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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

What Do the 2019 Elections Mean for 2020?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — If the 2019 elections are any indication, Republicans need to worry about their viability come 2020.  In Virginia, Democrats have majorities in both its upper and lower houses.  With a Democratic governor, Virginia has an unprecedented opportunity to shape public policy, especially around gun control, a key concern for many.  In West Virginia, the candidate backed by 45 lost.  Many will say it is because of the Republican governor,…

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The Enduring Battle to Diversify Historical Reenactment

The Enduring Battle to Diversify Historical Reenactment

By Commentaries/Opinions

White history is still normalized. Non-white history is seen as provocative. By Nick Martin, The New Republic –  Imagine, for a moment, you’re about eight years old, standing in a valley strewn with tiny hills. Your mother is nearby, trying to rope in your wandering little brother. Towering over you and milling about are dozens of older white men, silver in the beard and haggard in the face, antique rifles…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

McConnell’s African American Victory Sounds Another Warning Bell

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Report — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave one of the biggest hugs I ever saw to a political candidate. There was good reason for it. His hand-picked choice for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron just won big in that state’s election. Cameron is the first African American to hold statewide office in Kentucky in decades. He is a staunch protégé of McConnell. Both…

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Donald Trump

Trump Is Trying to Woo Black Voters by Saying What He Always Says

By News & Current Affairs

The launch of Black Voices for Trump felt like any other Trump rally. By Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones — The election is one year away, the impeachment inquiry is heating up, and Donald Trump wants those black votes. On Friday, the president went to Atlanta for the launch of Black Voices for Trump. The new grassroots coalition is an attempt by Trump’s reelection campaign to win over more black voters…

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London Breed

San Francisco: Mayor has easy reelection; vaping on ballot

By News & Current Affairs

By Associated Press — After a bruising fight last year to become San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed faces token opposition on Tuesday’s ballot as she struggles to find solutions to the city’s homelessness crisis, drug epidemic and a housing shortfall that have put the politically liberal city in the national spotlight. The former president of the Board of Supervisors and San Francisco native narrowly won a special June 2018…

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Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign

Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign

By Reparations

By Marty Johnson, The Hill — Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson on Wednesday released her first television ad of her campaign. The ad is titled “Reparations — An Idea Whose Time Has Come.” As the 60-second spot’s name suggests, the commercial is centered around one of Williamson’s main issues of focus: reparations for American descendants of slavery. When asked in the commercial why she supports reparations, the Democratic longshot answers, “I’ve been talking…

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Old Slave Mart on Chalmers Street in downtown Charleston.

Charleston, once known as the US’s slave trade capital, to host national reparations forum

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

A free forum on reparations for slavery at the Gaillard Center on Nov. 2 will be hosted by the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina. Charleston’s wealth was built and sustained for centuries on an economy that relied on slavery. Pictured here is the Old Slave Mart on Chalmers Street in downtown Charleston. By Caitlin…

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America has two economies—and they’re diverging fast.

America has two economies—and they’re diverging fast

By Editors' Choice

By Mark Muro and Jacob Whiton, Brookings — We’ve been harping for a while on the stark economic divides that define American life in the Donald Trump years. To be sure, racial and cultural resentment have been the prime factors of the Trump backlash, but it’s also clear that the two parties speak for and to dramatically different segments of the American economy. Where Republican areas of the country rely on lower-skill, lower-productivity “traditional” industries like manufacturing and…

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s Biggest Mistake

By Commentaries/Opinions

It rhymes with ‘schneo-liberalism.’ It was an economic disaster and a political dead end. It was an economic disaster and a political dead end. In the early days of his presidency, Barack Obama had the power to overhaul the economy, but instead he focused on smaller, less effective fixes. By Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times — In 2009, Barack Obama was the most powerful newly elected American president in a generation. Democrats controlled the House and, for about five months in the second half of the year, they enjoyed a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority in the Senate. For the first six months of his presidency, Obama had…

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Former Vice President Joe Biden

Biden’s Words on Racial Equality Ring Hollow

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Zachary R. Wood, The Washington Informer  — “I think the Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace — someone who’s not afraid to stand up and offend people, someone who wouldn’t pander, but would say what the American people know in their gut is right.” Former Vice President Joe Biden uttered these words in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1975. But before we proceed, I have…

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