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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Aug 16, 2019 at 23:15. 1 comments

Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

“Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.”

Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week as we discussed which 2020 campaigns knew how to hire and empower black staffers and which campaigns...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Aug 10, 2019. 18 comments

Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie?

In last week’s power rankings , we noted that in times of crisis, the committee (composed of myself, Dr. Jason Johnson, politics editor for The Root,...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 07, 2019. 7 comments

Trump Bashes Beto's 'Phony' Hispanic Nickname Before Visit to El Paso

Trump Bashes Beto's 'Phony' Hispanic Nickname Before Visit to El Paso

Before heading off to El Paso, Texas, where a white boy trumped up by divisive language from the highest office in the land took the lives of 22 people and injured dozens more, President Racist Thanos found time to send out one more hateful tweet.

“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him,...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Aug 02, 2019. 18 comments

Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for Week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new uncomfortably honest slogan, “Yeah, We’re Listening”; and the Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and rookie phenom LeBron...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Jul 12, 2019. 14 comments

The Root's 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 3: Kamala Harris Throws Black Voters Under the Bus(ing?)

The Root's 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 3: Kamala Harris Throws Black Voters Under the Bus(ing?)

This week’s Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings is full of surprises. We have a new No. 1 after several candidates forgot that black people still matter, and a special guest power-ranking judge. This week, me (Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor at The Root) and Marcus Ferrell, former African American Outreach Director for Bernie Sanders 2016, are joined by Miss Alicia Garza!

Garza is...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Jul 04, 2019. 10 comments

Biden Misses the Bus, Booker Starts to Cuss, and Harris Adjusts: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 2

Biden Misses the Bus, Booker Starts to Cuss, and Harris Adjusts: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 2

Welcome back to The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, where our select committee of activists, consultants, politicians, and analysts decide where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to black people.

This week’s rankings are curated by Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor of The Root (yours truly) and our returning judge Marcus Ferrell, former Black Outreach Director for...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Jun 27, 2019. 10 comments

Who’s on Top? The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 1

Who’s on Top? The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 1

Welcome to The Root’s Black Power Rankings, where we assess the eleventy-billion Democrats currently running for the chance to face off against Donald Trump for the presidency. Every single candidate running right now knows they need to win black voters to have a chance at the Democratic nomination. Yet how does a campaign know how they’re faring with African Americans when time after time...

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Ashley Velez Ashley Velez Jun 26, 2019. 7 comments

Beto O’Rourke Says Donald Trump Owes The Exonerated Five an Apology

Beto O’Rourke Says Donald Trump Owes The Exonerated Five an Apology
Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.  “This is the most divisive, the most xenophobic, the most racist, the most nativist, the most Islamophobic president we have ever had.” — Beto O’Rourke

The Exonerated Five are in the spotlight following the release of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series, When They See Us. Donald Trump, who took out...

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Jun 25, 2019. 19 comments

Beto O'Rourke Says All Americans Must Understand History of Slavery Before Cash Reparations Can Be Pursued

Beto O'Rourke Says All Americans Must Understand History of Slavery Before Cash Reparations Can Be Pursued
Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.  

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told The Root in an on-camera interview that all Americans need to understand the story of slavery before the government considers cash reparations for descendants of slaves.

“I would support those steps that would allow us to repair the damage done and to stop...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 18, 2019. 5 comments

Democratic Candidates Talk Black Money Matters at South Carolina Forum

Democratic Candidates Talk Black Money Matters at South Carolina Forum

With more than 20 (at last count) Democrats in the running to win the party’s presidential nomination, it’s probably more important than ever to differentiate oneself, especially among black voters, one of the most important voting blocs in the Democratic Party primary.

Four of those candidates took part in a forum Saturday where they offered up economic policy positions—ranging from so-called...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. May 22, 2019. 4 comments

Beto O'Rourke Ain't Afraid of a Fox News Town Hall. Now He Just Needs the Network to Invite Him to Do One

Beto O'Rourke Ain't Afraid of a Fox News Town Hall. Now He Just Needs the Network to Invite Him to Do One

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Beto O’Rourke: I’m not afraid to go on Fox News!

Beto O’Rourke said Monday that, unlike his Democratic rivals who have sworn off doing anything with Fox News because of the news network’s racist and xenophobic background, he’d “absolutely” do a Fox News town hall.

“Absolutely,” O’Rourke said about going onto Trump’s private YouTube channel, The Hill reports. “This campaign is about...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 12, 2019. 14 comments

Georgetown Students Agree to Pay Reparations. No, Really

Georgetown Students Agree to Pay Reparations. No, Really

Welcome to 2019—where whole-ass cities are suing their citizens for allegedly beating themselves up , affluent white folks are fucking off their privilege by scamming universities , a black kid from Atlanta has resurrected country music , and reparations are somehow trending without the need of a hashtag.

But while presidential hopefuls such as U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and former U.S. Rep. Beto...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 05, 2019. 15 comments

Beto O'Rouke on Reparations: 'I Would Sign That Into Law'

Beto O'Rouke on Reparations: 'I Would Sign That Into Law'

Thus far, the list of Democratic candidates who could very well be our next president is lengthy. Bernie Sanders has returned from the grave to throw his name back in the hat, Cory Booker has proven himself a viable candidate—or not , and Kamala Harris has been spreading the gospel of truth, leadership and optimism wherever she goes.

But with the presidential race so crowded, these hopefuls...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Mar 22, 2019. 14 comments

Everbody Loves Beto O'Rourke, Including Jared Kushner's Lil Brother Joshua

Everbody Loves Beto O'Rourke, Including Jared Kushner's Lil Brother Joshua

In an overly-crowded Democratic field, Beto O’Rourke has emerged as the dunking white guy.

You know the white guy on the basketball court who shocks everyone when he can dunk? Or the white guy that pledges a black frat and can do all the dance moves and is beloved because he shouldn’t be able to do this but somehow he is?

That’s Beto. And everyone loves the dancing white guy until...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Mar 20, 2019. 22 comments

The 6 Kinds of Woke White People

The 6 Kinds of Woke White People

Now that Democrats are fully aware that its general election success hinges on the black vote, the race for the party’s presidential nomination has evolved into a spectacular game of one-upmanship between Cinderellas trying to convince us who’s the wokest white person of them all. It seems like it was only yesterday that black voters had to resort to arm-twisting to even get a candidate to...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Mar 19, 2019. 19 comments

Why Obama Didn’t Cure White Supremacy, Explained

Why Obama Didn’t Cure White Supremacy, Explained

For all their faults, there is one thing both ultra-conservatives and super-progressive black radicals can both agree on: Barack Obama made America worse.

Right-wingers will attest that Obama did not do as much for Black America as their great purveyor of equality and tolerance, Donald Trump. Aside from the fact that Obama didn’t put on a bulletproof vest and personally stop bullets in San...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Mar 17, 2019. 20 comments

Beto O'Rourke Acknowledges White Privilege in Iowa

Beto O'Rourke Acknowledges White Privilege in Iowa

Joe Biden has been telling black audiences what they know for a few years.

Credit Beto O’Rourke, he’s getting an early jump on preaching to the choir.

Beto O’Rourke, the son of a county commissioner and county judge, acknowledged the privilege afforded him because of his race and gender while insisting his bid for President could level the playing field for all Americans, according to NBC...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Mar 14, 2019. 15 comments

It’s Official: Beto O’Rourke Is Running for President in 2020

It’s Official: Beto O’Rourke Is Running for President in 2020

On Thursday, Beto O’Rourke stopped the late night texts with America and made it official by announcing that he’s running for president in 2020 and joining an overly crowded field of Democrats all wanting to be the one to take down the evil Trump empire.

“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us,” the 46-year-old former congressman from Texas said in a...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Feb 28, 2019. 15 comments

Beto O'Rourke Announces Pending 2020 Announcement

Beto O'Rourke Announces Pending 2020 Announcement

After months of speculation and live-streamed visits to the dentist, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced that he has decided on the nature of his next announcement.

A source familiar with the 46-year-old’s plans told CNN that O’Rourke will forego a follow-up bid for the Senate in 2020, leaving open the possibility of a presidential campaign.

O’Rourke, who rose to national...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Jan 17, 2019. 24 comments

We Thought Beto O’Rourke Was Cool Until We Found Out He Voted for Anti-Black Lives Matter Legislation

We Thought Beto O’Rourke Was Cool Until We Found Out He Voted for Anti-Black Lives Matter Legislation

During the 2018 midterm elections, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke quickly became a favorite even among those who couldn’t legally vote for him in his Senate race because they didn’t live in the state of Texas.

The former representative of Texas’s 16th Congressional District did everything right. He opposed the death penalty. He spoke in defense of NFL players who kneeled during the national...

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