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About Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson is a career naval officer, former White House fellow and doctoral candidate in law and policy at Northeastern University.

The GOP’s Long History With Black Colleges

Just hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as America’s 45th president, the tricky political relationship between Republican presidents and historically black colleges and universities was already on display. [Continue reading]

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Smart City Tech Would Make Military Bases Safer

But in times of crisis, seconds matter. The same connectivity that allows overseas extremists to make personal threats with the click of a button could also enable quicker, stronger, and more comprehensive security responses at the nation’s military installations. Put simply, a base that employs smart technologies is safer.

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How Black Writers Can Help White Readers

We black writers are often the first touchpoint for white readers trying to understand a black experience or point of view, and email and social media make it easier than ever for readers to reach out and ask for more. Trolls aside, I think this is a positive development. My writing on everything from weighted [...]

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‘See You on the Other Side!’ My Family, 2 Presidents, and the African American Dream

The author (center), flanked on the left by President Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt Johnson Sr., and on the right by Theodore Roosevelt Johnson Jr. and Booker T. Washington   Our nation's capital is a living record of American history. Its iconic monuments and buildings allow visitors to navigate the American journey, from [...]

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The Political Power of the Black Sorority

After a five-month delay, Loretta Lynch made history last week. On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, the first African American woman ever to hold this Cabinet position. Her long-stalled nomination sometimes seemed in doubt, held hostage to partisan jockeying between Democrats and Republicans. But one political bloc never gave [...]

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We used to count black Americans as 3/5 of a person. For reparations, give them 5/3 of a vote.

A cash payout will never work. Here’s a better way to fight the enduring damage of slavery.   If you want to shut down a conversation about race, just say the word “reparations.” Even black Americans are divided over the idea that money can compensate for the vestiges of an evil institution that ended 150 [...]

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Russia Didn’t Hack the U.S.

It hacked the voters For months now, there’s been a blur of speculation and information suggesting Russia was interfering in our presidential election. Early on, officials in the Obama administration figured that the objective was simply to undermine faith and confidence in the electoral process. But over the weekend, a new CIA assessment brought it [...]

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As a black veteran, I always stand for the flag. But I understand why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem last night before his team’s nationally televised football game against the LA Rams. This was of little surprise. He made headlines last month by refusing “to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and [...]

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Why are African-Americans such loyal Democrats when they are so ideologically diverse?

Originally Published by The Washington Post   The safest bet in presidential politics this year is that Hillary Clinton is going to win the black vote by a yuge margin. But should Donald Trump win the election, it’s even safer to bet against his claim that he’ll win 95 percent of the black vote in [...]

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The Ice Cream Truck Song

I recently wrote my first article for NPR's Code Switch blog. In it, I talk about the history of one of the famous tunes played by the ice cream truck, alternatively known as "Turkey in the Straw," "Zip Coon," and "Nigger Love a Watermelon." The last two are as racist as they sound: Yes, THAT [...]

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