why he didn't appear
over the last three years and left it until his election year -- then snubbed them -- big mistake.
i may counter your point about the lesser of evils in skipping it -- he had the option to
-- honor and appeal to the entire african american community because all of their reporters cover the convention
-- present his case as he sees it
-- look magnanimus be appearing, and respond on camera with kindness to put in relief the negative hecklers
-- show the community he has them in his mind
unless of course he chose to ignor/avoid/rebuff them --
which may be what's really in his mind anyway.
"I gotta go! I gotta go, i tell ya. got some fundementalist picnics to get to."