Get Yo Girl: 21-Year-Old Leah LeVell is RNC’s Newest African American Hire
The Republican National Committee is really trying to change the perception that they have an issue with Black folks. Enter their new hire: 21-year-old Leah Victoria LeVell.
According to NBCBLK, LeVell will be part of their strategic initiatives team and will work to create GOP messages that can engage HBCUs and young Black voters. It’s not surprising that LeVell is working for the GOP, given that her father, Bruce LeVell, serves as Executive Director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.
When asked why she supports Donald Trump, Levell told NBCBLK, “He wants to bring more jobs to the country, which is important for me as a college student as I’ll be graduating soon — that’s a huge priority for me and a lot of the American people.
“The other important issue to me is national security. That’s a big issue with all the shootings and bombings in other countries — safety is an issue. Also his stance on student loan debt,” she concluded.
In addition, reality star and fellow Trump supporter Omarosa Manigault has faith in young LeVell.
“Over the next few months, it is important that we communicate the facts about Mr. Trump’s record and policy positions. Leah will play a key role in communicating that message as a media surrogate for the RNC,” she said.
Good luck with that, ladies, because a June poll conducted by the Washington Post showed a whopping 94 percent of Black adults view Trump negatively. Leah and the RNC have a lot of work ahead of them.
POTUS Declares West Virginia Floods A Major Disaster
President Obama has declared a major disaster in West Virginia after flash flooding killed 24 people and has caused serious wreckage. According to NPR, the POTUS’ declaration will free up available funds for three of the hardest-hit counties and will help with home repairs, low cost loans, and helping businesses fix their destroyed property.
This is the state’s worst flood in the past 100 years and has destroyed and/or damaged at least 500 homes, with water levels reaching as high as people’s roofs. In addition, 30,000 people are living without electricity.
“This federal support will provide much-needed assistance to severely impacted regions,” West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement. “As emergency response efforts continue, with members of the National Guard and local emergency responders hard at work helping our neighbors, we will continue pursuing additional assistance for all affected areas.”
Sadly, the state will see even more rain over the next few days.
Red Cross Apologizes After ‘Super Racist’ Pool-Safety Poster
A American Red Cross Hospital has apologized for a problematic water safety ad they had posted at public swimming polls in Colorado. The ad read, “Be Cool, Follow the Rules” with an illustration of the white children being labeled as behaving “cool,” while children of color were misbehaving, or “not cool,” by breaking pool safety rules, NBC reported.
After Twitter got wind of the ad — thanks to Margaret Sawyer who took a photo of the ad and posted it — people began complaining. Soon after, Red Cross announced the ad will be taken down.
“The American Red Cross appreciates and is sensitive to the concerns raised regarding one of the water safety posters we produced,” the hospital released in a statement to NBCBLK. “We deeply apologize for any misunderstanding, as it was absolutely not our intent to offend anyone. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest humanitarian organizations, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do, every day.”
But who approved this in this first place? Sawyer stressed the Red Cross really needs be aware of the repercussions of this ad.
“I think it’s really important to think about the messages that we’re sending kids; I ask for all of us to take that job on,” said Sawyer. “I hope the Red Cross will use this as a lesson for taking their role seriously.”
We do, too.