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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

We Must Protect the Right to Vote in the November Elections

By Rev Jesse Jackson

The Republican Party is doing everything it can to suppress the vote in November. Why? They fear higher turnout, especially among people of color, will cost them the election. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — The coronavirus does not discriminate, but people do. The coronavirus is not partisan, but politicians are. When we should be coming together to address a shared crisis, some are intent on driving us apart and…

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Bernie Sanders Supporters

Even the Defection of Some Blacks from Biden Could Hurt Him

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Social Distancing = Communism: this is the ideological angle of Trump’s most belligerent storm-troopers.

Trump’s Zealots: White Supremacists and Evangelicals Gearing up for a New Civil War?

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Social Distancing = Communism: this is the ideological angle of Trump’s most belligerent storm-troopers. By: Gilbert Mercier — What the gun-toting, Trump 2020 and Confederate-flag waving Trump supporters have been organized and likely paid to do, is to make sure the U.S. goes back to work as soon as possible. Let us not be naive. If President Trump recently called on his adoring followers to “liberate” states like Michigan, Virginia, Maryland,…

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Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

The GOP fight against voting by mail

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

By Benjamin Barber, Facing South — Earlier this month, after Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature refused to allow an expansion of mail-in voting, GOP officials and judges forced the state’s voters to choose between casting their ballot and risking their health during the coronavirus lockdown. Milwaukee health officials have already identified seven people who have contracted the coronavirus because of in-person voting during the April 7 state primary. Voters were also forced to endure difficult…

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John Marshall High School, in Milwaukee, on election day.

Selma 1965, Wisconsin 2020: Multiracial Democracy vs. A White Republic

By Editors' Choice

By Max Elbaum, Organizing Upgrade — I have never been prouder of the people of my home state than over the last twelve days. I went to John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, class of 1964. It was after coming home from school one day that I watched on television as non-violent Civil Rights protesters were attacked with dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham, Alabama. A few weeks after I…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Joe, Just Pick the Best Woman for VP

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Image of Fannie Lou Hamer, Joe Biden, James Clyburn. Will Joe Biden Have A Black Agenda? Vantage Point Article By Dr. Ron Daniels.

Will Joe Biden Have A Black Agenda?

By Vantage Point Articles

Image above: Fannie Lou Hamer, Joe Biden and Cong. James Clyburn Black Voters to the Rescue… Again Vantage Point Articles & Essays By Dr. Ron Daniels — There is one indisputable fact about the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: former Vice-President Joe Biden’s bid for the nomination was reeling and on the ropes before he was rescued by Black voters, beginning with the decisive endorsement of veteran Congressman James Clyburn, the…

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