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23 April 2021
Donald Trump Era and Communicating Race in America
Race is increasingly central to public discourse in America. Although, it has always been present but there is little doubt that its centrality was boosted by Donald Trump’s emergence as the 45th American President. Trump’s presidency heightened racial tension, culminating in deep racial divides marked by the prominence of extreme racist groups and racially marked police brutality that is demonstrated in the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Armaud Arbery. Alongside those upheavals is also the rise in gender discrimination that is demonstrated, starkly, in appointments to the United States’ cabinet positions.
In the summer of 2020, Aspen Digital launched three programs focusing on the changing narrative in America’s race construction in journalism, entertainment, and book publishing.
Earlier, the Pew Research Center in 2019 revealed that 50% of Americans cite President Trump as worsening race relations with over 65% saying that it is now more common to express racially insensitive views. The NPR Marist Poll, in mid-2020, also cited two-thirds of Americans who claim that President Trump increased racial tensions. Furthermore, media coverage of race has increasingly become divisive.
The Baltimore Sun in July 2020 reported rising anti-Asian harassment, following President Trump’s constant reference to the COVID-19 virus as the China virus or Kung Fu. The Pew Research Center found in 2020 that 58% of English speaking Asian American adults said racially-insensitive views against Asian Americans have become more common since COVID-19 outbreak.
Although data related to increased gender discrimination is prevalent in the highest appointments made by Donald Trump’s government, there are signs that the closing of gender gaps in other appointments are beginning to slow and/or stall according to a recent 2020 proceedings published by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States of America.
The rise of these tensions, some intersectional, and their prominence in American life prompt the Howard Journal of Communications to call for research papers. These papers must focus on recent iterations of race and/or gender discourse/s. Papers may focus on one of the following areas or topics and follow the journal’s style and requirements.
- President Trump and communicating race
- American Presidency and racial issues under Donald Trump
- Communicating gender in the era of Donald Trump
- Intersectionality discourses under Donald Trump
- Media and coverage of race
- Social media and racial and/or gender discourse/s
- Increasing economic struggles communicated in American social discourse
- American elections/politics and media coverage of race and/or gender under Trump
- Demonizing Asians and communicating COVID-19, race, and tension under Trump
- Communicating Whiteness
- Communicating race, gender and sport
- #Hashtags and the framing of racial and/or gender issues
- Social movements, social class, and the media
- Rise of xenophobia in public discourses
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021.
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Please select "special issue title (Donald Trump and Communicating Race in America)" when submitting your paper for the special issue. It is recommended that you submit a full paper following guidelines for paper submission to the journal. Deadline is April 23, 2021. Publication of the special issue is anticipated in 2022.
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