Several activists were seen turning their backs to top President Trump aide Omarosa Manigault as she spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans Friday.
Ms. Manigault’s appearance on a panel about police brutality had already caused drama among the journalists who were set to join her, because she was apparently added at the last minute, according to Page Six. New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb both ended up pulling out of the panel because of the change.
A source told Page Six that the “majority” of the attendees didn’t want Ms. Manigault, communications director for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, to speak because of her ties to the Trump administration, but Mr. Cobb explained it was mostly due to her being a last-minute addition.
“It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies,” Mr. Cobb explained. “Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.”
Several journalists in attendance at Friday’s conference tweeted pictures showing several black women and men standing with their backs turned to Ms. Manigault as she spoke.
— Alexis Mitchell (@LexisTV) August 11, 2017
Ms. Manigault talked about the murder of her father in Youngstown, Ohio, when she was 7 years old, and how she was forced to grow up in an environment of “crime, violence and death.”
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