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Democrats Are Getting Very Serious About the Native American Vote

What do the 573 federally recognized nations of American Indians and Alaska Natives all have in common? A never-ending need for lawyers. The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum held this week in Sioux City, Iowa, at which 11 presidential candidates fielded questions from indigenous elected officials and activists, was a rousing two-day argument for […]

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#LookingWhileBlack: Police Stop, Question Black Man for ‘Looking Suspiciously’ at a White Woman

Screenshot: Kimiko Adolph (Facebook) In what serves as the latest example of #ExistingWhileBlack, I present 20-year-old Devin Meyers, who was stopped by police for—wait for it—“looking suspiciously” at a white woman. No, really. Have you ever seen a white woman in public? They do a lot of suspicious shit. But regardless, according to the Daily […]

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Fears and Frustrations as Newark, NJ, Hands Out Bottled Water Amid a Lead-Contaminated Water Crisis of Its Own

Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka speaks about the city’s ongoing water crisis Aug. 14, 2019 in Newark. At left is Kareem Adeem, acting director of Water and Sewer Utilities in Newark and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo: Rick Loomis (Getty) Inspiring comparisons to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., New Jersey’s biggest (and predominantly […]

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Black Homebuyer Finds KKK Application in Cop’s Home—Sheds New Light on Shooting Death of Black Man in 2009

Screenshot: MLive Rob Mathis was ready to make an offer on the house—a grand 5-bedroom home sitting on 22 acres in the small town of Holton, Michigan. But during a recent tour of the property, a quick rundown of the home’s decor put Mathis and his wife, Reyna on edge: A NASCAR-decorated garage housing two […]

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When It Comes to 2020, Up Is Down and Down Is Up

The Democrats’ ability to wrest back Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa faces a steep hurdle. The population of the Rust Belt is aging at a much faster pace than the rest of the country. Exit polls show that people over the age of 50 put Donald Trump in the White House, and the Midwest has […]

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Dems Descend on Detroit for Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr DETROIT—Here in the Motor City, locals are looking for Democratic candidates to prove one thing: Can you beat Donald Trump? This is not a question germane to Detroit—indeed, Trump is wildly unpopular with black people nationally—but what makes this city particularly vital is that it is the biggest black city in […]

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Trump’s Attacks Are Good Politics — for Democrats

President Trump’s tweet attacks on members of Congress of color, from “The Squad” to Representative Elijah Cummings, have made it clear that fanning the flames of white racial resentment is central to his politics and re-election strategy. For decades, some left-leaning strategists stifled their candidates’ response to dog whistles for fear of alienating whites who […]

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#DodgeBallWhileBlack: 10-Year-Old Black Boy Charged With a Crime for Playing Dodge Ball

Photo: iStock In the latest case of what one apparently cannot do and be black in this country, a 10-year-old black child is facing an assault charge because he (allegedly) hit another child (and, yes, a white child) in the face while playing a game of dodge ball. The black child’s mom, Cameishi Lindley, tells […]

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NAACP Puts It to the House: Impeach Donald Trump!

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACPPhoto: Mark Wilson (Getty) Delegates to the NAACP voted unanimously Tuesday to have the nation’s oldest civil rights organization press the House to start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. “This president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era,” NAACP President […]

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Clean Water Is a ‘Right’: Kamala Harris Promotes Bill Ensuring Water Safety in Every Community

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty) Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris is proposing a law to safeguard access to clean water for everyone, including minority communities like those in Flint, Mich., most at-risk for being without. “Every American has the right to clean water, period,” the California Democrat said in announcing the Water Justice Act, The Hill […]

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Ilhan Omar Slams Trump as ‘Fascist’ While He Cries ‘Wasn’t Me’ on the ‘Send Her Back’ Chants

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaking at a press conference to introduce a piece of legislation in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2019Photo: Stefani Reynolds (Getty) Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar struck back Thursday against Donald Trump and his “Send her back”-braying fans, saying the raucous catcalls were not so much about her, but about what Trump stands for: […]

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2020 Won’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2016, Whatever They Were

WASHINGTON — Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes. Whatever they were, exactly. Was it the loss of working-class white voters or urban black voters? Too much talk of Donald J. Trump or not enough? And what about those […]

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AOC Slams ‘Manufactured Cruelty’ at US Southern Border in Testimony Before House Panel

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stands to be sworn in before she testifies before the House Oversight Committee hearing on family separation and detention centers, July 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill, flanked on her left by Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais (Associated Press) Four Democratic congresswomen shared harrowing accounts […]

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The Case for Reparations? All Hell Breaks Loose After AfroFuture Fest Charges White People Double to Attend

AfroFuture Youth co-director and founder Numi Ori.Screenshot: Uhuru Video (YouTube) Throughout the course of 2019, it seems like everyone and their mother has unveiled their stance on reparations. From Democratic presidential candidates to Georgetown students, to riveting House testimonies, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch “We Elected an African-American” McConnell, we can’t go two days without someone […]

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Rick Snyder, Ex-Michigan Governor, Withdraws From Harvard Post Over Flint Uproar

Rick Snyder, a former governor of Michigan, removed himself from an upcoming fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School amid a backlash over his role in a water contamination crisis in one the nation’s most impoverished cities. The choice of Mr. Snyder as a fellow by the prestigious school of government inflamed Mr. Snyder’s critics after […]

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Justin Amash, a Trump Critic on the Right, Leaves the G.O.P.

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, the only sitting Republican member of Congress to support impeaching President Trump, announced on Thursday that he was leaving the party after facing fierce attacks from the president and fellow Republicans. In an op-ed essay in The Washington Post that did not mention Mr. Trump by name, Mr. Amash wrote: […]

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Justin Amash Leaves G.O.P. After Onslaught From Trump

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, the only sitting Republican member of Congress to support impeaching President Trump, announced on Thursday that he was leaving the party after facing fierce attacks from the president and fellow Republicans. In an op-ed essay in The Washington Post that did not mention Mr. Trump by name, Mr. Amash wrote: […]

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