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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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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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Trump Protester
2016 Election

Do republicans want the black & latino vote?

“Get him the hell out of here,” said Donald Trump. Later, Trump’s supporters shouted, “Go home, nigger.” Trump. That’s the claim by Mercutio Southall, co-founder of the Birmingham, Ala., chapter of Black Lives Matter. Video footage of the incident, which has gone viral, shows white Trump supporters shoving, punching and kicking the black activist in

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US Politics: From dog whistles to fog horns.

I was invited on Tell me everything with John Fugelsang to talk about my op-ed, Race-baiting for the Presidency in the Atlantic and to answer the question: Does Racism still work?   Discussion Tidbits: John McCain’s negro child The Willie Horton Ad Birthers src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC9j6Wfdq3o” 

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