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Bernie Sanders hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet on the race to the election, but the Democratic presidential candidate has made it known that his chances for becoming the Democratic nominee are a bit slim.
In an interview with C-SPAN earlier this week, Sanders said, “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to determine the scope of the convention.”
Two days later, on MSNBC, when asked if he planned to vote for Clinton, he offered, “Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president.”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 24, 2016
In addition, when asked why he wouldn’t withdraw from the race, given that he’s accepted that Clinton will be the nominee, he explained that he wanted to continue fighting for the “strongest possible platform.”
“My job right now as a candidate is to fight to make sure that the Democratic Party not only has the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party, but that that platform is actually implemented by elected officials,” Sanders said on CNN.
And while he won’t come out as the candidate that won the Democratic nominee, he did explain that it’s still his goal to see the party embrace free public college tuition, a $15 minimum wage and an aggressive battle with climate change. “What I am trying to do right now is to make sure that the Democratic Party becomes a party that represents working people, not Wall Street.” he concluded.
Before Barack Obama was elected president, I was apathetic about an electoral system I felt never works in Black folks’ favor. I also didn’t have to be heavily invested in politics since I was too young to cast a vote before his campaign anyway. In 2008, however, with the arrival of President Obama, the political narrative shifted not necessarily in favor of Black America, but in favor of hope as he stood as a symbol that better (racial) times were ahead. Or so we hoped.
That fateful night, when my college campus erupted in celebration and students blasted “My President Is Black” by Young Jeezy from every corner of the yard, was one of the first times I ever felt extremely American, like maybe the country cared about us.
But now that Obama and his beautiful family spend their final months in the White House, that optimistic light he once inspired in me is dimming. In fact, because the current presidential race is so weak, to be quite frank, I don’t even want to waste my time voting.
In case you’ve haven’t been paying attention, on one side of the aisle is Donald Trump, GOP frontrunner and professional bigot. Again, to be frank, he is trash but is still considered the candidate to beat thanks to a scary amount of people in this country. His Republican opponents, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich, are less nauseating, so I’d bet on them over Trump. But that’s not saying much.
Alternatively, in an idealistic dream world lives Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They’re pretty neck and neck in terms of popularity on the Democratic side, but I’m Young Metro to Clinton’s bullsh-t. Her newfound interest in the Black community is worthy of a side-eye. And though Sanders is the one candidate I wouldn’t mind seeing sitting in the Oval Office since his campaign seems the most fair and sound, he’s a little too impractical at times with his plans.
I’ll tell you what’s real: As a whole, the Black community is still largely underserved and devalued. The system doesn’t defend us as seen by the fallen Black bodies that haven’t received justice and the stereotypical tropes still pumping throughout media. In turn, we’ve created movements like Black Girls Rock!, Black Lives Matter and #BlackGirlMagic to bring about our own systems of inspiration and appreciation. We needed to revive our sense of community and purpose in the face of laws and policies that fail us every day. I have more hope in DeRay, in “Netta,” in Bomani Jones, and in the activism I finally feel and see moving within our community to stop accepting BS treatment in this country.
Because I’ve found solace in this activism, when I watch these debates play out in the political circus, I’m simply underwhelmed. I’m weary of all the talking.
Still, I can’t forget the countless Black men and women who fought tirelessly and died for our right to vote. Their resilience in the face of hoses and White supremacist rage is the only reason I’m still considering rocking an “I voted” sticker this time around, even though I don’t want to step foot in a voting booth. But at the end of the day, I never want to take their spilled blood for granted.
I just don’t feel fired up or have much faith in our system. I don’t hang on to every word Clinton says as I clung to Obama’s witty and thoughtful eloquence. If I do vote, I know I’ll simply be doing so as if I was making a rushed lunch decision. Literally, it’ll be like choosing between a pig or a cow. No matter what decision I make on the ballot, it might eventually kill me. So sometimes you can’t help but wonder, why make a choice at all?
Donald Trump and his never-ending antics seem to make the news on a daily basis. Most Americans have very strong and highly negative opinions about Trump and his problematic presidential bid, as evidenced by the commentary of his fellow candidates, campaigns like Stop Hate Dump Trump, and the numerous people who have protested at his rallies.
Not that we needed confirmation, but a recent Associated Press poll shows that 7 out of 10 Americans view Trump unfavorably. And yet, he’s still leading Republican presidential candidates. All that despite his disrespectful comments about women and abortions, Mexicans, Muslims and more. The harsher his stances become (and the less clear his plans are), the better he seems to do with Republican voters.
But what does the rest of the world think about the controversial man who wants to be the 45th president of the United States? Click through to find out where officials and politicians stand on the Donald.
If 2016 looks and feels strangely familiar in a déjà vu sort of way, there’s a reason. We’re still in the first quarter of 2016 and yet so much of this new year (can we still call it a new year?) is filled with the same old antics we hoped and prayed would be left in the past where they belong. Here’s a list of things we’re still tired of in 2016.
Zendaya’s ultimate retort to Giuliana Rancic is starving herself down to the size of one of her elbowz
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 13, 2016
You don’t have to have an eating disorder to attend the Kids’ Choice Awards….but it helps!
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 13, 2016
Attacking Young Black Celebs
“Comedian” Julie Klausner straight up attacked Zendaya Coleman by publicly body-shaming the young star’s weight. In proper fashion, Coleman clapped back at Klausner, asking if she wants to be next to be set straight (remember, Zendaya schooled Giuliana Rancic after she made disrespectful comments about her faux locs).
And a New York Post writer recently trashed siblings Jaden and Willow Smith, saying “any reasonable parent would be ashamed of them.” What’s shameful is these grown adults thinking it’s okay to behave in this manner. If the tables were turned and someone came after their children in the same way, they’d be up in arms.
Today we all get to feel a little smarter than Neil deGrasse Tyson – just by a hair.
Still, he is the sexist astrophysicist alive. How is this even possible?
Well, it all started with this tweet:
People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 13, 2016
Exactly. What are you talking about Tyson?
I mean, how could the man who proved to the world that Pluto wasn’t even a real planet, be so…well, confused.
Naturally his tweet would spark a lot of outrage – and tons of head-scratching – across the blogosphere including many folks who wondered if this was Tyson’s sly way of endorsing Trump.
Well, late last night Tyson took to his Facebook page and, in a note, offered this clarification:
“Dear Facebook Universe,
On March 12, 2016 I posted a tweet that made reference to Donald Trump. I’ve come to learn that my intended meaning was not accurately received by many, possibly most, people who read it. I think hard about word usage before I post any tweet, so when grammar or punctuation errors slip by that confuse the meaning of my intended message, my only reaction is embarrassment, forcing me to resort to Facebook Notes to confess, clarify, and correct.
“The tweet was this:
People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.
But should have been this:
People who are anti-Trump are actually anti Trump-supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.”
For those of you who are having trouble seeing the clarification, it is the shift in hyphen from “anti-Trump” to “anti Trump-supporters.”
Still confused? Well Tyson has a response for that too.
“In spite of that barely-perceptible hyphen-shift, if you are still confused, then it’s just a badly worded tweet.
My simple point is that if Donald Trump were not a front-runner then his views would be more than footnotes in a day’s news cycle, and nobody would be investing so much ink (electrons) and air (cable) time debating his views — the international press and the British Parliament included. So the real issue for those who are anti-Trump is the strong support he has garnered from fellow citizens – fellow voters. Beyond being “Pro” your favorite candidate, if you are also anti-Trump, then in practical terms you are against the decision exercised by citizens of a free democracy to vote for this particular candidate of their choice.
In the end, for me, it’s all about education — not so much what you know, but how you think about and see the world.
For these reasons, I have not made it a past-time to attack or otherwise criticize elected officials. They presumably represent the views of people who voted for them. (Of course,if that’s not the case, one should ask how they got elected in the first place.) Regardless of whether a politician lies or cheats or deceives the electorate, or is under-informed on matters that may influence legislation, my responsibility as an educator, particularly as a science educator, is not to tell people who to vote for, but to empower people how to think about and analyze information that may affect their lives and livelihood. This especially includes knowing what science is, and how and why it works.
Then I step away, while you formulate your own opinions in our glorious, free, pluralistic society.
As always, keep looking up.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Washington, DC.”
Okay, I have to say the clarification helped a little but I still have to call shenanigans on both the tweet and his follow-up explanation.
First, there has been speculation that a number of delegates will refuse to endorse Trump at the convention and instead throw their support behind a spoiler. If that happens I could certainly see Tyson’s point about folks being “against the decision exercised by citizens of a free democracy to vote for this particular candidate of their choice.”
But that hasn’t happened yet. He has run and won each of his elections free and clear. In fact, the only obstruction to his campaign that has happened is a lot of protesting and belly-aching at Trump campaign rallies. And since there is no proof that these anti-folks are actually conspiring to block citizens from the ballot box, where the actual voting in this country takes place (and not at campaign rallies), it is a little presumptuous to say that all of the anti- folks – just by the nature of being against Trump or his supporters – are actively denying Trump and his supporters their right to participate in the democratic process.
Secondly, I disagree with the idea that what we have been participating in is at all a “free democracy.” Not when we have Party conventions where delegates and super-delegates get the final say in how our votes should be interpreted. Not when Citizens United is a thing. And not when there is enough PAC money floating around that third party candidates barely breaching the fourth estate for coverage of their campaigns. What I’m saying is that the days of one-man, one-vote are long gone – if those days ever existed to begin with.
Not to mention, Trump is not some Joe-Schmo off the street who decided one day he could be president. He is not The Rent is Too Damn High guy. He is a captain of industry, a media mogul who has both connections and access to people and spaces that the rest of us will never have. His press announcement got more press coverage than all of Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign rallies have gotten combined. So even if folks are actively working against Trump getting the nod, that does not make them in contrast to the very democratic system that got Trump to be seen as a viable candidate to begin with. If anything, it makes them participants.
And finally, who cares? Amirite?
Like really, who cares if the folks who are protesting are anti-Trump or his supporters when it is the ideas, beliefs and attitudes behind the two is what have us worried? I mean, we can anti-both, right?
So, the idea that Tyson is trying to enlighten us on how free democracy works when the American voting system mirrors nothing like a free democracy is just reductive, to say the least.
But what do you folks think? Should Tyson stick to mapping the constellation and the stars or does he have a point?
Recently, the campaign for presidential candidate Donald Trump said that it had intentions of getting 100 percent of the Black vote.
We all know that’s crazy talk, but he does have his supporters within the community.
And in the interest of airing them out, here is a list of the 10 Black folks who are #TeamTrump2016. Please note that Omarosa, Dr. Ben Carson, the National Black Republican Association and Tootsie Roll and Blow Pop, also known as Diamond and Silk did not make the list. As that’s like saying water is wet.
The Man Who Repeatedly Pushed The Black Woman At A Trump Rally Said He Was “Caught Up In The Frenzy”
Last week, we shared a very disturbing video of a young Black woman, who has since been identified as Shiya Nwanguma, a student at the University of Louisville, being repeatedly pushed out of a Donald Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky. If you saw the video you may have noticed that man doing most of the pushing was an older man in some type of military uniform. Truly shameful.
Turns out the man was an Army veteran named Alvin Bamberger. According to Military.com, Bamberger, who is a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, said he regrets shoving the young woman.
Bamberger wrote a letter to the president of the Korean War Veterans Association, after his face was circulated all over the internet. In it, he said:
“I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit, an action I sincerely regret.”
The association didn’t release the full letter but WSCH, a radio station in Lawrence Kansas obtained it and confirmed its authenticity.
The 75-year-old veteran continued saying, “I have embarrassed myself, my family and Veterans. This was a very unfortunate incident and it is my sincere hope that I can be forgiven for my actions.”
The letter doesn’t indicate whether Bamberger has reached out to Nwanguma personally to apologize.
He did make it a point to say that he is not racist and does not belong to any racist organizations. He said he didn’t push her because she’s Black. Bamberger claims that it was an earlier interaction with some other protestors that caused him to react so strongly to Nwanguma.
“…everything seemed to be under control and mostly orderly. All that changed when Trump got to the stage. Protestors in the crowd became vocal and began pushing and shoving their way toward the stage. At one point I was physically knocked down and fell to the ground, losing my jacket (which was eventually returned to me). The protestors were holding up signs, chanting ‘Black lives matter’ and pushing and shoving Trump supporters.
Trump kept saying ‘get them out, get them out’ and people in the crowd began pushing and shoving the protestors. Unfortunately a lot of this behavior was happening right next to where I was standing and having been pushed to the floor myself, my emotions got the best of me, and I was caught up in the frenzy. I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit, an action I sincerely regret.”
He said he attended the rally because Trump has been so supportive of veterans. It was only later, after he pushed Nwanguma that he realized some of the people standing right next to him were members of a White supremacist group.
“Unfortunately my state of mind after being knocked down and hurt myself, and being caught between a group of white supremacists and Black Lives Matter protestors contributed to my behavior however, there is no excuse for my actions.”
Since the incident, Bamberger told the radio station that he has been staying with family members in Colorado.
I know you’ve seen the Facebook memes and posts likening Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. In fact, there’s a whole video where a man reads Hitler quotes to Trump supporters to get their reaction and it’s pretty frightening just how much foolishness they were willing to agree with just because they thought they came from the mind and mouth of Donald Trump. In fact, one man, even after he knew that the quotes came from Hitler still said, “Well, if Donald Trump said ‘em, I’d support ‘em.”
And that’s perhaps the most troubling thing about Donald Trump, the people who live in the real world and support him. The people who are so easily led astray by empty rhetoric, fear mongering and bigotry. They believe in him and his message so much that it allowed them to get “caught up in a frenzy.” A frenzy that caused a 75-year-old man to push and push and push and push a Black, female college student in a public space. He did it because he knew he wouldn’t be punished for it. He did it because he felt like the Black Lives Matter crew were responsible for hurting him. He did it because, on some level, he believes what Trump has to say about so many minority groups in this country. And he did it because he was following Trump’s instruction to “get them out of here” by any means necessary. I’m sure there are some former Nazi’s who got caught up in a frenzy too, who believed their actions would go unpunished, who were ready to follow Hitler’s instruction to eliminate the Jews.
As told to Veronica Wells
This campaign cycle has really shown a lot of people’s true colors. There are the lurking he-man-woman-haters who oppose Hillary for the simple fact that she has a vagina. The the shallow and ageist among us who believe Bernie Sanders shouldn’t be president, not because he’s unqualified, but because he’s not attractive or might have a heart attack in office. And the worst of them, the Donald Trump supporters. While it would seem that anyone with common sense couldn’t support a candidate who is lacking not only in diplomacy but basic human decency. Then again, you know what they say. Common sense ain’t all that common.
There’s nothing worse than regarding someone as intelligent, kind and charismatic only to have that original impression completely demolished.
I work for an internet startup company. And my boss was the intelligent, kind and charismatic one. He is honestly, hands down the best supervisor I’ve ever had. Not only did he know his job, he was invested in making sure his employees had the resources and proper environment to ensure that they could perform to the best of their ability. After I had been there for some years, he was the one who came to me and suggested that I go out for a new position with more money and more responsibilities.
Because he was so heavily involved, whenever he noticed that I was feeling down about something that had happened in my personal life, he went out of his way to provide solutions. Just an all around, cool, White dude.
I never noticed how conservative my boss was because we never really talked about politics. But all of that changed when President Obama was running for reelection. That’s when all the contempt came out. All of a sudden the water cooler conversation was dominated by the ways in which my boss found President Obama to be incompetent and deplorable. I shrugged it off. There was nothing wrong with being cool with a Republican.
But Lord knows, if Mitt Romney had won that election things might have been different. Thankfully, I never got a chance to witness that.
I thought things were bad in 2012, but 2016 has proven to be even more ridiculous. The Republicans seemed to have literally no one worthy of the presidency. (Maybe Jeb Bush…but you saw how that worked out.) The candidates were so bad, I thought even my boss would have to admit that he would have to switch teams and vote Democrat for the first time in his life.
I was mistaken.
A couple of weeks ago, he told us he was taking off work to visit some family members in South Carolina. But a few days later, I learned the real reason why he was down there. My boss, the man I had trusted and even confided in, sent me and several other employees, many of them non-White, pictures from a Donald Trump rally. Not a Trump rally he just so happened to pass on his way to some other, more morally befitting event, a Trump rally he was attending. And not in protest.
Cheesing and grinning in front of campaign posters, my boss sent a message along with the images saying, “You guys are looking at the name of your next president.” When someone asked him why he was supporting such an uncouth bigot, my beloved boss said that he’s tired of the same old political tricks and rhetoric. He was sure that Trump would ‘tell it like it is’ in order to change America. My boss said Donald Trump was the only one who could “make a difference.”
I didn’t respond to the text and instead removed myself from the fruitless conversation. A man who supported Trump is obviously a man beyond reason.
I’m so disappointed. So much so that in my free time, I find myself thinking back to any signs of delusion or intolerance that I may have missed. It had to have been there. After all, I don’t know how any White person could be for Trump and not be racist.
The other big story to come out of Super Tuesday is what is happening with voter turnout.
According to NBC, voter turnout is nearing 2008 historic levels.
Great news, right? It’s seems like that movement that Bernie Sanders’ folks have been predicting is finally coming to pass.
But not so fast. As also reported by NBC News:
“A tally of nine states where Democrats and Republicans both headed to the polls on Tuesday shows that total turnout looks much like it did eight years ago — but the numbers are reversed by party.
More than 5.6 million votes were cast in the Democratic contest on Tuesday in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. About 8.3 million were cast on the GOP side in the same set of states.
(Those numbers are based on votes as they were still being counted early Wednesday, which means that the totals will go up in the coming hours and days as the final tallies are tabulated.)
But back in 2008, about 8.2 million votes were cast in the contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the same nine states. On the GOP side, it was just about five million.
The high GOP participation on Tuesday echoes a pattern seen in the first four nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — where Republican turnout has been higher and Democratic turnout lower than past years.”
It’s hard to say what this all means for the Democratic ticket this early on in the election season (Lord knows, I don’t even want to imagine a Donald Trump candidacy). Perhaps many Democratic voters are ambivalent about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and instead, are saving their enthusiasm until it really matters (i.e. against Trump)?
Or perhaps the country is moving more to the conservative side and is actually considering Trump a viable candidate?
What a horrible thought.
However it is conceivable when you look at what is happening culturally to White people in America. For one, White working class people are voting less for the democratic party than they had in the past.
As noted by in a study by the Pew Research Center, there are “sharp differences” and how White and Blacks are voting. More specifically:
“Republicans hold a 49%-40% lead over the Democrats in leaned party identification among whites. The GOP’s advantage widens to 21 points among white men who have not completed college (54%-33%) and white southerners (55%-34%).”
Likewise, most of our mainstream news media outlets are either moderate to right-leaning. The most recent of which is MSNBC, which used to promote a very liberal line-up but now have kicked (or preempted – depending on who you asked) even some of their more respected liberal hosts to the curb.
Then there are all those recent studies and articles which suggest a growing resentment among a number of White men in particular who feel like there is a bias – or reverse racism – against them. It was a point made by PBS’ Gwen Ifill when during the last Democratic debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, she asked “If working-class white Americans are about to be outnumbered, are already underemployed in many cases, and once study found they are dying sooner, don’t they have a reason to be resentful?”
And then there is what happened a few nights ago at the Oscars when liberal Hollywood basically made a mockery out of the Black Lives Matter movement and #OscarsSoWhite campaign (And those are supposed to be our allies).
I’m no expert on White people but it certainly seems like there is turning in the political and social tide – one away from the progressive values promoted on the Left.
And it probably doesn’t help that in the last few months, both candidates on the democratic ticket have made race and racism central to their campaign.
Consider it race-talk fatigue but it seems that the more they talk about it, the less (White) folks on the Left feel inspired to go to the polls to vote for one of their own.
But what are your thoughts? What is keeping folks on the Left from the polls?
To read the headlines, it would seem like America is going to hell in a hand basket. And sadly, there’s quite a bit of evidence to support that claim. You need look no further than the current Presidential campaign.
One of the biggest problems with Donald Trump is that he gives racists permission to come out and spew their vile. His campaign, which has put forth no policy except for the stance of deporting immigrants and banning Muslims from the country, promises a different type of hope.
The type of hope that says you can stand on the platform of racism, intolerance and unconstitutional, dictator-type beliefs and still be a successful public figure, sometime-successful businessman and presidential candidate.
And the poor, disenfranchised and disgusted conservative, lower and middle class, are so starved for something to hold on to, someone to acknowledge their experiences and feelings, that they cling to that twisted hope. And they’re willing to fight for it.
We saw it recently at a Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky. When a Black woman, who showed up to protest was literally pushed and shoved by Trump supporters. Take a look at it below.
What’s so disturbing about all of this is that there were security guards or police officers at the event and none of them came to the woman’s aide. If this is the type of America we’re heading toward with the increasingly real possibility that Donald Trump might become President of the United States, it’s no wonder people are increasingly searching “how to move to Canada.”