Trump’s Victory – Lessons Learned when the Improbable Becomes Reality

first_imgDonald J. Trump will be the next President of the United States. The world is stunned. Many people are fearful and doubtful of America’s future and the repercussions. It is an astounding victory, but whether or not Trump will be able to effectively manage the complex system that constitutes the most powerful nation in the world remains to be seen. His words and deeds would be under microscope. By traditional matrix, the competition was between the “most qualified” and “least qualified” candidates ever to vie for that position. It was her resumé versus his judgment, but he managed to make the election about her judgment. She argued that he did not have the temperament to become the nation’s president and he countered that she was not worthy of occupying the White House because of her character. After a hard-fought race, which divided the American electorate across multiple realms – race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic location, Donald Trump won. What lessons can we learn from the American presidential elections? First, elections are not always about the quality of the candidate’s resumé when the society is brimming with a quest for change no matter who the instrument of that change is. An experienced politician, Hillary Clinton had been a first lady, senator, and secretary of state. Those splendid credentials in domestic and foreign affairs were diminished by tapping into the fears of the poor and working class Whites. The improbable became possible because Donald Trump put the legacy of the incumbent president on the ballot. As President Barrack Obama and his wife made themselves and the president’s legacy on the altar, Donald Trump, the nativist candidate, called on the White working class electorate to repudiate it. He stoked their fears, anger, and hatred and extended the divide. White collar White voters, Latinos, Blacks and women failed to forge a coalition to blunt Trump’s momentum. Second, candidates cannot be over-confident of victory to the extent that they lose their sense of the political and socioeconomic realities in which the election is embedded. All the gauges that the elites used to predict the voters’ intention missed the mark so miserably. Pundits, pollsters, and the media made Donald Trump’s character and celebrity, howbeit malignant, the lenses through which they viewed his prospects. They did so devoid of the groundswell of anger and mistrust that existed among Whites in the rustbelt states juxtaposed with the apathy of some non-White groups, principally, African-American voters who failed to vote in record numbers. Donald Trump still did better than expected with African-Americans and Latinos, which had been solidly assumed to be a Clinton constituency. These two groups plus college-educated White women, who were understood to be turned-off from Trump because of his policy and acerbic rhetoric disappointed Clinton in her historic quest for the presidency. Essentially, when you are a known quantity in politics, overcoming associated deficits might just be harder than expected. Third, the fascination of the political establishment with the candidate does not equate to the appeal of the broad spectrum of the ordinary electorate. Yes! Even a large swab of the Republican leadership lined up against Donald Trump, and some past Republican presidents expressed the desire to vote for Hillary Clinton. Clinton became the center of gravity for the political and moneyed elites, even some in the liberal media. But her campaign did not track the reality of a populist fervor, the fear, and loathing of a majority of poor and working class Whites who were attracted to Donald Trump’s protectionist rants and raves. As Trump exploited the class gap, it depicted that he understood something about the slice of the electorate that the political classes did not. Trump delivered the “greatest upset” in American presidential history by neutralizing the gender gap and by appealing to the feelings of hostility and disaffection in the constituency. This is incredible and surreal moment that wrought a “new world order” is now one that requires a soul searching. The arrogance and smugness have come back to bite the political classes and the elites. Where does the country go from here? How do you bind the tapestry after it has been torn asunder in such a destructive and disabling way? Fourth, in politics, perception is often reality. The fact that the American economy is doing well and yet, Trump’s “Make America Great” slogan resonated with those who elected Trump is surprising. Trump has set some high expectations. He promised a Moslem ban, building a wall to fend off illegal immigrants, and to investigate and prosecute his opponent.Trump has set some high expectations. Winning the presidency is now insignificant in the face of the important challenges associated with governance. How would he overcome the underlying racism, sexism, and bigotry that he rode to the White House? To the American liberal, capitalist democracy is resilient. It has impelled Hillary Clinton to concede. It has caused Donald Trump to tell his constituency that he intends to reconcile the country. He has been generous and toward his competitor. Where does America go from here? Like the country, democrats and republicans might need to muster the steel in their own spines to study what they each contributed to the rather dark universe that they created. The volatility and uncertainty associated with Trump’s election has pushed the markets downward, which is making many observers across the world anxious. A threat to dampen America’s relations with many of its longstanding allies should the president-elect act on the many main-spirited, un-American utterances that he made looms largely. Trump’s presidency will be situated in a climate with a compliant Congress, a splintered country, and an era of widespread terrorism. Cumulatively, what does a Trump Presidency mean for America and the world? We all want to see better days ahead, and hopefully, this will happen soon. THE AUTHOR: Emmanuel Dolo is the President/CEO of the Center for Liberia’s Future (CFLF) based in Liberia. CFLF is a progressive think tank which conducts studies in Public Health, Economics, Education and Social Policy. He formerly served as an Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and before that as Head of General Administration, Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Affairs and Human Resources at Arcelor Mittal. 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‘Michy Batshuayi should have won the Golden Boot in 25 minutes’

first_imgIn an alternative world, Michy Batshuayi is top scorer of the World Cup with seven goals.— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) June 23, 2018 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Michy Batshuayi finally converts. But if he’d put away all of his chances today he would probably be the World Cup’s all time leading goalscorer— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) June 23, 2018 Michy Batshuayi played about 26 minutes and put up 2.65 xG in that time.That’s a rate of about 9.17 expected goals per 90.— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) June 23, 2018 Batshuayi should’ve boxed off the golden boot in this 20 minute cameo alone.— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) June 23, 2018 1 Batshuayi celebrates Belgium’s fifth center_img Few 25-minute cameos would have been so eventful, as Batshuayi had six shots – one every four minutes, including several guilt-edged opportunities.The Chelsea striker, ironically, scored a fantastic sliding half-volley in the 90th minute. It was the hardest chance of the lot and he could’ve had a hat-trick by that point.It led fans to suggest that had Batshuayi been more clinical in front of goal, he might even be leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot.Here’s what Twitter had to say: Sub-plot of Batshuayi vs the football gods takes over from Belgium vs Tunisia for the last ten minutes.— Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) June 23, 2018 Twitter loves Michy Batshuayi, and rightly so.But social media was less than impressed with his finishing in Belgium’s 5-2 thrashing of Tunisia. Michy Batshuayi could’ve been leading the race for the golden boot in a 25 minute cameo if he wasn’t finishing like Morata. #BELTUN— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) June 23, 2018 You’ve all misunderstood what’s going on out that. Batshuayi, presented with open goals, is saying ‘Naw fam, I can’t do this to them. 4-1 is enough.’ He is a humanitarian icon and a better man than all of you.— Darryl (@LordMoloch) June 23, 2018last_img read more

Sex crimes bill partly enacted

first_img19 December 2007Certain sections of the long-awaited Sexual Offences Act finally came into operation this week. They deal mainly with statutory sexual offences relating to assault, exploitation, trafficking and child pornography.The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said in a statement that the operationalisation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 2007, or the Sexual Offences Act, would “help intensify South Africa’s efforts to fight crimes against women, children, the elderly and the vulnerable.”The Act comprehensively reviews and amends all aspects of the laws and the implementation of the laws relating to sexual offences.It deals with all legal aspects relating to sexual offences in a single statute by repealing the common law offence of rape and replacing it with a new expanded statutory offence of rape, applicable to all forms of sexual penetration without consent, irrespective of gender.The Act repeals the common law offence of indecent assault and replaces it with a new statutory offence of sexual assault, applicable to all forms of sexual violation without consent, creating new statutory offences relating to certain compelled acts of penetration or violation.It also looks at creating new statutory offences for adults by criminalising the compelling or causing the witnessing of certain sexual conduct and certain parts of the human anatomy, the exposure or display of child pornography and the engaging of sexual services of an adult.It further repeals the common law offences of incest, bestiality and violation of a corpse, as far as such violation is of a sexual nature, and enacts corresponding new statutory offences and comprehensive provisions dealing with the creation of certain new, expanded or amended sexual offences against children and persons who are mentally disabled.These include offences relating to sexual exploitation or grooming, exposure to or display of child pornography or pornography to children, and the creation of child pornography.This is despite some of the offences being similar to offences created in respect of adults, as the creation of these offences aims to address the particular vulnerability of children and persons who are mentally disabled to sexual abuse or exploitation.Protecting victimsChapter 5 of the Act takes effect on 21 March 2008, or an earlier date fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette. This chapter deals with services for victims of sexual offences and compulsory HIV testing of alleged sex offenders.Chapter 6 of the Act takes effect on 16 June 2008, or an earlier date fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette. This chapter deals with the National Register for Sex Offenders.The Department said it trusted “that communities and all stakeholders involved will use the Act to fight the scourge of sexual offences head on, and that its implementation will go a long way in placing victims at the centre of the criminal justice system.”Some of the dramatic changes contained in the bill are that according to the definition of the law, the definition of rape will include a man being raped by another man, for a woman to be raped by another woman and for a man to be raped by a woman.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Remembering Keorapetse Kgositsile 1938-2018

first_imgSouth African poet laureate, political activist and academic Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile passed away on 3 January 2018 after a short illness. He was 79. Kgositsile became South Africa’s first poet laureate in 2006.Keorapetse Kgositsile intertwined politics, poetry and jazz to create a unique South African literary voice that will be remembered for generations to come. Kgositsile, South Africa’s first poet laureate, died on 3 January 2018, following a short illness. He was 79. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonBorn in Johannesburg in 1938, Kgositsile fell in love with literature and poetry at a young age, discovering the works of American poet and novelist Langston Hughes, and English writers Charles Dickens and DH Lawrence while still at school.On completing his schooling, he worked as a journalist and poet at the influential independent newspaper New Age; it closed in 1963 following its banning by the apartheid government. Kgositsile’s first original poems were lyrical and politically charged, attacking the apartheid government. While he was interested in writing long-form fiction, he felt poetry had an urgency and an anger that could inspire young people.The rhythms and structures of his poetry, particularly the scathing Dawn, were also influenced by African jazz tempos and the early American Beat Generation stream-of-consciousness aesthetic.A poet in exileA lifelong member of the ANC, Kgositsile’s political outspokenness in his poetry and activism drew the attention of the apartheid government and he was soon forced into exile, first to Tanzania and then to the United States. In the latter, he studied literature and creative writing at a number of prestigious universities, including Columbia University. Kgositsile published his first poetry collection, titled Spirits Unchained, in 1969.After graduating with a Master’s degree in fine arts, Kgositsile remained at Columbia where he began his teaching career. He also became a regular performer on New York’s spoken word circuit in the coffee shops and community centres of Greenwich Village and Harlem.While in New York, Kgositsile formed friendships with some of the leading jazz musicians and political activists of the era, including Nina Simone, Stokely Carmichael and Harry Belafonte. He considered the intertwining of jazz, politics and poetry an effective way to communicate the black experience, whether that be in Africa or the US, and as a way to escape the constrictions of a white-influenced cultural aesthetic.Elaborating on this idea in 1985, Kgositsile said: “There is nothing like art – in the oppressor’s sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. The walk of Sophiatown tsotsi or my Harlem brother on Lenox Avenue. Field Hollers. The Blues. A Trane riff. Marvin Gaye or mbaqanga. Anguished happiness. Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancer’s muscles.”He also used theatre and performance as a way to inspire revolutionary thought and political debate. He was one of the founders of the Black Arts Theatre in Harlem in the early 1970s, which brought together African and African-American poets, writers and artists. It offered them a platform to collaborate and formulate a modern black culture movement.Return to AfricaIn 1975, Kgositsile returned to Africa, teaching writing and poetry at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. He married fellow exile Baleka Mbete in 1978, and helped found the ANC-in-exile’s education and culture departments. Later, in a democratic South Africa, Mbete became the Speaker of the National Assembly and served as deputy president of the country for a short period.Kgositsile spent the 1980s teaching at schools and universities around Africa, including in Kenya and Botswana. In 1990, before returning to South Africa, he published his sixth collection of poetry, titled When the Clouds Clear. It was his first collection to be published in his country of birth.Returning to democratic South AfricaOn his return home, the poet became an outspoken cultural activist, particularly as the vice-president of the Congress of South African Writers. He helped to foster young creative minds through the  embracing of the black African voice. He was a fierce critic of the newly elected ANC government, which, he felt, had forgotten the important roles that art and artists played in the struggle against apartheid and their roles in voicing the hopes of a new, democratic country.During the 1990s, Kgositsile returned to the US as an honourary professor at a number of the universities where he had studied as a young man. He married for the third time, to respected US law professor Cheryl Harris. In 1994, they had a son (Kgositsile’s third child), Thebe Neruda Kgositsile. He went on to become an acclaimed hip-hop star known as Earl Sweatshirt. Kgositsile and Harris separated eight years later.thank yall for your thoughts and love— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) January 4, 2018In the last decade of his life, Kgositsile remained active as a connection between politics and the arts.In 2013, he was made director of the South African Department of Arts and Culture, and was a committee member of the South Africa / China People’s Friendship Association, which helped to form cultural relationships between the two countries.Kgositsile won the Herman Charles Bosman literary prize and the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize (Brooks was a former US poet laureate). He was also awarded the South African National Order of Ikhamanga Silver for achievements and contributions to South African literature. Kgositsile published more than ten collections of poetry and writings in his lifetime.In his final years, he became a prominent fixture on the South African literary festival circuit, mentoring a new generation of writers at events such as the Jozi Book Fair, Abantu Book Festival and the InZync Poetry festival. Kgositsile was working as a cultural adviser in the office of Gauteng ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile when he died.Reaction to the death of Keorapetse KgositsileFollowing his death, South Africans expressed their appreciation for Kgositsile’s life and work in contributing to South African culture.President Jacob Zuma called him a South African ambassador. In his statement, the president said: “Today our country mourns the sad passing of one of the giants of our liberation struggle, who was renowned for his accomplishment as well in the education, arts and culture sectors. Kgositsile was highly regarded even beyond the borders of our country and was a celebrated arts intellectual in the continent. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa called Kgositsile South Africa’s most influential and exceptional poet, one whose works would never be forgotten.Parliament also issued a statement, calling the poet a champion for freedom, whose legacy would inspire future generations to use culture to develop South Africa. “Professor Kgositsile… distinguished himself as an academic, a poet par excellence, and a champion for freedom and social justice throughout his life in South Africa [and] while in exile in many countries of the world and on his return home. Through his sharp and progressive pen, he contributed [to] cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning in the country and abroad.”Tweets about Keorapetse Kgositsile Kgositsile is survived by his wife, seven children and several grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.Source: News24, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How OpenLeaks is Likely to Work

first_imgcurt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#privacy#web Related Posts UploadingLeakers will be able to upload the documents via a “dedicated submission website” integrated with the media partner’s web presence but funneling the information through the OpenLeaks architecture. The leakers and the organizations via which they upload will be insulated from one another, as all leaks will go through the OpenLeaks site’s structure before it goes to anyone, regardless of where the leaker and the recipients are located. Given the political fallout from Wikileaks, the on-site uploads may prove a hard sell, though Domscheit-Berg claims the organization currently has about a dozen partners and is reviewing a large number of partnership applications..If, after a specified time period has passed and the designated recipient elects not to use the leak, the OpenLeaks process will make the leak more widely available, though how they will do this is uncertain. Uncertain as well is whether a leaker may be able to designate a sole recipient, with the uploaded documents being purged if that recipient passes. Corporate CultureDomscheit-Berg has said he hopes for the organization to be more transparent than Wikileaks, a notoriously closed system, though it is uncertain how that transparency will be achieved. Assange has written about Wikileaks as a government-impeding service, arguing that decreasing the efficiency of the current system of many governments will bring about a new, presumably better, system. OpenLeaks has made no such statements and seems to be trying to stay away from imposing either editorial intent or political intent, beyond a belief in the value of transparency, in government as well as other spheres. Open SourceThe code will, presumably, be open source, as one person associated with OpenLeaks has said, an aspect of the undertaking is “encouraging others to start similar projects.” Elsewhere, Domscheit-Berg has described Wikileaks as having “lost its open-source promise.” Other FeaturesVersions of the website will be available in six languages, including legal and technical information. The OpenLeaks website will aggregate links to stories and other publications making use of leaked materials. The site will itself be overseen and guided by a foundation charged with those duties. Top secret photo by Marcin Wichary | other sources: TechPresident | Zunguzungu | Dagens Nyheter | Wired A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In September, a number of prominent personnel from the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, left that organization. They argued that its founder, Julian Assange, was autocratic and heedless of the safety of those whose names appeared in the leaks the organization released. He also over-focused on the U.S. and his political goals were untenable. In November, the group announced it was creating a rival organization, to be called OpenLeaks. Although the site was scheduled to go live last week, it has been delayed until January. So we have cobbled together news reports and the founders’ words to sketch out an idea of how the site will work. The Big PictureOpenLeaks will provide whistle-blowers a way to upload leaked documents and to send them to particular recipients, such as newspapers, news channels, radio stations, non profit organizations, labor unions, governmental oversight groups and others. OpenLeaks itself, unlike Wikileaks, will not publish the leaked documents on its site. By-passing the editorial function is intended to keep the organization unencumbered political considerations. last_img read more

Senators Seek to Eliminate Policy Language Limiting Housing Allowance

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language in the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reduce service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments in many cases, including for dual-service military families and single members living together, should not be included in the compromise version of the legislation, according to a bipartisan group of 18 senators.The Senate language would limit BAH payments to actual expenses for rent and utilities, preventing personnel from pocketing extra payments if they find less expensive housing. The existing system offers military members a flat payment based on their rank and location.But the Senate proposal also would cut the BAH for dual-military couples in half, to prevent each service member from receiving extra housing compensation. And personnel who choose to share housing would see their individual stipends adjusted to cover only their actual costs, reported Military Times.“The changes outlined in S. 2943 would cause significant financial hardship to many military families and unfairly penalize dual-service military couples as well as single-service members who cohabitate in order to make financial ends meet,” Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and 15 colleagues wrote the leaders of both chambers’ Armed Services committees last week.The Senate provision also would bring about costly, new administrative burdens and unintended consequences to the military services, according to the senators.“Adequate research, planning and understanding is required before such sweeping changes can be responsibly advanced,” they wrote.Senate Armed Services Committee staff say the overhaul would save tens of millions of dollars without sacrificing service members’ housing benefits. DOD officials oppose the plan, describing the BAH as part of members’ larger compensation package.The changes are not part of the bill passed by the House. Last week, House and Senate conferees began reconciling the two versions of the annual policy bill.last_img read more

OBITUARY Peter J Michals III 80

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Peter J. Michals III of Tewksbury passed away peacefully after a brief illness on July 19. He was 80 years old.He was born and grew up in East Cambridge, graduated from Rindge Technical School and Cambridge High and Latin. An altar boy in his youth, Peter was a devout Catholic all of his life, and attended Mass each week as a parishioner at St. Williams Church. At age 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1957 to 1960. He was a member of the Air Police and was stationed in Germany and France. He often recalled his service and the traveling he did with the Air Force as among his fondest memories. When he returned from service abroad, he married his sweetheart, Camille Samaria (Michals), who waited for him. Together, they had three children.Peter attended and held degrees from Boston University, Lowell Tech, and Lowell State University, now UMass Lowell. He was a caring family man who worked as an accountant and had a small tax preparation business until his retirement a few years ago. He loved his family, enjoyed playing sports with his son, and spent 15 years as a volunteer coach for Tewksbury Little League baseball. He was also a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Camille; daughter Debra Michals and son-in-law Mark Antinoro of Newburyport; son Peter and daughter-in-law Kelly Curley of Contoocook, NH; grandson Cori Michals and granddaughter Ashley Michals of New Hampshire; step-grandchildren Sarah Antinoro and Melanie Antinoro of Acton, MA, and Casey Curley of Pensacola, FL.; his sister Janet Tosto of Tewksbury; and many nieces and nephews. His was predeceased by a daughter, Camille Marie “Camie.”Memorial Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, July 25, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte. 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, followed by a Memorial Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Williams Church, 1351 Main St. (Rte. 38) Tewksbury. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, No. Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or visit Peter’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring staff of Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington.Peter J. Michals III(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Tewksbury Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Washingtonian Magazine Ad Campaign About DC Manages to Include Zero Black People

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAlthough White residents may now make up 44 percent of the District’s population, Washington, D.C., once coined “Chocolate City,” is still majority African American with 47.7 percent of residents identifying as Black, according to the U.S. Census.Washingtonian Magazine completely disregarded the District’s majority population in a recently launched social media campaign.  In a series of photos located in various places around the city, people are seen wearing shirts that read, “I’M NOT A TOURIST.  I LIVE HERE.”  Every single person featured in the campaign- a campaign about living in a predominantly Black city- is White.A screenshot of the from Tony Lewis Jr.’s Instagram account admonishing the Washingtonian Magazine campaign “I am Not A Tourist.” (Screenshot)As soon as the campaign dropped, Black Twitter and Washingtonians immediately chastised the magazine and its tone deaf marketing.“PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT [Washingtonian Magazine’s] DEPICTION OF WHO ‘LIVES HERE’… NOT ONE BLACK FACE IN THE ENTIRE PIECE,” social media influencer and community activist, Tony Lewis Jr. wrote on Instagram and Twitter.  Lewis wrote in all capital letters similarly to the campaign t-shirts.“BLACK PEOPLE STILL MAKE UP [47 percent] OF THIS CITY.  THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL, CARELESS, AND RACIST (YEAH I SAID IT, RACIST). THIS IS VERY REPRESENATIVE OF HOW WE FEEL IN OUR OWN CITY, THAT WE ARE INVISIBLE, THAT WE DON’T EXIST.  THAT PEOPLE MOVE HERE HAVE MORE VALUE THAN THOSE BORN HERE.  THAT WHEN WE DIE IN THE STREETS IT ISN’T IMPORTANT, THAT THE NEW RESTAURANT OR CONDO SUPERCEDES OUR EXISTENCE,” Lewis wrote.He then encouraged Washingtonians to not support the magazine.The controversy surrounding the shirts and campaign quickly escalated, prompting Washingtonian to delete the campaign and apologize.“As a native Washingtonian, I am very sorry that our latest  ‘I Am Not A Tourist’ marketing campaign did not represent the wonderfully diverse city in which we live,” Washingtonian Magazine CEO and president Catherine Merrill Williams wrote in  a statement.“This was the very beginning of a campaign in which all intentions are to include the many communities that make up our city.  We solicited pictures from a diverse group of people and put the pictures up in the order they came in.  People who saw the initial gallery of pictures had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, the entirety of the marketing campaign. We took down the initial post because it created an impression that was inconsistent with our values and standards. We’re confident that when the campaign is complete it will reflect the diversity of the readership that we serve,” she wrote.Despite the apology some Washingtonians are still outraged.In response to Washingtonian’s campaign, Lewis is putting together a photoshoot on May 20 at Union Market for residents “born, raised and educated” in D.C.“We will provide a counter narrative that there are still folks who were born, raised, and educated in this city still here.  We will provide a counter image that not every person living in the city is a [White] millennial,” Lewis wrote on Instagram.The dress code for the photo shoot is all black.last_img read more