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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

African Diaspora Rising — The Year of “The Door of Return to Africa”

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Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels — This year, 2019 marks the 400th year since the Dutch ship White Lion arrived in Jamestown in the British Colony that was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia with “20 and odd Negroes” from Africa. The arrival of these indentured enslaved Africans was the opening chapter in one of the most horrific events in human history, the holocaust of African enslavement, the MAAFA via the European slave trade. Proud African men and women from highly civilized…

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Gentrification: The New “Negro Removal” Program

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Displacing Black People and Culture, Gentrification: The New “Negro Removal” Program A Call for an Emergency Summit. Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels — Gentrification has emerged as a major threat to Black communities that have been centers for Black business/economic development, cultural and civic life for generations. Gentrification has become the watch-word for the displacement of Black people and culture. Gentrification is the “Negro Removal Program” of the…

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Can the Working Families Party Emerge as the Progressive Third Force in American Politics? — ibw21.org

Can the Working Families Party Emerge as the Progressive Third Force in American Politics?

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What Next After Victory in the Midterms Can the Working Families Party Emerge as the Progressive Third Force in American Politics? Vantage Point by Dr Ron Daniels — For much of my life’s work as a social and political activist, I have been a proponent of independent Black politics and the creation of a progressive, independent, third force in American politics as a vehicle to advance a visionary politics of…

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Peter Cvjetanovic along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia on \ in Charlottesville, Va. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

“Trumpism:” The Hate that Produces Hate

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Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — With the attempted assassination of a series of Democratic leaders and the savage murder of 11 worshipers in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in the past week, the American people are witnessing one of the most horrific seasons of hate and terror in recent memory. And, while there is debate about the link between rhetoric and the actions…

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Remember Dr. Christine Blasey Ford… Mobilize the “Mob” to March on Ballot Boxes — Eradicate Trumpism

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Image: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — We must never forget the humble, dignified and courageous testimony of a Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee. With no outside witnesses being called, the Hearing was deliberately rigged to be a “she said, he said” spectacle.  We must never forget the bias treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford by the Committee’s Chairman…

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Emmerson Mnangagwa

End the Sanctions Now: Time for a New Beginning in Zimbabwe

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Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — On August 3rd the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zimbabwe African Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) had narrowly defeated Nelson Chamisa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) 50.8% to 44.3%. Mr. Mnangagwa’s margin of victory was just enough to avoid a run-off. Though MDC initially protested the results, the Constitutional Court overruled the opposition’s claims…

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The Unfulfilled Power of the Black Vote

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Vantage Point Vignettes, Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — For decades I have been hammering home the point that in a low voter participation environment, the group that effectively educates, mobilizes and organizes its voters to turn-out on election day will wield power disproportionate to its numbers in the overall electorate. Put another way, a relatively small group that registers and turns out a high percentage of its…

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The Orange Man’s Approval Ratings — The Dangers of “Trumpism”

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — With all the vile acts that Donald Trump, “the orange man,” has committed and the barrage of media coverage of his egomaniacal behavior, you would think that his approval rating would be tanking.  But, that’s not the case. A recent CNN Poll showed Trump’s approval rating at 42%, up from 5-10% depending on which polls one chooses to cite. …

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Omarosa Manigault Newman

Cheer Her or Jeer Her? The Rev. Omarosa Manigault-Newman

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Vantage Point Vignettes, Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — Omarosa is taking the media by storm and captivating the nation with the tell-all revelations in her book Unhinged – which provides insights into the machinations of the most reckless, ruinous, racist and retrograde administration in the history of this country; that of the infamous “Orange Man” Donald J. Trump. My dear friend Earl Ofari Hutchinson recently wrote that…

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The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums

The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums – Some Reflections on the “Conscience of the Congress”

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Vantage Point Articles Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the Honorable Ronald V. Dellums from the Eighth Congressional District in California. I used to fondly introduce him in that manner because he was such a towering figure whom I admired immensely. Indeed, I considered him a confidante, comrade in struggle and a friend. Ron Dellums was a Bad…

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