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Barack Obama Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

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The filibuster’s racist history, explained

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By Zack Beauchamp — The question of what to do about the filibuster — the once-arcane Senate rule that creates a de facto 60-vote threshold for major legislation — is arguably the most important topic in Washington, DC, right now. It is the thing blocking Senate Democrats from approving President Joe Biden’s sweeping policy agenda on party lines; as such, it has become a subject of fierce partisan (and intraparty) dispute. Most…

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Obama Didn’t Close the Racial Wealth Divide. Can Biden?

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Dr. King called moderation the “great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom.” Biden should heed that warning today. By Dedrick Asante-Muhammad Tyler Bond— Twelve years ago, the inauguration of America’s first Black president had many Americans believing that a future free of racial discrimination and inequality was finally within reach. This year, as Obama’s former vice president Joe Biden takes office amid a surge in far-right violence, it’s clear…

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New library to be named for Ron Walters who led Dockum sit-in

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By Dion Lefler— The Wichita City Council has named its newest library after civil rights icon Dr. Ronald W. Walters, following an impassioned plea from his widow and a last-minute effort to name the library for former Mayor Carl Brewer. The final decision was 5-1 with a dissenting vote from council member Jeff Blubaugh — who favored naming it for Brewer after his stronger showing in a poll promoted by…

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Are we witnessing the fall of the United States?

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By Damon Linker— Over the past four years, it’s become something of a cliché for certain political scientists on Twitter to respond to stories of Donald Trump’s corruption, ineptitude, malice, and autocratic impulses by asking a provocative leading question: “What would you say if you saw it happening in another country?” Unfortunately, occasions for posing and answering this question by referring to democratic backsliding or burgeoning authoritarianism have accelerated since…

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CARICOM’s economic recovery and transformation – Need for serious collaboration and coordination

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By: Kendol Morgan— G20 Summit Declaration: We remain determined to support all developing and least developed countries as they face the intertwined health, economic, and social effects of COVID-19, recognising the specific challenges in Africa and small-island developing states. Many of us remain fascinated by the ongoing crisis of democracy and governance which is taking place in the USA as COVID-19 is increasing there unchecked. President-elect Joe Biden has named his…

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20 Democrat Quotes On Reparations For Black America: Feinstein, Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Hakeem Jeffries, Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton And More

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By: Isheka N. Harrison— The topic of reparations was discussed heavily during the Democratic primary presidential race in 2019. The HR 40 bill, which seeks to create a commission to study reparations and develop proposals for its implementation, also gained more traction than it had since it was first introduced by late Congressman Rep. John Conyers in 1989. Here are 25 democrat quotes on reparations for Black America. 1. “I…

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