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Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Journal Editor-in-Chief:
Dr. Chuka Onwumechili,Howard University, Washington DC


Howard Journal of Communication

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Communicating Lives of African Americans and other Minorities under Donald J. Trump's Presidency

Since the start of Donald J. Trump’s American presidency in 2016, the lives of African Americans and other minorities have come to public attention and scrutiny. Even in the run up to the November 2016 elections, Trump’s Make America Great Again (MAGA) slogan divided the nation into a racialized past and progression to a post-racial society. The coming to prominence of #BlackLivesMatter, the #MeToo movement, and the President’s tweets marked notable intersections of social media and social conditions under a Trump’s presidency. 

Trump’s communication of a unique and controversial look at minority lives extend beyond America to Blacks and Latino/a elsewhere with his stringent attacks on migration into, labeling some countries as shitholes, suggesting that four US Congresswomen return to their ‘homeland’ which he deemed to not be America. There is quite a lot to study, research, and report on America under Trumpism that intersects with communication and minorities. This call for papers, for this special issue, suggests topics from one of the following themes:

  1. Communicating migration under Trump.
  2. Citizenship, who belongs and who does not.
  3. Is post-racial society a myth?
  4. African American representation re-interpreted, re-claimed, or questioned in contemporary American communication.
  5. Era of fake news and alternative facts in media environment and intersection with minority issues.
  6. Gender and communication.
  7. Emboldening racial attacks.
  8. Tweets and social media platforms.
  9. Social class and discontent.
  10. Other relevant themes.

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Submission Instructions

Papers should be based on empirical research and be a maximum of 7,000 words long. When submitting the paper, please indicate that it is for the special issue ‘Donald Trump’s Presidency.’ Deadline for submission is June 30, 2020.