The Obama analysis of racism in law enforcement drains the issue of its culture-war ferocity, and reduces it to a technocratic problem. This is frustrating to conservatives itching to pit black against white. It is also frustrating to Obama’s critics on the left, who see direct (peaceful) confrontation as the straightest path to correcting long-standing patterns of racism. By dismissing Obama’s position as a façade by a black president to soothe jittery whites, they consign it to political oblivion. Obama, concludes Lopez, “feels like he needs to be unsatisfying. So as America’s conversation on race moves forward, the president’s voice will by and large stay behind.” On the contrary, given that Obama actually believes in what he says, and what he says does amount to a coherent, if complicated, solution, it is also possible that his ideas will live on after he departs the White House. … [Read more...] about Does President Obama Believe What He Says About Race?
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Obama released a 12-minute video on Tuesday, saying he was “proud to endorse my friend” for president of the United States. He referenced the coronavirus pandemic in his statement and said times of crisis make the need for good leadership more critical—“the kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.” … [Read more...] about Barack Obama Appeals for Unity as He Endorses Joe Biden for President
“The decision could get lost in the pandemonium,” said Chuck Rocha, a former senior adviser to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (I-Vt.) presidential campaign who now runs Nuestro PAC, a super PAC focused on Latino outreach and voter turnout. … [Read more...] about Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA
“We're seeing that black people in Minneapolis are arrested at nine times the rate of a white person for nonviolent offenses," Hostin said. "That says something to me, and I think, you know, when we talk about politics, and we talk about Joe Biden's selection for a vice presidential pick, that is why the black community has said that Amy Klobuchar is a nonstarter for them, because in many respects from 1999 to 2007, she declined to prosecute over two dozen cases involving police killings of unarmed people." … [Read more...] about African-American activists escalating efforts to persuade Biden not to pick Klobuchar for VP
“It's not a matter of who you want to go to the movies with. It's a matter of being able to do it on day one,” says Reines. “In a perfect world, he would pick Bernie Sanders,” he adds. “I mean that would be a horrible world, but in that world he would pick Bernie to consolidate the party and money.” … [Read more...] about How To Screw Up a Vice Presidential Pick