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Trumpism Is ‘Identity Politics’ for White People

By Editors' Choice

The president’s closing argument in the midterm elections lays bare the logic of his appeal. By Adam Serwer, The Atlantic — After Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election, a certain conventional wisdom congealed within the pundit class: Donald Trump’s success was owed to the Democratic abandonment of the white working class and the party’s emphasis on identity politics. By failing to emphasize a strong economic message, the thinking went, the party had…

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil

Why Some Afro-Brazilians Are Willing to Vote for a Racist Presidential Candidate

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s Complicated: Why Some Afro-Brazilians Are Willing to Vote for a Racist Presidential Candidate Who’s Calling for More Police Violence. Kiratiana Freelon, The Root — Last week, Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s white, hard-right presidential candidate, received an unexpected American endorsement. “He sounds like us,” said David Duke, an unabashed white supremacist and former Grand Duke Wizard of the Louisiana Ku Klux Klan. “He is a total European descendant, he looks like any…

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Lucy McBath speaking to a group of supporters in Atlanta early this month.

‘Democrat. Fighter. Mother.’ Lucy McBath Is Redefining Social Justice in Politics.

By News & Current Affairs

By Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times — An air of solemnity hangs over Lucy McBath’s bid for Congress. It is present in her campaign stump speech, when she recounts the 2012 murder of her son, Jordan Davis, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white man at a gas station when the 17-year-old refused to lower the volume of the rap music playing in his…

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Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro leaves after casting his vote during the general elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 7, 2018.

Social Media War in Brazil Pushes Far-Right Candidate Toward Presidency

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael Fox, Truthout — Giovani Baffo is a poet and a street artist in Sao Paulo’s trendy Vila Madalena neighborhood. With a thick, unkempt beard and a red Nike t-shirt, he is not the prototypical image of a political analyst. But his words just days before the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on October 7 were wisdom far beyond that of most political pundits. “Our election will not…

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Many Top Donors to “Black Americans for the President’s Agenda” Are, in Fact, Wealthy White People

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Aaron Mack, Slate — On Thursday, Republican Rep. French Hill of Arkansas condemned a racist radio ad running in support of his campaign for re-election. The ad features two women, clearly intended as caricatures of black Americans, attacking Democrats for “changing the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt” when bringing up sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The women argue that this is a slippery slope to…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to a passerby in New York City on June 27, 2018.

A Blue Wave Next Month Could Be the Start of a Progressive Sea Change

By News & Current Affairs

By Katrina Vanden Heuvel — If Democrats flip the House, the Congressional Progressive Caucus will have the leaders, agenda, and institutional muscle to drive the debate. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. Now, even in the bleak night of Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, there are stars that offer hope. If Democrats take back the House…

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A Trump rally in 2016.

A new study reveals the real reason Obama voters switched to Trump

By News & Current Affairs

Hint: It has to do with race. By Zack Beauchamp, Vox — One of the most puzzling elements of the 2016 election, at least for a lot of Americans, was the millions of voters who switched from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Somewhere between 6.7 million and 9.2 million Americans switched this way; given that the 2016 election was decided by 40,000 votes, it’s fair to…

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Why Brazil’s Bankers Back Jair Bolsonaro

By Commentaries/Opinions

The frontrunner in the presidential election is finding support from the country’s bankers. By John Paul Rathbone and Joe Leahy, OZY — The dramatic surge in Brazilian markets is not the only factor lifting animal spirits among senior business leaders and financiers in São Paulo this week. The prospect of right-wing congressman Jair Bolsonaro winning the presidency and implementing a liberalizing economic program has kindled hopes among many that decades of Brazilian…

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Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams waves to supporters at an election-night party, May 22, 2018.

How Democrats Fail by Ignoring Candidates Of Color

By Editors' Choice

New candidates will create opportunities for Democrats across the country—if the establishment is willing to back them. By Steve Phillips, The Nation — Old wineskins must make room for new wine.” During the Rainbow Coalition days of the 1980s, Jesse Jackson used that biblical reference to press the Democratic Party to make structural and strategic changes in order to seize the opportunities presented by the country’s demographic revolution. Today, this…

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Remember Dr. Christine Blasey Ford… Mobilize the “Mob” to March on Ballot Boxes — Eradicate Trumpism

By Vantage Point Articles

Image: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — We must never forget the humble, dignified and courageous testimony of a Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee. With no outside witnesses being called, the Hearing was deliberately rigged to be a “she said, he said” spectacle.  We must never forget the bias treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford by the Committee’s Chairman…

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