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Despite Everything Biden Still Can’t Pry Some Blacks Loose from Trump

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Since George Floyd was slain there have been ten national live voter polls taken. The polls predictably show that Biden has a whopping lead over Trump among Black voters. But they also show that a lot of Blacks still aren’t buying Biden. They’re buying Trump. There are just enough of them to raise the question why and to raise the worry that they could cause…

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Congressman John Lewis — SNCC organizers, Greenwood.

The Other John Lewis I Will Always Remember

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The instant the news flashed that Congressman John Lewis died the expected and much deserved avalanche of tributes poured in from all corners. Trump’s tribute was in that avalanche. The tributes all pretty much followed the same pattern. Lewis was praised as a civil rights icon, courageous, unremitting, and a historic example of how a life devoted to civil rights can result in monumental changes…

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Be Careful What Monuments You Go After

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — I recently called for Long Beach, California school officials to re-examine having the name of former President Woodrow Wilson on one of its schools. A day later a reporter doing a story on the controversy asked, “I wonder in response to those who say changing school names is going too far…” It was a fair question. My answer as far as Wilson was concerned was easy….

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Derek Chauvin

Here’s How to Stop the Killing of the George Floyds

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and “outraged” by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later following the acquittal of four of the police officers by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it, Bush ordered then…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: I Don’t Blame Former Minneapolis Cop Derek M. Chauvin!

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Here’s who I blame for George Floyd’s Murder Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Chair of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission Velma J. Korbel Hennepin County District Attorney Michael G. Freeman And US Senator Amy Klobuchar (She was a top prosecutor for a time in Minneapolis) All sat there for years and knew from Chauvin’s record trail of mayhem he was a…

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Beating Up on Joe “You Ain’t Black” Biden

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The predictable happened as always when Joe Biden makes a real or imagined race construed gaffe, slip of the tongue or oft-beat quip. More than a few Blacks will eagerly pounce. This happened when at the end of interview with Black media, Biden cracked to a Black talk show host that “you ain’t black” if you consider voting for Trump. Most took it for what…

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Bernie Sanders Supporters

Even the Defection of Some Blacks from Biden Could Hurt Him

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — From the very moment that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tossed his hat in the rink, polls and public opinion have consistently shown two things. One is that Biden is the overwhelming choice of Black voters for the presidency. This was more than borne out when Black voters crusaded to the polls in the South Carolina primary in January and propelled Joe to the…

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Joe, Just Pick the Best Woman for VP

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Bidden made it perfectly clear more than once that he will pick a woman as his VP running mate. Then it got interesting. Now the demand was not just pick a woman VP, but a Black woman as VP. A short list of names is bandied about, former Georgia house representative Stacey Abrams and California Senator Kamala Harris top the…

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Trump, FDR

The Shame, it took a Virus for America to Finally Bail out Its Workers and the Poor

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Moments before the House took a final vote on the COVID stimulus package, a handful of progressive House Democrats railed that the bill gave the heavy cash to the major corporations. While workers and the poor, they said, got crumbs. This was also pretty much the attack line from Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other progressive Democrats in the days before the final vote on…

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Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell

Will Trump and Mitch Really Show Workers and the Poor the COVID Money?

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — At a news conference, Trump went on record saying, “that would be OK with me.” What is “OK” with him is that the one to two trillion dollars in COVID-19 combat stimulus dollars won’t simply fatten the pockets of the banks and big business. He made the promise for a reason. The moment Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they’d fast track the…

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