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The Caucasian Candidate’s Guide to Black Voters

The Caucasian Candidate’s Guide to Black Voters

So you want to be president.

In America, reaching the pinnacle of any career doesn’t usually require the consent or approval of black people. In fact, it is possible to lead one of the most profitable companies in America ; govern the state of Alabama; determine whether or not America has talent or run a sports league built on black labor while displaying disdain and contempt for black...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 14, 2019. 22 comments

The Black Person’s Guide to the Trump Impeachment Hearings

The Black Person’s Guide to the Trump Impeachment Hearings

The House of Representatives began impeachment hearings for President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday. While everyone seems to have a different idea of what this actually means, we decided to prepare this handy dandy guide that breaks the process down into digestible language without relying on bullshit phraseology about “American values” and the “integrity of our democracy.”

Impeachment starts...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 12, 2019. 5 comments

'I Will Continue to Press On and Fight': Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Announces Run for Late Husband's Congressional Seat

'I Will Continue to Press On and Fight': Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Announces Run for Late Husband's Congressional Seat

Baltimore was dealt a devastating blow with the unexpected death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in October, and as the city that Donald Trump once belittled as “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess ” recovers from the loss of its longstanding congressman, a familiar face has announced her intention to continue his legacy.

Elijah Cummings, the Longtime Congressman From Maryland, Is Dead at...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 07, 2019. 15 comments

The Results Are In: Daniel Cameron Becomes First Black Attorney General in Kentucky

The Results Are In: Daniel Cameron Becomes First Black Attorney General in Kentucky

So election night has come and gone, and while we still have to wait a year—or less , if we’re lucky—to rid ourselves of President Untailored Suit, Tuesday night was still rather eventful.

In Kentucky, Daniel Cameron became the first African American to be elected attorney general in the state. Of additional note, he also became the first Republican—I know, I know—to be elected to the...

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Nov 02, 2019. 20 comments

Black Health Advocates Want US Government to Take on Menthols As Hard As It’s Taken on Other Flavored Tobacco

Black Health Advocates Want US Government to Take on Menthols As Hard As It’s Taken on Other Flavored Tobacco

African American health advocates are taking aim at the Trump administration’s decision to go after flavored e-cigarettes—except for menthol, a flavor long popular among, and known to be more addictive for, African Americans.

The Trump administration, concerned by a rise in underage use of e-cigarettes, recently touted a ban on all flavored vaping products, but pulled back on banning menthol...

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Nov 02, 2019.

Democratic Party Leader Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Mulls Run for Her Late Husband’s Congressional Seat

Democratic Party Leader Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Mulls Run for Her Late Husband’s Congressional Seat

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, head of Maryland’s Democratic Party, says she’s considering running for the 7th Congressional District seat that was held by her late husband, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

“I love Baltimore city, the counties of the 7th Congressional District, and the state of Maryland,” Rockeymoore Cummings said Thursday in her first public comments about her plans since her...

Nov 02, 2019. 14 comments

Beto, His Campaign Pockets Light and His Poll Numbers Low, Bows Out of His Run for the Oval Office

Beto, His Campaign Pockets Light and His Poll Numbers Low, Bows Out of His Run for the Oval Office

Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke on Friday took himself out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, bowing to low campaign coffers and even lower poll numbers.

The once-darling of the Democratic Party, who won acclaim last year when he came within mere points of beating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in historically red Texas, entered the race for the Democratic presidential...

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Nov 01, 2019. 13 comments

Georgetown Sets Goal to Raise $400,000 to Fund Reparations for Descendants of Those It Enslaved, but Effort’s Getting the Side Eye From Student Activists

Georgetown Sets Goal to Raise $400,000 to Fund Reparations for Descendants of Those It Enslaved, but Effort’s Getting the Side Eye From Student Activists

When Georgetown University students voted this spring to use student fees to pay reparations to descendants of the enslaved people Georgetown sold to keep its doors open in the 1800s, they made headlines in what’s become a national conversation on how to repay a very real debt owed to African Americans.

Georgetown Students Agree to Pay Reparations. No, Really

Welcome to 2019—where whole-ass...

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Nov 01, 2019. 11 comments

Russian Operatives Are Apparently Taking Their Disinformation Campaign on the Road—Moving From African Americans to the African Continent

Russian Operatives Are Apparently Taking Their Disinformation Campaign on the Road—Moving From African Americans to the African Continent

The Russians targeted African Americans in the run-up to election 2016 with deceptive social media accounts and websites purporting to be legitimate sources of information, and now, it looks like they’ve taken their disinformation campaign across the ocean to Africa.

Facebook says it’s shut down accounts linked to a Russian operative that were targeting several African nations, as the Bangkok...

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Oct 31, 2019. 19 comments

Ilhan Omar Draws Fire for Opting Out of House Vote to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide—and Rile Turkey

Ilhan Omar Draws Fire for Opting Out of House Vote to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide—and Rile Turkey

Rep. Ilhan Omar is drawing fire for basically abstaining on a House vote taken to formally acknowledge, for the first time in more than a century, the genocide of some 1.5 million Armenians in what is today the nation of Turkey.

Omar—the progressive Democrat and one of the collective of politically aligned freshman members of the House known as “the Squad”—angered advocates for the Armenian...

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Oct 31, 2019. 6 comments

Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ in the Era of Donald Trump

Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ in the Era of Donald Trump

For all eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama was the epitome of class and grace, ever speaking to how to bring opposing sides to common ground, whether during a beer summit or in offering a hand to recalcitrant Republicans .

Now, the nation’s forever president is calling out “cancel culture,” telling an audience at the annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago that shutting down a...

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Oct 30, 2019. 19 comments

NCAA Opens Door to College Athletes Being Able to Make Their Own Coins Off Their Own Names and Images

NCAA Opens Door to College Athletes Being Able to Make Their Own Coins Off Their Own Names and Images

The NCAA on Tuesday opened the door to college athletes being able to profit from their own names and likenesses, and finally share in the billions of dollars their athletic prowess brings to colleges and universities across the country.

In a news release, the college sports governing body indicated that it was willing to discuss the opportunity for college athletes “to benefit from the use of...

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Oct 29, 2019. 14 comments

Donald Trump Takes His ‘Buffoonery’ on the Road, Trashing Chicago and Its Top Cop in Speech Before Law Enforcement Group

Donald Trump Takes His ‘Buffoonery’ on the Road, Trashing Chicago and Its Top Cop in Speech Before Law Enforcement Group

As he has a tendency to do—especially when it comes to black or brown strongholds, from San Juan to Baltimore —Donald Trump trashed Chicago and its police superintendent during a speech Monday before a group of top cops.

Trump’s visit to Chicago to speak before the International Association of Chiefs of Police was his first to the city since occupying the Oval Office, reports the Chicago...

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Oct 26, 2019. 9 comments

Trump Organization Is Thinking of Selling the Lease to Its Controversial DC Hotel

Trump Organization Is Thinking of Selling the Lease to Its Controversial DC Hotel

Amid criticism that Donald Trump has been wrongly profiting from his swank Washington, D.C., hotel, the Trump Organization now is reportedly thinking of selling the lease it holds on it.

“People are objecting to us making so much money on the hotel, and therefore we may be willing to sell,” Trump’s son Eric, an executive vice president of The Trump Organization, told the Wall Street Journal.

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Oct 26, 2019. 2 comments

Awkward! Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Spills the Tea After Butt-Dialing a Reporter

Awkward! Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Spills the Tea After Butt-Dialing a Reporter

Maybe Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani needs to learn how to lock his phone.

According to NBC News, Giuliani butt-dialed one of its reporters on at least two occasions, allowing the writer to overhear Trump’s hype man mouthpiece discussing how much he needs cold, hard cash and bad-mouthing the Bidens (Joe and his son, Hunter).

NBC reporter Rich Schapiro explains he could only make...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 26, 2019. 20 comments

New Poll Finds Majority of (White) Americans Oppose Cash Reparations for Slavery

New Poll Finds Majority of (White) Americans Oppose Cash Reparations for Slavery

A slim majority of white Americans agree that hundreds of years of chattel slavery continue to impact African Americans to this day; however, only 15 percent of them support reparations to redress this damage, according to a recent poll.

According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, just under a third of all Americans support the idea that the U.S. government...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 25, 2019. 20 comments

A Video in Which Matt Gaetz, a White Man, Whines About Being Called a White Man

A Video in Which Matt Gaetz, a White Man, Whines About Being Called a White Man

Merriam Webster defines “identity politics” as:

politics in which groups of people having a particular racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity tend to promote their own specific interests or concerns without regard to the interests or concerns of any larger political group.

Although the Democratic Party’s constituency is far more diverse than the GOP, the party is controlled...

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Oct 25, 2019. 17 comments

DOJ Is Reportedly Making Its Review of How Russia Probe Came to Be a Criminal Matter

DOJ Is Reportedly Making Its Review of How Russia Probe Came to Be a Criminal Matter

Donald Trump has long derided as some “hoax” the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election that put Trump into the Oval Office. But, now, the Justice Department that has informally reviewing the origins of the special prosecutor’s probe has turned it into an official criminal investigation.

That’s according to sources to the New York Times; and it’s news that’s sure to...

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Oct 25, 2019. 6 comments

Voter Suppression Reportedly on Rise in States Where Increasing Numbers of Democratic-Leaning Students Head to the Polls

Voter Suppression Reportedly on Rise in States Where Increasing Numbers of Democratic-Leaning Students Head to the Polls

College students headed to the polls in droves during the last presidential election, and with that number only expected to grow in next year’s race, Republican lawmakers have been throwing up roadblocks, especially in swing states.

That’s because college students trend Democratic, according to recent polls, the New York Times reports. And attempts to suppress their vote are especially...

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Oct 24, 2019. 20 comments

It’s Getting Hot in Here: AOC Grills Mark Zuckerberg About Whether Facebook Will Allow Ads That Lie to Black Voters

It’s Getting Hot in Here: AOC Grills Mark Zuckerberg About Whether Facebook Will Allow Ads That Lie to Black Voters

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—aka the Notorious AOC, aka key member of the House’s progressive “Squad”—set Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg back on his heels Wednesday when she grilled him about the social media giant’s potential to manipulate marginalized communities in next year’s elections.

The exchange came during hearings for the House Financial Services Committee, according to Fox...

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