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Roundtable: Charlottesville Fallout, NAFTA Makeover, SeaWorld Slump
Friday, August 18, 2017
Credit: Associated Press
Matthew Hall, San Diego Union-Tribune
Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune
Tony Perry, freelance journalist
Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune
President Donald Trump's observations about last weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville have drawn criticism from some, but have delighted white supremacists.
As Boston braces for a similar right-wing rally this weekend, we look at the fallout from Charlottesville, from the removal of Confederate monuments from cities around the country, to the dissolution of the president's business council.
-How is President Trump's approach to neo-Nazis and the so-called Alt-right different from other leaders?
-Is racism thriving and growing under President Trump?
-Do Confederate monuments have any place in modern society?
President Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement the "worst trade deal ever made by any country." But local leaders from San Diego and Tijuana have praised NAFTA, and are pushing to hold onto the parts of the deal that work for the region.
-How has NAFTA impacted the regional economy?
-What changes would local leaders like to see?
-How drastic are the changes likely to be?
SeaWorld has made drastic changes to its business model after attendance plummeted due, in part, to the public response to the documentary "Black Fish." But even after the company stopped its Shamu shows and breeding program, the crowds continue to stay away.
-What has SeaWorld done to win back customers?
-How serious is SeaWorld's financial trouble?
-What would the loss of SeaWorld mean to San Diego?
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