noted that she is often the only person of color in administration meetings.
“I sit at a table where I am not only the only African-American woman, but the only African-American at all,” she said, pushing back at questions about how much she was doing for the community. “If you’re not on the table, you’re on the menu.”
The nogs must be too stupid, too caught up in their victimhood to see the logic of the lady’s last sentence.