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Historian points out this startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Donne Levy, AlterNet — America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.” This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led…

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Noted California Political Analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson Calls Sanders The Best Choice for African-Americans.

Noted California Political Analyst Earl Hutchinson Calls Sanders The Best Choice for African-Americans

By News & Current Affairs

Los Angeles, CA — Noted columnist and political analyst, and Host of the Pacifica Radio Network Hutchinson Report, Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Saturday, February 29 called Democratic Presidential Contender Bernie Sanders “The best choice for African-Americans for President. Hutchinson is the most prominent California Black political commentator to formally endorse Sanders. The endorsement on the eve of the California Super Tuesday primary March 3 is especially important given the battle…

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Joe Biden and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Biden Says, ‘The Black Vote Will Determine the Nominee’

By News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown — A sincere and open former Vice President Joe Biden spoke candidly to the Black Press during an interview Tuesday with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The interview was broadcast live from The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Biden and Chavis were joined by publishers and leaders from the Black Press of America. The Democrat,…

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Bernie Sanders

Why Bernie fears the superdelegates will do him in–again

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Bernie Sanders railed loud and long in 2016 that the Democratic Party’s system of superdelegates and the superdelegates themselves were stacked against him. He was right. The Democratic Party’s superdelegates unlike the GOP superdelegates are not bound by the party rules to vote for the person getting the most delegate votes. They can vote for the person they want. In 2016, there was never any…

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Barbara Smith, Isra Hirsi, Aja Monet, Kenidra Woods, and Rachel Gilmer (L-R),

Bernie Sanders Earns Support From Black Women Activists

By Editors' Choice

In this conversation, moderated by the Dream Defenders’ Rachel Gilmer, Black women activists explain their support for Sanders’s campaign. By Teen Vougue — Senator Bernie Sanders has attributed his success in the 2020 presidential campaign to his “multigenerational, multiracial coalition” of supporters. Sanders’s win in Iowa has been credited in part to his support among the minority and immigrant voters who turned out to the “satellite” caucuses set up for those who couldn’t make it to…

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Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Las Vegas last week.

Does Anyone Have a Clue About How to Fight Back Against Trump’s Racism?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Moderates and progressives have a lot to lose by ignoring each other on this crucial question. By Thomas B. Edsall, NYT — Can Democrats diminish the bigotry that Donald Trump has unleashed in this country? Stung by the success of Trump’s anti-immigrant, racist campaign themes in 2016, left-of-center advocacy groups — think tanks, unions, progressive academics and Democratic consultants — are developing tools this year to counter the continuing Republican…

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Attendees wear buttons supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University on November 21, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Black America May Decide the Fate of the Democratic Party

By Editors' Choice

By Nicholas Powers, Truthout — “There are seven white people on this stage talking about racial justice,” said former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg last night at the Democratic debate in South Carolina. The debate in Charleston quickly became a rhetorical tug-of-war between presidential candidates vying for Black votes. They fought over stop and frisk, loyalty to Obama and redlining. The high–stakes backdrop of the February 25 debate was the collapse of neoliberal politics in the face of a rising progressive wing led by Sen. Bernie…

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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

The Important Word in ‘Democratic Socialism’ Is ‘Democratic’

By Rev Jesse Jackson

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — After the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum, having won the popular vote in each of the first three contests. More importantly, in Nevada, Sanders…

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People watch results at Joe Biden’s campaign rally on the night of the New Hampshire primary in Columbia, South Carolina, 11 February 2020.

South Carolina: how black Americans’ reverse migration is reshaping next state to vote

By News & Current Affairs

Black Americans’ relocation back to the south is changing voting blocs and making Democratic races more competitive. This month, for the first time, South Carolina registered a million voters of color. By Kenya Evelyn, The Guardian — Najeema Davis Washington spent more than 15 years as a federal employee in Washington DC before she returned to Charleston, the city she left in 1996. She brought with her a progressive outlook…

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