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I’m a Black Veteran. Why Is Trump Making Me Feel Unpatriotic?

Is there such a thing as a black American? This is a really easy question that the United States has yet to answer correctly. And it’s for this reason that I am worried about the future of our country. That last statement can feel cliche given our current environment, where partisans spin routine conflicts into existential threats and describe every election as the final verdict on the nation’s fate. But something different is happening in our politics today. There seems to be a subtle but concerted effort to paint black citizens who criticize President Donald Trump or the United States as un-American. [Continue reading...]

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 up, relentlessly rallying its support behind Lynch: the black sorority. During her initial hearing, the seats behind Lynch were filled with more than two dozen of her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters arrayed in crimson-and-cream blazers and blouses, ensuring their visibility on the national stage. These Delta women—U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge and Joyce Beatty among them—were there to lend moral support and show the committee that they meant [...]

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 years ago; only 60 percent think the government should make cash payments to descendants of slaves. White Americans, on the other hand, have reached a consensus: In a YouGov poll taken shortly after the Atlantic published Ta-Nehisi Coates’s viral feature, “The Case for Reparations,” 94 percent were opposed. Yet a year of protests over disparate law enforcement practices, a decade of particularly sharp income inequality and centuries of [...]

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