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Trump Racist
2016 Election

Donald Trump’s “black outreach” provides moral cover to white voters.

Hillary Clinton’s remarks linking Donald Trump to the alt-right come at a time when he’s been attempting to broaden his support among black voters. While some of those appeals have offended minorities and whites on both sides of the aisle; observers have said that Trump’s appeal to African-American voters and his apparent pivot on issues like immigration are actually designed to win

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trump black voters
2016 Election

Donald Trump is pretending to engage the Black community.

Donald Trump is continuing to struggle with minority voters. Is there any hope for him to win support as the general election approaches? I was invited on MSNBC to weigh in. On Donald Trump’s black outreach: “What we will really have to see is an actual engagement with black life rather than a performance of

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Eleanor Roosevelt
2016 Election

Eleanor Roosevelt & why black Voters left the GOP.

NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with historian Leah Wright Rigueur, whose book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power, explores the history of the relationship between African-Americans and the Republican Party. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: At that meeting that Donald Trump held in New York this morning, black Republican leaders were

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Muhammad Ali Ronald Reagan
Democrats

When Muhammad Ali Endorsed Ronald Reagan

Americans were caught off guard. But the move reflected the complexity of the legendary champion’s public life.   About a month before the presidential election of 1984, Muhammad Ali publicly endorsed President Ronald Reagan’s reelection bid. He did so against the backdrop of a tony Los Angeles gathering of black Republicans where attendees and members

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Jackie Robinson, Militant Black Republican
Black Lives Matter

Jackie Robinson: A Militant Black Republican

[x_blockquote cite=”Jackie Robinson in 1968″ type=”left”]“I’m a black man first, an American second, & then I will support a political party—third.”[/x_blockquote] On a Saturday evening in February of 1966, over a thousand mostly white Republican men and women crowded into a Cleveland hotel banquet hall, eager to hear Jackie Robinson’s opening keynote for the annual

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Black Voters
Democrats

Black Voters Are Not A Monolith.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s a gross misunderstanding of what black politics and activism means in our country. We’re seeing some of that misunderstanding play out right now, as pundits rush to assess the role that black voters played in Hillary Clinton’s triumphant victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary – a contest where roughly 86 percent of black voters

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