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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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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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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Jul 31, 2019. 10 comments

Democratic Debates, Day 1: Elizabeth Warren Came to Detroit and Caught a Body

Democratic Debates, Day 1: Elizabeth Warren Came to Detroit and Caught a Body

DETROIT—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was supposed to come to Detroit and prove to this mostly black city why its residents should trust her with their votes. She was supposed to present a vision of economic hope that would convince black women here, who are often impoverished heads of households and suffer disproportionate infant mortality rates, that she is their candidate.

Warren, one of...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 24, 2019.

Denali Berries Stuckey Becomes 12th Black Trans Woman Killed This Year

Denali Berries Stuckey Becomes 12th Black Trans Woman Killed This Year

The murderous death toll continues to climb for members of the transgender community with news of the killing of Denali Berries Stuckey, the 12th transgender woman to be slain this year.

Stuckey, 29, was found shot to death along a road in North Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, and police are now investigating whether her death was the result of a hate crime, CBS News reports.

‘We definitely have...

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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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 10, 2019. 19 comments

Robert Johnson of BET Fame Still Got Love for Donald Trump While Saying of Democrats: Y’all Moving Too Far, Too Fast [Corrected]

Robert Johnson of BET Fame Still Got Love for Donald Trump While Saying of Democrats: Y’all Moving Too Far, Too Fast [Corrected]

The nation’s first black billionaire, BET founder Robert Johnson, says Democrats are moving too far to the left for his taste, and that when it comes to Donald Trump, ya gotta give credit where credit is due.

“Overall, if you look at the U.S. economy…you got to give the president an A+ for that,” Johnson told CNBC, the network reported Tuesday.

“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 09, 2019. 13 comments

Elizabeth Warren Takes a Bite Out of the Bernie Bros With $19 Million Haul in Campaign Cash

Elizabeth Warren Takes a Bite Out of the Bernie Bros With $19 Million Haul in Campaign Cash

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in campaign cash over the past three months, beating the take of similarly politically progressive rival Sen. Bernie Sanders during the same period.

The numbers suggest Warren may be viewed as a more politically viable alternative to Sanders. And, as the New York Times reports, the Massachusetts senator also seemingly...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 06, 2019. 16 comments

Money Moves: Elizabeth Warren Touts Plan to Increase Pay for Black and Brown Women

Money Moves: Elizabeth Warren Touts Plan to Increase Pay for Black and Brown Women

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth “I have a plan for that” Warren pledged Friday to help close the pay gap suffered by women of color, especially by women who are black or brown.

On the heels of a planned appearance at the Essence Festival, one of the largest gatherings of black women in the country , the Massachusetts Democrat announced that if she became president, she would...

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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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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 01, 2019. 18 comments

Kamala Harris Now Tied for 3rd With Elizabeth Warren in Polls Behind Two Old White Men

Kamala Harris Now Tied for 3rd With Elizabeth Warren in Polls Behind Two Old White Men

The battle for third place among Democratic presidential candidates is heating up after a stellar showing during the debates. California Sen. Kamala Harris is now tied for third with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) behind former Vice President Joe Biden and America’s favorite H&R Block tax consultant, Bernie Sanders.

After the debates, in which Harris handed Biden his hat and coat and then showed...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 27, 2019. 23 comments

In First Debate, Democrats Say They’re All for Change, but Argue Over How Far to Go and at What Cost

In First Debate, Democrats Say They’re All for Change, but Argue Over How Far to Go and at What Cost

In the Democrats’ first presidential primary debate Wednesday night, the candidates each hit on the need for change, but showed differences about how they would achieve such change and on how far such change should go.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, asked whether her economic policies — i.e., free college, free child care, cancellation of student debt — would seem “risky” to the...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 27, 2019. 7 comments

NYC District Attorney Candidate Backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Democratic Primary Victory

NYC District Attorney Candidate Backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Democratic Primary Victory

In what will be a major upset to the Democratic Party machine and old-guard Democrats if it holds, a progressive and openly queer Latina attorney appears to have narrowly defeated the party’s pick in the primary election to become the next district attorney for the borough of Queens in New York City.

In overwhelmingly Democratic New York, the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary is expected...

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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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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 25, 2019. 17 comments

No More ‘Great White Hopes’: Study Reports Women and Men of Color Are Just as Electable as White Men

No More ‘Great White Hopes’: Study Reports Women and Men of Color Are Just as Electable as White Men

It’s a word that trails women and people of color like a stray dog: “electability”—a word that’s become a catch-all code for nebulous concerns that certain candidates just don’t (or can’t) inspire voters to turn out at the polls as much as others. But, as a new study suggests, if those concerns are tethered to a candidate’s race or gender, they ought not to be.

A study from the advocacy group...

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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. Jun 08, 2019. 16 comments

Joe Biden Switches Position on Abortion Funding After Sen. Elizabeth Warren Gathered His Ass Up

Joe Biden Switches Position on Abortion Funding After Sen. Elizabeth Warren Gathered His Ass Up

Former Vice President Joe Biden is proving himself to be a fuckboi. At this point, I wouldn’t trust Obama’s BFF to tell me what he ate for breakfast this morning if he hadn’t checked with his campaign staff and taken a peek at his polling numbers to see where bacon haters have landed.

For the longest time, Biden has been in support of the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funding being used...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir May 27, 2019. 16 comments

Biden’s World: Joe Flexing a Commanding Lead in New Poll

Biden’s World: Joe Flexing a Commanding Lead in New Poll

Americans know a mediocre thing when they see one, and they’re warming up to warming up 2015’s leftovers for the Oval Office, according to a new poll.

If the numbers are to be believed, the “NBA Jam” announcer could soon inform us that the former Delaware congressman is on fire.

In a poll conducted by Republican firm Echelon Insights, 1,005 Democrats and left-leaning Independents were asked...

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Janet Watson Janet Watson May 02, 2019. 16 comments

History Lesson: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Breaks Down Why Her $50 Billion Plan to Fund HBCUs Is Very Necessary

History Lesson: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Breaks Down Why Her $50 Billion Plan to Fund HBCUs Is Very Necessary

Last week, 2020 presidential candidate and U.S Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) outlined a radical education plan that addresses the racial and socioeconomic disparities in our higher education system. Her plan includes tuition and non-tuition-related solutions such as a minimum $50 billion federal fund for HBCUs, a $100 million investment in Pell Grants, and prohibiting public colleges from...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Apr 22, 2019. 14 comments

Elizabeth Warren Proposes $50 Billion in Aid to HBCUs, Student Debt Forgiveness in Radical Higher Ed Reform Package

Elizabeth Warren Proposes $50 Billion in Aid to HBCUs, Student Debt Forgiveness in Radical Higher Ed Reform Package

If there’s one thing Americans of all stripes seem to agree on, it’s that the education system is broken: school districts are increasingly segregated and disproportionately funded at the K-12 level, and the cost of college educations—touted as an essential step toward economic advancement—has become increasingly prohibitive.

Because of skyrocketing tuition costs, a student debt crisis has...

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