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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What Nixon Can Teach the GOP About Courting Black Voters

The starting gun of the 2016 presidential election has quickly been followed by Republican candidates stumbling over how to talk to, and about, voters of color—the examples are almost too many to count. There was Donald Trump calling Mexican immigrants rapists; some cringe-worthy refusals to label the Charleston shooting a hate crime; plus the awkward [...]

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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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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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