Republican National Convention staffers scrambling to remove Jim Crow-like ‘white elevators’ signs
At best, it’s an Oscar-level performance in tone-deafness.
Republican National Convention staffers are scrambling to remove signs labeling a bank of elevators as “white elevators,” the Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau reports.
Tau is in Cleveland, along with many reporters, gearing up for the Convention. The signs, meanwhile, are being frantically replaced.
“I’m told it’s being replaced for obvious reasons,” Tau tweeted.
According to the New York Daily News, the signs were spotted in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. It’s unclear how or why the signs were posted.
The discovery comes amid controversy swirling around the GOP’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, who has espoused what critics have called racist views. Trump has won the support of white supremacists with his rhetoric against immigrants from Mexico, Muslim and Jewish people.
His political rallies have also been racially-charged spectacles where black demonstrators were roughed up, threatened or beaten by white Trump supporters.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) July 16, 2016
The Daily News likens the signs to Jim Crow-era notices informing Black Americans they could not use the same facilities as white people due to segregation laws.