A more inclusive Republican Party

A rancorous crowd vibrantly chanting “Never Trump” greeted GOP convention-goers on Monday. This is the same convention whose delegates will formally nominate Donald Trump as the Republican Party candidate; a convention whose job is to bring people together — that is, if you’re white. 

The first indication the convention’s preposterous lack of diversity is in its speakers. During the previous Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney invited some prominent leaders of the Latino community. This year, the only two Latino speakers are previous candidates Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz. It’s no surprise, though, because right before the beginning of the RNC, Rep. Steve King questioned the contributions of nonwhite communities to society, arguing that “white civilizations” had contributed the most. 

This notion augments Trump’s comments about many of the groups he has estranged. Recently, Newt Gingrich commented that all Muslim people who believe in Shariah should be deported from the U.S. Donald Trump affirmed his desire for a ban on Muslim immigration, and reaffirmed his distaste for refugees.

Last night, the Republican Party needed to stand for all Americans. Instead, the rhetoric spun a different tale. Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, said that the American people don’t feel safe. Ironically, his words ring truer than he realizes — especially when our nation may be on the precipice of a Trump regime.

As GOP leaders continue attacking minority communities, they’re alienating their party from groups too large to ignore. Communities of color don’t feel safe because the harmful rhetoric employed at this national convention could result in nominee-condoned violence against their physical integrity. If the GOP doesn’t change its platform to represent the identities it now marginalizes, it will die an old man’s death.