President Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination gave him an opportunity to do something he has so far failed to do in explicit terms.
It gave him a prime-time TV platform to reassure Black Americans that he understood the grief, rage and aching sense of deja vu that strike them when they see footage of another Black person killed or injured by police.
He didn’t take it.
Instead, while standing on a stage outside the White House, Trump accused demonstrators of bringing anarchy to the nation’s cities. He sidestepped America’s long-standing racism and the police brutality against Black people that have sent protesters into the streets.
“When there is police misconduct, the justice system must hold wrongdoers