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Dr. Ron Daniels

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Immigration Reform Part 2: The Parasitical System of Development / Underdevelopment

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — Much of the immigration reform debate is understandably focused on the separation of children from their parents, the plight of the “Dreamers,” the “Diversity Visa Program,” a “Guest Worker Program” to feed the agricultural sector’s appetite for cheap labor and border protection to block the “hordes” of undocumented “suspects” from illegally entering this country. While these are important issues…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The “Color” of Immigration Policy Reform — Dr. Ron Daniels

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — It is critically important that all people of conscience and goodwill continue to condemn the horrifying, uncivilized policy of separating children from parents from Mexico and Central America entering this country seeking asylum or a better life for their families. While some might debate the “legality” of people crossing the border without documents, absolutely nothing justifies treating human beings…

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Commemorating Frederick Douglass Day — Dr. Ron Daniels

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — Many Americans have just concluded “celebrating” a protracted July 4th, Independence Day holiday. It is a time for vacating, picnicking, family cook-outs, parades, fireworks and lots of flag-waving during perhaps the most “patriotic” season of the year. As an African in America, when I think about the Fourth of July it conjures up the memory and spirit of Frederick…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Toward a Movement to Expand the Public Space and Culture of Rights in America

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Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels — The headline in the February 13th edition of the New York Times front page was glaring: “Needs of Public A Low Priority in Rebuilding.” The headline was in reference to President Trump’s long awaited, so called infrastructure plan. The essence of this much ballyhooed “plan” is a dramatic shift in how the federal government has traditionally approached the construction of public highways, tunnels, bridges, harbors, railways, airports and other vital pieces of the nation’s infrastructure. In the past…

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Hypocrisy Taints Republican Reaction to Bigotry

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The vicious assault on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia by a volatile amalgam of Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, Alt Right and other white nationalist forces was one of the most horrific acts of domestic terrorism in American history.  The day after a Klan-like torch light, racist and anti-Semitic show of force on the campus of University of Virginia, a White nationalist terrorist used his car as a weapon and ploughed through peaceful protesters killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring several other people. The words of former Ku Klux…

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It’s Nation Time Again – Progress Report on State of Black World Conference IV

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Dear Friends in the Struggle: State of the Black World Conference IV (SOBWC IV), November 16-20, 2016, was one of the great gatherings of people of African descent, Black people, in recent history. People are still buzzing about the richness of the interaction and networking, the powerful information and spirit of unity/togetherness that was experienced. Equally important, the Declaration of Intent and Call to Action from the Conference laid out…

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