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Melania Trump’s Speech: Plagiarisim or Paraphrasing?

Melania Trump’s Speech: Plagiarisim or Paraphrasing?

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When Elvis Pressley borrowed from rhythm blues to enhance his music in the ‘50’s, they called it, “integrating”. When Robin Thicke used an eerily similar groove in his hit song, “Blurred Lines,” to that of Marin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”; they questioned it as Influence rather than Infringement. Now, at the Republican Convention when, Melania blatantly plagiarizes words from the resident First Lady, Michelle Obama, because  Trump is her last name and she’s married to the GOP’s Candidate for President, Donald, they say she was “paraphrasing”.

Give me a ding dang break already, please! I wonder if the roles had been reversed in any of the aforementioned examples would we be finding a better way to term thievery because, for all intensive, purposes, that is exactly what Integrating, Influence, and paraphrasing really are in reference to this conversation. It’s theft, especially when you were not the one to originally say it, or write it and definitely if you fail to give proper credit to the one that did originally say it or write it. Now had Melania’s team just hired Michelle to come on board as a speech writer, then she would have crafted something original and equally as powerful. However, when your pride halts your best efforts at progression, you get stuck copying rather than trailblazing. Many wondered what Trump’s wife was going to say, but even the skeptics probably didn’t expect her to reference Obama’s wife, certainly not to the point where anyone and everyone would notice.

How does a speech that is supposed to reinforce her belief that her husband should be the next President of the United States, somehow relate to anything said by the woman whose husband now sits as President of the United States? Wow!!! How, naïve and gullible did the GOP really think the American people would be? Did they really think Black America wouldn’t notice? Did they think we wouldn’t say anything? Lastly, did they think that speech coupled with the decision to make Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth head of African American outreach for the Trump Campaign would improve race relations between Trump and African Americans? Well if so, then they should have got Manigault-Stallworth to write Melania’s speech! After all, she does hold a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from a historically black college in Ohio, one of the two states where Trump generated 0% support from African Americans, Central State University. If anything, the foolery of the Trump campaign further demonstrates how bad an idea it would be to make this man our next President. He systematically and continuously exudes sentiments of symbolic, meaningful, disrespect across the board. Mrs. Trump’s lack of respect for another’s intellectual property strengthens that argument. It’s funny because we still have four more days of the Republican National Convention to go. I don’t know about you, but I for one, cannot wait to see what the conservative circus sends in next.

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Tracie Christian

July 19th, 2016

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