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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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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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Bernie Sanders
2016 Election

Why doesn’t Bernie resonate with black voters?

I was invited on WNPR’s “Where We Live” to discuss the rise of Bernie Sanders and how the Democratic party is responding to his popularity in the 2016 race for president. OTHER INVITED GUESTS: Colin McEnroe – Host of The Colin McEnroe Show John Dillon – Director at Vermont Public Radio Bob Kinzel – Reporter

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Ronald Reagan
2016 Election

Race-Baiting for the Presidency

  Law & Order. States Rights. In February 2000, George W. Bush’s presidential campaign was in peril heading into the South Carolina primary. John McCain had just scored an unexpected victory in New Hampshire, and his candidacy was picking up steam. The Bush campaign was fighting for its life. What happened next is political lore.

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