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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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Empty envelopes of opened vote-by-mail ballots.

22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted

By News & Current Affairs

By Greg Palast — “Oh, Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.” I’ve been singing that Animals’ tune for a month. I move my lips, but I’m not sure my words are understood. It begins with a stone-cold fact: Mail-in ballots are lost by the millions—especially the ballots of low-income young and minority voters, those folks often called, “Democrats.” The seminal MIT study, Losing Votes by Mail, warns that 22% – more…

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"Why would $300 keep me from voting?" asks Robert Peoples of Mobile, Alabama.

A poll tax by any other name

By Editors' Choice

“Why would $300 keep me from voting?” asks Robert Peoples of Mobile, Alabama. By Dana Sweeney, Facing South — Robert Peoples remembers when African Americans won the right to vote in Alabama back in 1965. Though he was only 13 years old at the time, he had grown up in Mobile with a front-row seat to history as it was forged by a generation of ordinary Alabamians who won extraordinary…

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Vantage Point: Re-imagining Policing • #OurMarchToVote

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 29, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Melina Abdullah and Barbara Arnwine, Esq. Topics: Re-imagining Policing • #OurMarchToVote. Guests: Dr. Melina Abdullah, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter LA Chapter, Los Angeles, CA Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President, Transformative Justice Coalition, Washington, DC. Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York…

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Dr. Ron Daniels on Our Common Ground with host Janice Graham

Dr. Ron Daniels on Our Common Ground with host Janice Graham

By News & Current Affairs

Audio June 27, 2020, 10PM — “The Black Firewall: Will It Hold?” Janice Graham, host of Our Common Ground talks with Dr. Ron Daniels, Ph.D. , Veteran social and political activist; journalist, professor; President and Founder the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) About Guest Dr. Ron Daniels Veteran social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels was an independent candidate for President of the United States in 1992….

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Black Lives Matter

Time for Republicans to Give Black Voters a Real Choice

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Robert Hornak, The Schpiel — In recent days many people whose politics lean center-right have been trying to give “the facts” on racism in America. This completely misses the point and is nothing more than a distraction from the need to address a real and very serious problem and from the larger conversation we need to have on race relations in America. Republicans should immediately please stop. And listen….

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George Floyd protest

After George Floyd and Juneteenth

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What’s ahead for the movement, the election, and the protesters? By David Remnick, The New Yorker — Tennille Newbold is a twenty-six-year-old medical assistant at a community health center in Manhattan. In the midst of a Juneteenth celebration in Central Park—a kind of barbecue-picnic political rally, on the grounds of what was once Seneca Village, where freed black people and Irish immigrants lived—she stepped to a microphone and announced that…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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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The Left must seize the opportunity to live our politics in public

Black Voters Are Ready. Are We?

By Editors' Choice

Bernie lost with Black voters, but the Left will win if we commit to deep organizing work to earn their trust. By Phillip Agnew, In These Times — This is part of a roundtable on lessons from 2020 that the Left can use to win future presidential elections. It’s been three and a half months since the South Carolina Democratic primary. As the story goes, it was there former Vice President…

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Mailbox

Will Americans Lose Their Right to Vote in the Pandemic?

By Editors' Choice

The safest way to cast a ballot will very likely be by mail. But with opposition from the president, limited funding and time running out, will that option be available? By Emily Bazelon, NYT — In March, as a wave of states began delaying their spring primaries because of the coronavirus, Wisconsin’s election, scheduled for April 7, loomed. The ballot for that day included the presidential primary, thousands of local…

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